No one “gaffe” has stuck to an individual in this election more than Michelle Obama’s now infamous statement that the excitement surrounding her husband’s campaign had made her proud of her country “for the first time” in her adult life. Since then, her critics have (rather successfully) painted her as unpatriotic, or worse yet, as a “militant black woman.”
But those criticisms have fallen on deaf ears for those who, like myself, have consistently seen a completely different version of Michelle on the campaign trail than how she’s been portrayed by some in the media.
So I’m curious. For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? What were your impressions of her going in? If you were unsure about her, did her performance sway you one way or the other? Did she reinforce any presuppositions that you may have had? If this was your introduction to Michelle Obama, what kind of first impression did she make on you?