Michelle Obama hails husband as ‘man we can trust’ during DNC speech

  • First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Ken Yarmosh,  of Charlotte, N.C. walks up Stonewall Street in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 carrying a cross. He said he is at the Democratic National Convention to remind people that what they are looking at is political and temporal, and that the true hope and change is Jesus Christ. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Ken Yarmosh, of Charlotte, N.C. walks up Stonewall Street in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 carrying a cross. He said he is at the Democratic National Convention to remind people that what they are looking at is political and temporal, and that the true hope and change is Jesus Christ. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • A woman takes a picture of an ice sculpture that says "Middle Class" on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2012 in Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., which has been taken over by the Occupy movement during the Democratic National Convention. The sculpture, which was made by artists Ligorano and Reese, is called "Morning in America" and is supposed to represent the fact that the middle class is disappearing like ice. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)A woman takes a picture of an ice sculpture that says "Middle Class" on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2012 in Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., which has been taken over by the Occupy movement during the Democratic National Convention. The sculpture, which was made by artists Ligorano and Reese, is called "Morning in America" and is supposed to represent the fact that the middle class is disappearing like ice. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Lauren Digioia, center, of New York City, who is a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, talks to fellow protesters on the streets of Charlotte, N.C. outside the Democratic National Convention. Although they were given a designated "free speech zone," protesters preferred to stay in the street. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Lauren Digioia, center, of New York City, who is a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, talks to fellow protesters on the streets of Charlotte, N.C. outside the Democratic National Convention. Although they were given a designated "free speech zone," protesters preferred to stay in the street. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Police officers use their bicycles to create a perimeter to keep protesters inside a designated area along Stonewall Street in Charlotte, N.C. Protesters are allowed to march and demonstrate at the Democratic National Convention but are being kept well away from DNC venues. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Police officers use their bicycles to create a perimeter to keep protesters inside a designated area along Stonewall Street in Charlotte, N.C. Protesters are allowed to march and demonstrate at the Democratic National Convention but are being kept well away from DNC venues. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • A police officer pushes a protester back into the protest zone created by police in the streets of Charlotte outside the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)A police officer pushes a protester back into the protest zone created by police in the streets of Charlotte outside the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Protesters pull out a tent and cram 13 people inside of it, chanting, "This is affordable housing!" and then, "Out of the tents and into the streets!" in Charlotte, N.C. There are hundreds of Occupy protesters in town for the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Protesters pull out a tent and cram 13 people inside of it, chanting, "This is affordable housing!" and then, "Out of the tents and into the streets!" in Charlotte, N.C. There are hundreds of Occupy protesters in town for the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., Chair of the Democratic National Committee gavels in the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Fla., Chair of the Democratic National Committee gavels in the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • The third-grade class of the W.R. O'Dell Elementary School in Concord, N.C., recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)The third-grade class of the W.R. O'Dell Elementary School in Concord, N.C., recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and "Glee" actress, sings the National anthem before a color guard of Disabled American Veterans of The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Amber Riley, singer/songwriter and "Glee" actress, sings the National anthem before a color guard of Disabled American Veterans of The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs The Honorable Kamala D. Harris State Attorney General of California and The Honorable Martin O'Malley Governor of Maryland at the Democratic National Committee gavels in the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs The Honorable Kamala D. Harris State Attorney General of California and The Honorable Martin O'Malley Governor of Maryland at the Democratic National Committee gavels in the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • ** FILE ** Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)** FILE ** Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • Democrats applaud as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Democrats applaud as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Democrats applaud as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Democrats applaud as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • North carolina delegate Denise Adams applauds as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)North carolina delegate Denise Adams applauds as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Texas delegate Trisha Frederick, of Houston, Tex., listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Texas delegate Trisha Frederick, of Houston, Tex., listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Tim Kaine, Candidate for the US Senate from Virginia, former Governor of Virginia and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Tim Kaine, Candidate for the US Senate from Virginia, former Governor of Virginia and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Nevada delegate and National co-chair of the Re-elect Obama campaign, Loretta Harper, listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Nevada delegate and National co-chair of the Re-elect Obama campaign, Loretta Harper, listens to speeches at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Colorado delegate Julia Hicks applauds as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Colorado delegate Julia Hicks applauds as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Colorado delegate Tracy Ducharme, of Colorado Springs, Colo., watches speeches on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Colorado delegate Tracy Ducharme, of Colorado Springs, Colo., watches speeches on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.,Democratic Majority Leader, addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.,Democratic Majority Leader, addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Washington delegate Karl de Jong, of Seattle, Wash., gets loud at the Democratic National Convention2. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Washington delegate Karl de Jong, of Seattle, Wash., gets loud at the Democratic National Convention2. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention and House Democratic Whip addresses the Democratic National Convention2. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention and House Democratic Whip addresses the Democratic National Convention2. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • World War Two veteran and California delegate Stephen E. Sherman of Los Angeles, Calif., applauds as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)World War Two veteran and California delegate Stephen E. Sherman of Los Angeles, Calif., applauds as Cory A. Booker-D, Mayor of Newark, N.J. addresses the Democratic National Convention (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, is seen on the large screen above the stage. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, is seen on the large screen above the stage. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • William Gordner, of Atlanta, Ga. emerges from the Google Photo Booth. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)William Gordner, of Atlanta, Ga. emerges from the Google Photo Booth. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, candidate for the US House of Representatives for Illinois and former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs leaves the stage after addressing the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, candidate for the US House of Representatives for Illinois and former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs leaves the stage after addressing the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • New Mexico delegate Priscilla Chavez, of Las Cruces, N.M. cheers on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)New Mexico delegate Priscilla Chavez, of Las Cruces, N.M. cheers on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, California leads a group of congressional women; The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro, Member of the US House of Representatives, Connecticut, The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of the US House of Representatives, New York, The Honorable Allyson Schwartz, Member of the US House of Representatives, Pennsylvania, The Honorable Gwen Moore
Member of the US House of Representatives, Wisconsin,The Honorable Nydia M. Vel·zquez
Member of the US House of Representatives, New York, Tulsi Gabbard Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Hawaii, Joyce Beatty
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Ohio, address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, California leads a group of congressional women; The Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro, Member of the US House of Representatives, Connecticut, The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney Member of the US House of Representatives, New York, The Honorable Allyson Schwartz, Member of the US House of Representatives, Pennsylvania, The Honorable Gwen Moore Member of the US House of Representatives, Wisconsin,The Honorable Nydia M. Vel·zquez Member of the US House of Representatives, New York, Tulsi Gabbard Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Hawaii, Joyce Beatty Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Ohio, address the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Joe Kennedy III, candidate for the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Minnesota delegate Katrina Wilder, from St. Cloud, Minn., cheers a speaker during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Minnesota delegate Katrina Wilder, from St. Cloud, Minn., cheers a speaker during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Ill., former White House Chief of Staff addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Ill., former White House Chief of Staff addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Ill. addresses the Democratic National Convention.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Ill. addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Convention volunteer Regina Davidson wipes away a tear while watching a speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)Convention volunteer Regina Davidson wipes away a tear while watching a speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)
  • Kal Penn, actor/producer and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Kal Penn, actor/producer and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • View of the first night of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)View of the first night of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Joaquin Castro, right,  brother of Julian Castro, left, Mayor of San Antonio, Tex. introduces him for the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)Joaquin Castro, right, brother of Julian Castro, left, Mayor of San Antonio, Tex. introduces him for the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, delivers the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, delivers the keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)
  • First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
  • First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.  (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on its opening night at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First lady Michelle Obama pleaded with voters Tuesday to reward her husband with re-election, telling delegates at the Democrats’ convention that President Obama comes from humble beginnings but was able to reach the White House by taking advantage of the same kind of social safety net he defends on the campaign trail.

