The president, running for a second term in a tight election, said he could get “all misty” when First Lady Michelle Obama steps to the podium to headline the first night of the nominating jamboree in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Now, I know that whatever I say here today it’s going to be, at best, a distant second to the speech you will hear tonight from the star of the Obama family, Michelle Obama,” Obama told a rally in Virginia.
“You know, this is just like a relay and you start off with the fastest person,” said Obama, who will close the convention Thursday in his best chance to present a stark choice between himself and Republican Mitt Romney.
“I’m going to be at home and I’m going to be watching it with our girls, and I am going to try not to let them see their Daddy cry. Because when Michelle starts talking, I start getting all misty.”
Earlier, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that as the person that knows the president best, Michelle Obama would speak about the “values and experience that drive him.”
“She’ll give a personal and passionate speech … she’ll talk about the president’s deep connection to the struggles middle-class families are facing, because he’s lived it, and why he’s made the choices he’s made to strengthen the middle class and move our nation forward,” Psaki said.
Obama held his final rally before heading to Charlotte on Wednesday in Virginia, before 11,000 people under a hot sun at Norfolk State University, a historically black college.
The president became the first Democratic candidate to carry Virginia since 1964 four years ago, and needs to maximize African American turnout, if he is to win the vital state again.