Michelle Obama ("quoted" by a pool reporter listening through the wall of an adjoining room at an Obama fundraiser Sunday in Chicago):
Don't be fooled by people who claim that it is not his time. We are all too familiar with those baseless claims. We've heard this spewed from the lips of rivals . . . every phase of our journey: He is not experienced enough, he should wait his turn. He is too young, he is not black enough, he is not white enough . . . he is too articulate, he can't raise the money. Don't be fooled by these claims, because they are mere distractions. Distractions that keep us mired in fear so that we are unable to focus on the real issues that are dragging us down as a nation. Only in the world of politics, Michelle Obama said, "would insiders dare to look at those accomplishments and dare to have the audacity to say he is not ready."