Members of the media loved First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech Tuesday night. During yesterday’s press gaggle with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Traveling Press Secretary Jen Psaki, one reporter just had to know: Did the president cry while watching his wife speak?
From the transcript:
Q And do either of you have any reaction from the President on the First Lady’s speech last night and what he thought when he watched it?
MR. CARNEY: I spoke with him about it this morning, and he was extremely pleased with the First Lady’s performance, and commented on the power of the words she spoke and the grace and skill with which she delivered the speech. I think any of us — any of you who saw it I think I’m sure were impressed by it, as I was.
Q Did he get misty?
MR. CARNEY: I didn’t ask him if he got misty.
MS. PSAKI: I can also add just for a little more detail that he called the First Lady last night to just tell her how proud he was of her and what an incredible job she did during her remarks. As you saw in the photo, he watched the speech with his two daughters and with Mrs. Robinson, and they had dinner before the speech and talked about their first day of school because yesterday was the girls’ first day of school.
President Obama told voters at a campaign event on Tuesday that he was looking forward to the First Lady’s speech, but warned that he would get “misty.”
“I’m gonna try not to let them see their daddy cry,” Obama said, after explaining he would watch the speech with his daughters. “Because when Michelle starts talking, I start getting all misty.”