Democrats convened their nominating convention with a mix of sharp barbs against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his personal wealth, and a defense of Mr. Obama’s first-term record on everything from health care to gay rights.

Seeking to unify Democrats and win over independents with the inspirational story that powered Mr. Obama to an historic election in 2008, Mrs. Obama told delegates her husband is still pushing for the vision voters embraced four years ago.

She said also the president’s push for government programs is personal because they are the foundation he himself used to climb to the White House.

“He believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you — you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed,” she said, her pointedly personal appeal winning chants of “Four more years” from the frenetic crowd.

Democrats sought to turn the election into a choice between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney, rather than a referendum on the president — which would be bad news for the incumbent, who polls show many voters are wary of returning to Washington.

“We’re making progress, and now we need to make a choice,” San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said in the convention’s keynote address, delivered later Tuesday night. “It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more, so that millionaires can pay less — or a country where everybody pays their fair share.”

Mr. Castro becomes the first Latino to deliver a keynote address — a move aimed at highlighting the diversity of the Democratic Party as Mr. Obama tries to rally a disparate coalition of black and Hispanic voters, women and gay-rights supporters that can give him a majority.

The convention begins as polls show the race between Mr. Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney to be a tight affair. The Real Clear Politics average of polls gives Mr. Obama a lead of just a tenth of a percent — though the president also holds razor-thin leads in most battleground states.

Most important, Mr. Romney did not get a boost from his convention last week, according to the latest round of polls.

Just as Ann Romney, wife of Mr. Romney, did at Republicans’ convention last week, Mrs. Obama humanized her husband, pointing to him as a devoted husband and a good father who shared the same struggles as other Americans when they were a newlywed couple.

She talked about Mr. Obama picking her up for dates in a car that had a rusted-out bottom, and about their upbringings in families of limited means.

“We were so young, so in love, and so in debt,” she said — but she put a political point on the message, saying that’s why Mr. Obama supports increasing student aid.

“In the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political, they’re personal,” she said.

The election is shaping up as a clash between dramatically different views of government power and the social safety net.

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