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Dem convention: Wrapping up Day 1

The New York Times’ Rutenberg: “Democrats opened their convention here on Tuesday night with a parade of officials telling voters that Mitt Romney does not get it and with a rousing speech from Michelle Obama making the case that President Obama does. Mr. Obama’s roster of Democratic promoters spent the first hours detailing a political indictment of Mr. Romney, blistering him as being out of touch with the middle class and intent on taking the country back to the policies that caused the economy’s problems. But the main attraction of the evening was the appearance of Mr. Obama’s lead character witness: the first lady, who, wearing a pink-and-gold-speckled sleeveless dress, was greeted with chants of ‘Four more years!’ from the excited arena, to which she responded: ‘With your help.’”

The Washington Post’s Tumulty: “First lady Michelle Obama declared Tuesday that her husband’s record in office has proved his values, his vision and his courage, as the Democrats opened their convention here with a wide-ranging appeal to the diverse constituencies and interests they must bring out in force to reelect the president. The first night of the convention featured the strong presence of -- and a heavy appeal to -- women, Latinos and young people. Speakers evoked their shared values and issued a warning that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would take the country backward.”

AP: “First lady Michelle Obama lovingly praised her husband Tuesday night in a prime-time Democratic Convention speech as a devoted husband and caring father at home and a ‘man we can trust’ to revive the nation’s weak economy as president, beckoning the country to return him to the White House despite agonizingly slow recovery from recession.”

More: “Mrs. Obama, given a huge ovation and describing herself as the ‘mom in chief,’ made no mention of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But those who preceded her to the podium on the first night of the president’s convention were scathing.”

And: “Castro, the first Hispanic chosen to deliver a keynote address, was unsparing in criticizing Romney, suggesting the former Massachusetts governor might not even be the driving force on the Republican ticket this fall. ‘First they called it ‘trickle down, the supply side,’ he said of the economic proposals backed by Republicans. ‘Now it’s Romney/Ryan. Or is it Ryan/Romney?’”

USA Today: “Julián Castro has arrived. The photogenic, 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio and one of the Democrats' rising stars made his national debut Tuesday, delivering the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention touting a government that invests in infrastructure and creates opportunity.”

The New York Times’ Zeleny: “Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio made his national debut on Tuesday evening at the Democratic convention, presenting himself as a generational testament to American opportunity that would not have been possible without hard work and a helping hand.”

Politico: “Castro keynote: Romney from different world.” From the story: “San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro used his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention here Tuesday to deliver a sharp attack on Mitt Romney rooted in his own story as the grandson of a Mexican immigrant maid whose hard work paved the way for his path to the national spotlight here.”

Reuters: “Rising Democratic star says Americans need Obama's common touch.”

The top story in the San Antonio Express News: “San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro stepped into the national spotlight Tuesday with a soaring speech that evoked the struggles of his Mexican immigrant family and how that family paved the way for his success.”

The New York Daily News: “Michelle Obama delivered the speech of her life Tuesday, urging voters to see the President as not just the Commander-in-chief, but also as a caring husband and father who understands Americans’ plights and pains.”

The Boston Globe: “In an energized opening session that spoke to a broad array of party interests, Michelle Obama delivered a personal and emotional address to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, describing her family’s struggles and hopes. She described not only of trying to maintain a normal family life in the White House, but of President Obama’s commitment to his agenda, and about how he agonizes as he pores over letters from Americans in need. … Although she never mentioned Mitt Romney by name, a racially diverse parade of speakers took the Republican presidential nominee head-on — challenging him on taxes, health care, immigration, women’s rights, and abortion.”

AP’s Pace: “Michelle Obama’s message: President Barack Obama is just like you. … Mrs. Obama never mentioned the president’s Republican challenger, who grew up in a world of privilege and wealth. But the point was clear as she wove a tapestry of their early years together, when money was tight and times were tough, when they were ‘‘so in love, and so in debt.’’ She reminisced about the man who now occupies the Oval Office pulling his favorite coffee table out of the trash and wearing dress shoes that were half a size too small. And she told stories about a president who still takes time to eat dinner with his daughters nearly every night, answering their questions about the news and strategizing about middle-school friendships. With a mix of personal anecdotes and policy talk, Mrs. Obama’s speech was her most political yet.”

“Democrats turned to liberal icon Edward Kennedy, who has been dead for three years, to skewer Mitt Romney tonight,” USA Today writes. 

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus reacted this way on Twitter: “Classless Dems use tribute video of deceased Ted Kennedy to attack Mitt Romney.”

Here’s the video.