While Fox News political analyst Chris Wallace called first lady Michelle Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention "masterful" and heartfelt, he said he was struck by the fact that nearly all of her speech was about about the importance of government in the lives of Americans.
"I've got to say, listening closely to the speech one of the things that struck me was it was all about government," Wallace said Tuesday night during Fox News' coverage of the DNC. "When she talked at the beginning about the people who exemplify the best of the American spirit, she talked about teachers and first responders and the military, all very admirable professions, but all government."
He continued: "When she talked about ways to build the middle class, it was all about the auto bailout and student loans and health care reform, once again, all government programs...That was a subtle subtext to the entire speech."
Wallace also accused the first lady of being somewhat hypocritical when she said that Obama sees the nation as one America, saying "that certainly hasn't been the way this president has run the campaign, which has been quite sharp, quite partisan, quite negative."
Finally, after being in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, Wallace explained that the contrast between the two conventions in both tone and message could not be starker.
"The difference in tone and philosophy…the reliance on government, the praise on government, the central role it plays and their vision of America -- very different from what we heard from Republicans in Tampa," Wallace added.
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