Michelle Obama wins spousal speech fight

06 September 2012 | 12:59 - By Rhiannon Elston

If US elections could be won by the heat generated on Twitter when candidates’ wives take the stage, then Michelle Obama has secured her husband a second term in the White House.

If US elections could be won by the heat generated on Twitter when candidates’ wives take the stage, then Michelle Obama has secured her husband a second term in the White House.

The first lady proved her speech craft is as strong as her biceps during the Democratic National Convention held in North Carolina today.

Michelle Obama’s performance generated 28,003 tweets per minute (TPM) at its strongest point, according to official Twitter data.

It’s a sharp jump on Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, who generated just 6,195 tweets per minute – and that only when she was joined her husband on stage. (Numbers aren't everything, of course: Ann Romney's speech was generally warmly received by Twitter users and commentators).

Wearing pink and showing off her much-lauded shoulders, the US President's wife focused on family life, healthcare and education during her 25-minute speech.

The line that generated the most online buzz for Mrs Obama? "We've got so much more to do."

Watch the full speech here:

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08 Sep 2012 1:32 AEST

foday bundu

From: perth

inspirational

Both Michelle and Obama stories about their family background ,will move any lazy parent to work hard and give everything for their kids to have a brighter future,the same to any kid on earth to make good use of any good opportunity given to them by their parent.Her speech will move a mountain.

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