The Moment The Whole World Fell In Love With Michelle Obama

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With a mere 21 days remaining until the inauguration, it's no surprise that Democrats, progressives, and basically anyone who prefers the current president to the one that's lurking right around the corner are taking a moment to look back in appreciation of the eight-year tenure of President Barack Obama. And if you're examining the public trajectory of the Obamas, and specifically that of the first lady, there's one introductory moment that really stands out ― the moment so many people fell in love with Michelle Obama for the very first time.

It was, of course, her speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the first of a trilogy of major speeches she gave in that setting, also earning rave reviews in 2012 and 2016. It was her first big moment on the national stage, amid a nominating convention that was making history, with a major party selecting a black presidential nominee for the very first time.

And, despite the fact that Michelle was by all accounts not enthusiastic about public speaking on such a big stage, she won the audience over, both in the convention stadium, and in homes throughout America. Here's how it looked and sounded, along with the transcript of her impressive address.

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Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, addresses the audience at the Democratic National Convention 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on August 25, 2008. The Democrats formally opened their convention to crown Barack Obama as the first black presidential election nominee. The DNC is held 25-28 August.
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Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, addresses the audience at the Democratic National Convention 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on August 25, 2008. The Democrats formally opened their convention to crown Barack Obama as the first black presidential election nominee. The DNC is held 25-28 August.
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DENVER - AUGUST 28: (R-L) Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), wife Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Democratic U.S. Vice-Presidential nominee Joe Biden (D-DE) walk of stage after Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High at the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) August 28, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Obama's acceptance speech coincides today with the 45th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivery of the 'I Have a Dream' speech. Sen. Obama is now the first African-American to be officially nominated as a candidate for U.S. president by a major party. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy-Pool/Getty Images)

If you watch the speech in full, which is highly recommended, one of the things you'll instantly notice is that Michelle's delivery isn't nearly as polished or confident as it was in her 2016 DNC speech. And that's no surprise, this being the first time she ever had to deliver such a massive, high-stakes address. The speech as delivered also varied slightly from the remarks as prepared, with a few familiar verbal tics thrown in here and there.

But in sum, she commanded the stage with exactly the kind of eloquence and soaring rhetoric any Obama supporter could've hoped for, and helped lay the groundwork for her husband's historic nomination. Make no mistake, millions of Americans (and people all over the world) are going to miss her dearly, regardless of whether she decides to maintain a high public profile or not. But you'd be hard pressed to argue that she's earned a little time off after these long eight years.