Veronica Roberts

If you watched the first night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, what were your most memorable moments?

It was a night of emotion, humor and in-your-face slam dunks and the following quotes—which run the gamut from funny to fierce-- stayed with me long after the “curtain closed.”


First lady Michelle Obama: “The presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.”

Michelle Obama: ” …. when you've worked hard and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. No, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."

Michelle Obama: “At the end of the day, my most important title is Mom-In-Chief…..”

Michelle Obama: “For Barack, success is not about how much money you make but about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

Michelle Obama’s clever dig at Republican slogan “we built it:” “We learned about gratitude and humility—that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean—and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Romney’s offshore stash: “Swiss bank accounts never created American jobs.”

O’Malley’s chants to counter-act the GOP’s “take their country back” echoed throughout the convention hall, accompanied with raised placards: “Forward, never back!”

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: “If Mitt Romney was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”

Ted Strickland: "Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport. It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick: “I will not stand by and let Barack Obama be bullied out of office, and you shouldn’t either.”

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick on Mitt Romney’s governorship of his state: “Romney loved having the job more than doing the job.”

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick: “It is time Democrats grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe….”

Keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Romneycare: “He said 'yes' for health care, but now he says no.”

San Antonio Mayor Julian Julian Castro: “You can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education…..”

San Antonio Mayor Julian Julian Castro: “My mom fought hard for civil rights, so instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Affordable Care Act: “Being a mother is no longer a liability and being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition…”

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