The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Michelle tries to rekindle Obama magic at Democrats' convention


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AFP) - Four years ago, Mrs Michelle Obama told skeptical voters that despite her husband's funny name, he was just like them. On Tuesday, she tried to convince them he was also an exceptional president.

More popular than her husband, the First Lady kick-started the Democrats' 2012 convention with a prime-time address in Charlotte, North Carolina that marked another step on her path from reluctant campaigner to political heavy hitter.

While First Ladies since Nellie Taft 100 years ago have waded into the turbid waters of United States (US) presidential politics, Mrs Obama reprised the modern role of providing a humanizing antidote to the hyper-partisan caricatures of the day.

It was before a stadium packed with supporters in Denver, Colorado four years ago that the Harvard and Princeton-trained lawyer made her political debut.