Michelle Obama charged up the DNC crowd with an emotive speech on the first night. As usual for a first lady's speech, she began by humanizing Obama with stories of their loving family and personal struggles. But the second half of the speech was an unusual deviation into explicit politics.
The first half of the speech drew an unspoken contrast between the Obamas and the Romneys. Michelle went into detail on the Obamas' hardscrabble upbringings, and got laughs when she said Obama "was a guy who's proudest possession was a coffee table he found in a dumpster."