Michelle Obama, Base-Rallier-in-Chief, made an impassioned speech Thursday morning in which she asked female Democrats for both their time and money.
"Make sure that every single person that you know - I mean everybody that you know - everybody within the length of your influence, the touch of your hand, the sound of your voice, your friends, your neighbours, that nephew you haven't seen in a while, that college roommate you haven't spoken to in decades: now is the time. Pick up the phone," she said to hundreds of women at a ballroom meeting of the party's Women's Caucus.
Here's how the women reacted when she was introduced with Joe Biden's wife Jill:
And here's the "Fired Up, Ready to Go" chant that immediately preceded those cheers:
"This one could come down to those last few thousand votes in a single battleground state," Obama said. She added later: "If you don't live in a battleground state: get to one!" And: "If you can afford it, write a cheque. And if you haven't maxed out: max out!"
Michelle is more popular than Barack. As per usual, her speech drew roars from the faithful. After she was done, dozens of people approached the stage to try to snap a photo of her. A few stood on chairs, holding iPads above their heads.
Michelle praised Bill Clinton's Wednesday convention speech and the convention itself. Employing the faux-stammer she also used in her own convention speech - do do do you hear me on this one? - she returned to the themes she emphasized on Tuesday, such as her husband's understanding of the value of hard work, her husband's non-sexism, and the general awesomeness of her husband.
She goofed once: "By taking part in the democratic process," she said, "that for more than 200 centuries has made America the greatest country on Earth..."