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Highlights of Michelle Obama's DNC speech

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CHARLOTTE -- USA TODAY live blogged Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. Here are highlights.

11:05 p.m. ET: Obama is done speaking. It's time for the closing prayer.

Photos: Michelle Obama speaks at DNC

11:04 p.m. ET: The audience is screaming so loud that Obama's words can barely be heard: "We must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward."

11:02 p.m. ET: Michelle Obama says, "At the end of the day, my most important title is Mom in Chief. My daughters are the center of my world. Today, I have none of those worries from four years ago ... if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters and we want to give all our children a foundation for their dreams ... there is always something better out there if you're willing to work for it."

11:01 p.m. ET: Obama urges the arena crowd to "make their voices heard" and get to the polls on Election Day. "If a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream ... then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream."

11 p.m. ET: "Doing the impossible is the history of this nation," Obama says. "It's who we are as a nation."

10:59 p.m. ET: "Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward, with patience and wisdom."

Obama says the president reminds her "we are playing a long game here and that change is hard."

10:58 p.m. ET: "Today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago. Even more than I did 23 years ago. I love that he's never forgotten how he started. I love that for Barack ... there is no such thing as 'us' and 'them.' "

10:57 p.m. ET: "I see the concern in his eyes," Michelle Obama says. "I hear the determination in his voice." The chants of "four more years" start again.

10:56 p.m. ET: The audience in this arena alternates between hushed silence, hanging on Michelle Obama's every word, and rousing bouts of applause.

10:55 p.m. ET: Obama says for the president "success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives."

10:54 p.m ET: The first lady says her husband "believes that when you've worked hard ... and walked through that doorway of opportunity: You do not slam it shut behind you."

10:53 p.m. ET: "In the end, for Barack, these issues aren't political -- they're personal. Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.

10:52 p.m. ET: The audience is now out of there seats. Obama says president "believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices abou tour bodies and our health care."

10:50 p.m. ET: Sorry for the technical issues. We're back. Obama says the president "brought our economy from the brink of collapse."

"when it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day ... He didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically."

10:43 p.m. ET: Obama talks about the "unconditional love" that her family and Barack's gave to both of them as they were growing up.

10:42 p.m. ET: Obama shares how she had some doubts about her husband's election and the impact on daughters Malia and Sasha. "The truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls. I deeply loved the man I had built that life with ... I loved Barack just the way he was."

10:41 p.m. ET "Every day the people I meet inspire me ... every day they make me proud," Obama says.

10:40 p.m. ET: Obama talks about the "extraordinary privilege" she's had meeting people across the country, and the heroism of teachers, every day people and American servicemen and women.

10:39 p.m. ET: Crowd chants for the first lady: "Four more years, four more years."

10:38 p.m. ET: And here's Michelle Obama, coming to the stage to the sounds of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder. And the crowd is singing along and clapping.

10:35 p.m. ET: Crowd just a little disappointed that Michelle Obama didn't walk out on stage after the video. Elaine Brye, who describes herself as a military mom, is introducing the first lady.

10:35 p.m. ET: "The girls are going to be fine because they have the best mom in the world," Obama says

10:33 p.m. ET: President Obama is talking in the intro video about his wife, the mother of his two daughters. "My kids are special and remarkable and the reason they are is Michelle," the president says.

10:29 p.m. ET: The arena audience is watching a video about Michelle Obama, starring her mother, Marian Robinson, brother Craig Robinson and the president.

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

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