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First Lady Michelle Obama got the prime-time spotlight last night and brought down a house full of more than 5000 delegates. We hear some highlights and look at what’s up for tonight.

To the Point is broadcasting live from the Democratic convention all week. You can find extended interviews, pictures and more at KCRW.org/election2012.

Banner image: First Lady Michelle Obama waves before addressing the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012. Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters

Producers:
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg
Christian Bordal
Saul Gonzalez
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Bill Clinton to Take the Stage at the Democratic Convention 27 MIN, 15 SEC

Tonight, former President Bill Clinton will be the prime time speaker who nominates the current President Barack Obama for re-election. Republicans claim he'll just remind voters of better days. Is he a risky choice for prime time? Will he overshadow the man he'll nominate? We talk about a stormy relationship with the biographer of both Clinton and Obama, whose relationship is one of the most fascinating in current American politics.

Guests:
David Maraniss, Washington Post (@davidmaraniss)
Ron Fournier, National Journal (@ron_fournier)
Joan Walsh, Salon.com (@joanwalsh)

First in His Class

David Maraniss

Main Topic First Lady Paints Personal Portrait of President 23 MIN, 7 SEC

At the Democratic convention in Charlotte last night, First Lady Michelle Obama told the story of a rise to the White House from humble origins without losing family values. Without ever mentioning Mitt and Ann Romney, she created an image of stunning contrasts. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro also electrified the delegates, the first Latino to keynote a Democratic convention. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick lauded President Obama's long list of accomplishments, made even more impressive considering that "Congressional Republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy." We hear some highlights.

 

Guests:
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
Cheryl Contee, Jack and Jill Politics (@ch3ryl)
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review

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David Maraniss

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