Opinion: Michelle Obama relates to women more so than Ann Romney
During the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, two important speakers were Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.
The First Lady delivered a powerful and well written speech, demonstrating that she and her husband know what struggling middle class families are going through. Obama spoke of the simple joys they experienced before moving into the White House. She described their rusted car, coffee table from the dumpster, and shoes half a size too small.
During her speech, Obama makes several references to the Republican Party’s platform without an outright mention.
“That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again, jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America,” Obama said, with an obvious jab at Romney’s reputation of outsourcing jobs.
“He wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same opportunity no matter who we are or where we’re from or what we look like or who we love,” Obama said later expressing their views on gay marriage.
“He believes that when you’ve worked hard and done well and walked through that door of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you,” Obama said, slyly pointing a finger at the Republicans. “No, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”
Obama’s speech was beyond compare. She tactfully highlighted the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties without any negative connotations.
Obama also spoke of women’s struggles, especially in the workforce. However, she did not forget the importance of men in the family. Obama affectionately remembered her husband’s worry over their newborn children, and how he checked on them every few minutes to “ensure that they were still breathing.”
On the other hand, Ann Romney focused solely on women’s emotions and sacrifices, with little mention of the husband’s role in the family.
“Sometimes I think that late at night if we were all silent for just a few moments and listened carefully, we could hear a collective sigh from the moms and dads of America who have made it through another day… and if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men,” Romney said, emphasizing her focus on the importance of women.
As a general rule, women’s rights are always a good topic to discuss because women are underrepresented and treated unequally all around the world. However, Romney’s speech was a disgusting explanation of women. Her high-pitched voice and girlish giggles were infuriating. She did not accurately represent what women in middle class families are: strong-willed and determined. Romney exuded a superficial high school girl, still stuck in the past, at a high school dance with her boyfriend.
Obama’s speech was delivered with much more force, power, and humility. She was an accurate representation of women.
Romney’s focus on love, although seemingly a good idea, backfired. In her attempt to describe her early married life, she and Mitt Romney came off as irresponsible.
“We were determined to not let anything stand in the way of our life together…” Romney said. “We were very young, both still in college. There were many reasons to delay marriage, and you know what? We just didn’t care. We got married and moved into a basement apartment.”
“We just didn’t care” is not a comforting message from a potential First Lady. It shows that they were willing to jump into a new situation without a second thought toward its consequences.
A final, infuriating line from Romney’s speech was the last straw.
“He will take us to a better place just as he took me home safely from that dance,” Romney said.
In no way does Mitt Romney’s ability to drive reflect his ability to rule the country. What was Romney thinking when she said that?
With this final statement, the defense rests its case. Obama’s speech was much more meaningful and substantial than Romney’s. Although she did not hesitate to talk about political issues, Obama did it in a commendable fashion, whereas Romney spoke of love and filled the rest of her speech with bits of fluff.