Michelle’s Neighborhood

Many Americans are waiting for Barack, but Michelle's place on stage may represent a greater transcendence.

I do know that when she takes the stage on Monday night, I will be front and center before my television, cheering her on. With me will be my daughter, who is far less interested in the possibility of an African-American first lady than in her own imminent and nerve-wracking entry into middle school. When I asked my daughter what she thought about Michelle Obama, she just shrugged. If Michelle Obama does become first lady, it will mean both more and less to my daughter than it does to me.

But that stage in Denver will clearly be Michelle’s neighborhood. And we’ll be happy to join her there.

Kim McLarin is the author of Jump at the Sun: A Novel.