Michelle Obama: "Barack Knows the American Dream"

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 5 2012 8:37 AM

DNC, Night 1 Video Recap: Michelle, Castro and 3-Year-Old Carina Victoria

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte

Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP/GettyImages.

For those of you who may have missed the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, embedded below is video of the four speeches garnering the most attention today.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

Michelle Obama got off to a somewhat slow start, but finished strong:

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro staked his claim as a rising star within the party:

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland served up heaps of red meat to the partisan crowd:

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley brought tons of enthusiasm and got the crowd going, but his "forward not back" bit came off a little short of authentic:

Bonus video (because no night-one recap would be complete without it): Carina Victoria, Castro's three-year-old daughter, seizing her moment in the spotlight during her father's speech:

Read the rest of Slate’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention.