by Karin McQuillan
September 6, 2012
For those of you who couldn't stomach watching Michelle Obama Tuesday night, you missed quite a performance. She has become a pro at public speaking. She reads the teleprompter as smoothly as her husband, with emotion added in all the right places. It went over just fine in the hall, with Democrats mooning over her with the same creepy rapture we saw in Obama's mass appearances in 2008. They cried when she called herself Mom-in-Chief. Enough said.
What was most interesting was that her speech had obviously been reworked rapidly in the last week. It was a weird, copycat complement to Republicans. It's like an unsure competitor looking to see what the champion is doing, and quickly trying to mimic it. "Oh, you talked a lot about the American Dream and that resonated with the public -- watch me, I can do it, too." She even cribbed lines and phrases from the Romneys. The trouble is that the pretend principles did not match who the Obamas actually are. It was the perfect ersatz speech from the wife of our Faker in Chief.