Michelle: Barack Knows ‘American Dream’

“We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.” That’s how first lady Michelle Obama began her convention speech Tuesday, which focused on her family’s roots as average Americans who struggled to achieve the “American Dream.” She recalled dating Barack when his “only pair of decent shoes was a half size too small” and the “simple joys” of family life before her husband ran for president. Four years after the election, she said she’s “seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are—it reveals who you are.” She said her husband is a man who understands the necessity of financial aid, that women are capable of making choices about their bodies and health care, and that when you’re presented with the “doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you."