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DNC Diary: Rocking in the Great Outdoors, Michelle Preview, and Unplugging and Recharging at the Oasis

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

This morning I had breakfast with Valerie Jarrett, Michelle and Barack Obama's close friend and a senior advisor on the campaign. She'd flown in yesterday with Michelle and the kids and heard her practice her speech -- which she described as very personal and very emotional. The introductory video is narrated by Michelle's mother, who Valerie says regularly pinches herself and says, "I can't believe that's my little girl." Meanwhile, the HuffPost Oasis has become a must-visit destination for harried conventioneers. When I left the Oasis this afternoon, one high-powered magazine editor was slumping contentedly on the coach. "I've gotten two massages and taken an incredible yoga class," he said. "I can't seem to leave the Oasis." He's not the only one.