Cindy—What? You received the same email? Well, Michelle has a lot of friends, you know. I wrote back:
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.
Michelle—She did not write back, but that's ok. I know she is very busy. But Barack got back to me this morning:
Good luck with your speech. I know you will knock it out the park.
Tell the girls Sophie says Hi.
Cindy—That's nice, isn't it? I wish Husband thought I was electrifying.
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.
Now it's Michelle's turn to write. Here is what I'm sure she will say:
Hi Cindy—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.
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.