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Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., has commented on Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention by suggesting that the first lady glossed over controversial topics such as abortion and same-sex marriage, two issues President Barack Obama supports.
"She looked beautiful and proves that she's nearly as much a consummate skilled politician as her husband. She almost makes you forget that her husband supports killing babies and destroying natural marriage," King wrote in a critique of Obama's speech.
At the DNC convention on Tuesday, Michelle Obama said: "If women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote, if a generation could defeat a depression and define greatness for all time, if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream, and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream."
King, who is a civil rights leader herself and campaigns for pro-life views and the traditional definition of marriage on her King for America organization, noted that Obama had "skillfully" moved through the controversial issues of abortion and homosexual marriage, and had also failed to mention some other important issues surrounding American's current state, such as the high rate of unemployment and the national debt that the country finds itself in.
"Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love," Michelle Obama noted, reminding listeners that her husband had come from very humble beginnings. "He believes that when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."
King noted, however, in her critique: "Mrs. Obama's efforts to pit the rich against the poor also fall short of the mark, when we consider that both candidates and their families are not poor people. The President and First Lady are not poor by a long shot."
"Women should also be very wary of an agenda that is very harmful to the female and family populations of America, which is the agenda that Mrs. Michelle Obama, the First Lady of America is promoting," King added. "The current administration supports programs and initiatives such as homosexual marriage and the HHS Mandate which delivers harmful chemical and medical procedures that are linked to strokes, heart attacks, breast cancer and a host of other ills that are harmful to the lives of babies and women."
President Barack Obama is set to close out the Democratic National Convention tonight at 10 p.m. EST, where he is expected to accept his party's nomination and goals for the U.S. if re-elected to office for another four years.