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MICHELLE OBAMA….I’ll confess that I find it almost impossible to judge political speeches. My attention usually wanders a bit because I’ve heard all (or most) of it before, I’m hyper-aware that it’s all heavily staged and that every word is designed for a particular purpose, etc. etc. Because of this, to me personally, political speeches seem like specimens, not things that I myself have any genuine connection to.

So instead, I just try to guess how they’re going to go over with other people. Unfortunately, I have no idea. And frankly, I don’t think any of the talking heads on TV have any idea either. So they just follow each others’ leads.

That said, my initial reaction to Michelle Obama’s speech was that it was fine, but a little artificial sounding. But everyone else seems to think it was a home run. Do they really know? Are they just saying that out of partisan loyalty? Are they saying it because everyone else is saying it? Or was it genuinely a home run?

I dunno. I’m afraid I’m autistic on this particular wavelength. What did you all think?

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