Michelle Obama Comes Into Her Own

The first lady's DNC speech may have ended the "angry black woman" notions that used to haunt her.

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President Obama began his own speech Thursday night by first acknowledging what a boon his wife Michelle has been not only to his life but really all of our lives: "A few nights ago everyone was reminded just what a lucky man I am," he said.

Choosing the word "reminded" as opposed to "witnessed" was strategic. In the president's eyes, and those of most people who've been paying attention to her evolution, Michelle Obama didn't just pop up on convention night 2012 like her husband did eight years before. She has always been that woman -- "passionate," patriotic and persistent  -- over whom the country currently can't stop fawning. People are only now catching up.

So when the first lady said of her husband, "Being the president doesn't change who you are – no, it reveals who you are," she could have just as easily been talking about herself.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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