Michele Obama's father and MS
Posted Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at 12:24 AM ET
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I want to vote for Michelle Obama's father. After listening to her speech to the Democratic Convention, it was his story of living with multiple sclerosisi that sticks with me. He fumbled with his buttons every morning to put on his shirt. He walked on two canes just to make it across the room so that he could kiss his wife. When even the simplest daily routines got harder, he kept smiling. "He just woke up a little earlier, and worked a little harder," said Michelle Obama. When the cameras cut to his widow with tears in her eyes, the moment was sealed.