Stephen Dooda, a diehard Democrat from Portsmouth, was relieved to see that Democrats “went after their base” during the convention, especially with Vice President Joe Biden’s speech. “They are finally responding to the fact that Democrats are Democrats; they’re not Republicans,” he said.
The momentum caught up at least one undecided voter here: Brad Wilson, a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. “I made up my mind that I’m voting, 100 percent; I wasn’t really decided until today, but I like what [Obama] is saying,” he said after attending Friday’s event.
Many people said they were especially impressed with how well Michelle Obama portrayed the “human side” of the president.
“The first lady’s presentation was exceptionally penetrating, exciting, exhilarating,” said Julius Wayne Dudley, an Obama for America team leader in Boston’s largely African-American Roxbury neighborhood. “She knows the president in ways that most of us do not… He came off as being super intelligent, knowledgeable, the kind of person that Americans should trust in a turbulent world.”
Mr. Dudley, clad in Obama paraphernalia from head to waist, helped wrangle 16 tickets for grass-roots organizers to attend Friday’s event. They were up late to hear Obama’s convention speech and up early to carpool, and the women were especially excited to see Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden up close, he said.