Grace Notes

America, your next First Lady:

Her speech rocked the house-- even on a night where Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter inspired the faithful, it was Michelle Obama's speech that hit all the right notes of hope, humor and possibility, and the feeling was electric. At first, I wondered why it wasn't on earlier in the night, but by the time it ended, and Barack showed up on the TV screen to interact with his family, I realized it was the perfect way to close out the evening: Kennedy and Carter offered reminders of and links to the party's crucial past, but ending with the Obamas takes the country full-blast into the future.

firedoglake's excellent Christy Hardin Smith has more.

UPDATE (8/26/08, 12:39 A.M.): YouTube has now put the speech up:


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