09/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Advisor Jamal Simmons Analyzes Michelle's Speech

Salimah Ebrahim asked Jamal Simmons, Senior Democratic Advisor to Barack Obama, about Michelle Obama's speech on the opening night of the DNC Convention. Calling her both vulnerable and strong, Simmons believes the potential First Lady took Republican criticisms head-on in talking about her experience growing up in Middle America.

She was sensitive and showed some vulnerability... I think that's who she is. What we've been seeing about her over the course of the campaign are snippets -- 30 seconds here, 10 seconds there, Republicans slicing and dicing what she's saying into the smallest 6 seconds. But now we've seen more of the fullness of who she is... She's taking that head on. She talked about why she loves America. That was her taking on all these little snippets about, you know, the first time she was proud of her country. Anybody who was really listening to that and being fair could understand what she was saying, but tonight she really broadened that out and made the case for herself, and people can make the judgment after that...

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