I just saw this tweet:
I did love Michelle Obama's speech tonight, but I blinked a few times at the reminder that her father had MS and never complained. Was it an obvious comparison to Anne Romney, who has MS and was devastated and had to buy a dancing horse to cheer herself up?
It seemed very pointed to me.
Actually, the first place I turned after the FLOTUS speech was FOX News, because I wanted to see how they'd react (tears?). I heard "So, this was a speech about the economy," and then I changed the channel. I mean, that was a stretch.
But is it a stretch to think she brought up the MS to remind us that Ann Romney is more of a whiner than FLOTUS-pere, or to remind us that she has strong arms and is the fitness FLOTUS and the other girl is sickly?
Here it is in context:
My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and my brother and I were young. And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain. And I knew there were plenty of morning when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.
But every morning I watched my father wake up with a smile, grab his walker, prop himself against the sink and slowly shave and button his uniform. And when he returned home after a long day's work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs of our apartment, patiently waiting to greet him, watching as he reached down to lift one leg and then the other to slowly climb his way into our arms.
But despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work. He and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of.
I don't know. If I were cynical I'd think that was to make us picture Ann Romney in a walker. (Shaving.)