Fresh from her big speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama electrified an enthusiastic crowd at a luncheon this afternoon for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.
While most of her comments predictably outlined her husband President Barack Obama’s dedication to LGBT issues, some of her unscripted moments garnered the most enthusiastic reactions from those gathered, according to the official release from The White House’s Office of the First Lady. Here are a few:
At one point, the First Lady’s speech was interrupted with a shout out:
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love Barack!
MRS. OBAMA: Yes, I do, too. (Applause.) We have something in common. (Laughter.)
At another point in her remarks, she attempted to impress on the attendees the urgent necessity of working hard on the reelection campaign. When she attempted to appear stern, an audience member played right into her ploy:
MRS. OBAMA: So what I want to say here today is that we don’t have a single minute to waste. We really don’t. ... We need you out there every single day between now and November the 6th. You see my face? I’m serious. (Laughter and applause.) It’s my serious-First-Lady face. (Laughter.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Your mom face.
MRS. OBAMA: My mom face, that’s right. (Laughter.) That’s it. You heard me, Sasha. (Laughter.) Yes, that’s how it works. (Laughter and applause.)
At the start of her speech, her attempt to play humble totally stoked the crowd:
MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my gosh. (Applause.) I’m not going to talk long because I think you might be a little sick of me. (Laughter.)
MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much.
But she remained true to her word. The press release clocked her time at the lunch at just 15 minutes.
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