Michelle Obama's DNC speech leaves journalists speechless

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Michelle Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday left members of the news media gasping for superlatives, Rebecca Shapiro writes in The Huffington Post.

CNN's Anderson Cooper tweeted that he has "never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever." CNN's Wolf Blitzer echoed these sentiments, calling the speech "a grand slam." John King noted that Obama's speech was going to be "hard to top." CNN's Donna Brazile summed up the feeling in the convention center, tweeting "Love is in the air.

In his daily Morning Jolt email, the National Review's Jim Geraghty writes, "I actually thought Michelle Obama had a really good speech, probably as good a case as can be made for Obama under these circumstances."

And if you accept the notion that the number of tweets sent during an event is a useful journalistic metric, Twitter has stats for you. Three million DNC-related tweets flew Tuesday night, compared with four million over the course of the entire Republican National Convention, Adam Sharp writes. Also:

Among tonight’s keynotes, First Lady Michelle Obama’s (@MichelleObama) primetime speech peaked at 28,003 Tweets per minute (TPM) at its conclusion — nearly double Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s (@MittRomney) 14,289 peak. One line in her speech this evening — “we've got so much more to do” — saw 22,004 TPM.

"The next step though is for a sentiment analysis company to step in and tell us what all of these tweets mean for each party," Drew Olanoff writes in TechCrunch. (My guess? It simply bears out Pew's recent report that more Democrats than Republicans use social networks to talk politics.)

Back to the speech: Who wrote this triumph? Atlantic Digital Editor Bob Cohn tweeted that Bob Schieffer had reported Obama wrote the speech herself, a claim that seems at odds with the laws of physics in federal Washington: Surely someone is gonna try to take credit for this thing.

In a New York Times piece published Monday, Jodi Kantor wrote "Behind the scenes, Mrs. Obama’s advocacy for her husband can be so forceful that speechwriters have had to tone it down over the years for public presentation, aides say."

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    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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