Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Obamas and I are tight

Very tight. We email each other, you see. Just yesterday morning I received this email from Michelle (we're on first name basis, of course):

My mom, the girls, and I left home in Chicago and got to Denver yesterday. What a beautiful city!

The convention started this morning, and everyone here is getting ready for the big week.

All the work you've done is at the heart of what's happening here, and our team filmed a short video to give you a look behind the scenes at the convention center.

Take a minute to check out
the video and share it with your friends.

This week, folks from across the country will get to know Barack and our family a little better. Tonight I'm giving a speech at the convention, and I'm planning to share a few stories about the Barack I know—the husband, the father, and the man who shares my dreams for our girls, for this country, and for our future.

Before my speech, we're also going to show a video introducing our family to families across the country. Make sure to turn on your TV at 10:30 p.m. EDT (8:30 p.m. MDT) to see it, or you can watch it at www.BarackObama.com.

This is such an important moment, and I hope you'll join me by tuning into the convention tonight and all week long.

What? You received the same email? Well, Michelle has a lot of friends, you know. I wrote back:

Good luck with your speech. I know you will knock it out the park.

Tell the girls Sophie says Hi.

She did not write back, but that's ok. I know she is very busy. But Barack got back to me this morning:

I am so lucky to be married to the woman who delivered that speech last night.

Michelle was electrifying, inspiring, and absolutely magnificent. I get a lot of credit for the speech I gave at the 2004 convention—but I think she may have me beat.

You have to see
it to believe it.

And make sure to forward this email to your friends and family—they'll want to see it, too.

You really don't want to miss this.

And I'm not just saying that because she's my wife—I truly believe it was the best speech of the campaign so far.

That's nice, isn't it? I wish Husband thought I was electrifying.

Now it's Michelle's turn to write. Here is what I'm sure she will say:
Hi Cindy—

Thanks for your good wishes.

I think the speech went well, but can you believe they played that cheesy Stevie Wonder "Isn't She Lovely" over the applause? WTF? Of course I'm lovely! But that is hardly the point. I am smart, accomplished, well-educated, and articulate. So is Ted Kennedy, but did they play that song for him? Noooooooooo. Hillary may have kicked a few cracks in the glass ceiling, but there's clearly still work to be done. Lovely my ass.

Anyway, thanks for letting me blow off steam. The girls send their love.

I'm so happy Michelle and Barack are my friends. If you would like to be friends with them, just go here. And tell them you're a friend of mine.


Angelina said...

I'm so scared for the upcoming elections. Crappity crap! I have to make sure my address move hasn't effected my voter registration. Can you imagine if I didn't get to vote in this election?

Please please please: let Obama win and let him not be assassinated.

lisagh said...

Um... I don't know how to tell you this, but Michelle and Barack sent me the exact same emails!!!

Do you think they just use a "form letter" and don't really consider us friends?

Oh no...!!!

p.s. Did you get an email from Caroline Kennedy a couple of months ago too?

The Food Librarian said...

I jumped up and screamed, "No, not isn't she lovely!" too. The other day, before I was really awake, I saw my inbox said "Joe Biden" and I was like, Joe...Joe...where do I know that name?!

MsMVNJ said...

Ooooh, you're friends with Michelle and Barack, too?? I just love the emails.

I'm Obama-cized, on my lawn, on my car, everything!

Let Lisagh know that I received Caroline's email, too!

More, More, More said...

for real?! :)

I'm surprised Michelle would say, "WTF?"

KatieGirlBlue said...

I got sick to my stomach when they played "Isn't she lovely." Reminded me of being 18 and enamored with my collegiate Women's Studies courses. I'd emphatically plea my causes to people, only to have them say, "That's nice, sweetheart."

A proverbial kick in the gut.

The Preppy Peach said...

A more appropriate song would have been - I forget the singer - bu the words are - I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint, I do not feel ashamed.

WAY TO GO MICHELLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate said...

Too right!!!

Kat said...

Alanis Morissette
"I'm a bitch" is what you are thinking of.

Anonymous said...

Please know that Michelle is eliminating gender-bias in her own work: she sent the exact same message to my husband that you received.

How amazing was that massive sea of people at the stadium? Wow!

Oh, and that "bitch" song is actually Meredith Brooks... I know this because when it was time for our senior dinners/roasts in my sorority, we each chose a song and rewrote the lyrics for the girl in question. That was my song. And no, they didn't change much of the chorus. Make of this what you will. :-)

preppy little dress said...

oh my god, hilarious! expect a call at 3am the morning of the election!! ha! ha!