Mrs. Obama at the DNC: 8 Best Moments

Blogging the Beltway: From her personal take on struggle to that Tracy Reese dress, some highlights.

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Michelle Obama (AFP/Getty Images)

(The Root) — Though there is no official contest for first lady, that doesn’t stop the media from covering the unofficial campaign for the role, with first lady Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech last night in Charlotte, N.C., being framed as reply to Ann Romney’s RNC address. Yet whether or not a spouse can seriously impact a candidate’s chances for election remains a source of debate.

In 2008 Michelle Obama was an object of suspicion among many voters because of some high-profile communications stumbles on the campaign trail, yet her popular husband was elected anyway. Now, four years later, the roles are reversed, with the first lady’s approval ratings consistently topping his.

How much of a difference that will make in November remains to be seen, but the Obama campaign is clearly hoping that the first lady’s immense popularity will help toward a second term for her husband. This was evidenced by the scope of the convention speech she delivered, which not only focused on illuminating personal details of the Obama family to remind voters who they are but also delved into policy.

Below is a list of the top moments from the first lady’s Democratic convention speech.

1. Her biographical video.

OK, so technically this wasn’t part of the speech. But if the speech was the main event, the biographical video was the opening act, and what an opener it was. From the beautiful black-and-white official White House photographs to the video montage of the first lady jumping rope, dancing the Dougie with children and owning Jimmy Fallon in a potato-sack race, the video reminded us that we’ve never had a first lady as fun and relatable before.

2. Her shoutout to the president’s glass ceiling-breaking grandma.

By paying tribute to President Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham and recalling the sexism and pay inequity she experienced, the first lady paid tribute to women fighting the good fight to break glass ceilings everywhere. Dunham’s story of watching men she trained climb past her up the ladder is a story likely to resonate with some of the female voters the Romney campaign spent much of last week wooing, and who will likely decide this election.

3. Her arms.

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