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Referring to Michelle Obama’s speech last week,Gordon Stewart writes,“If Barack Obama is re-elected on November 6,he will owe more to his first lady than any president ever to win a second term

Written by Shreya Sareen | Published:September 11, 2012 3:44 am

CNN

Will Michelle Obama’s speech change history?

Referring to Michelle Obama’s speech last week,Gordon Stewart writes,“If Barack Obama is re-elected on November 6,he will owe more to his first lady than any president ever to win a second term. On Tuesday night in Charlotte,North Carolina,Michelle Obama gave one of the finest speeches ever delivered at a national political convention. Her speech tied the Obamas’ personal stories directly to the lives of millions of voters struggling not to be the first generation of Americans unable to offer hope of greater opportunities to their children than they had,drawing a contrast with Mitt Romney as an unnamed but unmistakable caricature of privilege without shading her talk with negativity or animosity.” It was her riveting speech that “single-handedly brought Democrats to tears and to their feet at the idea of Barack Obama as president of the United States.”

THE daily Beast

Hanging up the racquet

Reflecting on the psychology of players in the finals of Grand Slam tennis,Sujay Kumar says,“Crying on center court is something of a novelty in men’s tennis,but when Andy Roddick lost his final professional match last week at Arthur Ashe Stadium,it was the second time he’s been on the brink of tears. The first was nine years ago,when he won his first and only Grand Slam on the same court.” Roddick announced on his 30th birthday two weeks ago that this tournament would be his last. Kumar writes there are two options for athletes who feel their career is nearing an end—”First is to assess their talent in the off season and then retire,or,like Roddick,launch a farewell tour mid-tournament.” He further says,“Sports psychologists say the decision to retire,racquet in hand,can be an advantage. ‘It can be very liberating because it’s out there,’ says Jonathan F. Katz,who has worked with the New York Rangers. ‘You just let it rip. You know it’s going to end.’”

Slate

There is no Harvard cheating scandal

Dismissing the Harvard cheating scandal where more than 100 students will be investigated for cheating in the final exam of a course called “Introduction to Congress”,Farhad Manjoo says he wouldn’t call it a scandal,but a mere “collaboration”. He writes,“Certain students’ conduct does seem to have been indefensible—according to the Crimson (The Harvard Crimson,the student newspaper),the exam-related malfeasance included plagiarism. But many of the accused did not copy their material. Instead,they worked with fellow students and their instructors to make sense of the tricky exam questions. What they did—work together to find an answer—should be encouraged. Collaboration is widely hailed as a primary factor in creativity and problem solving.”

Huffpost Celebrity

Angry on Rihanna’s behalf

Talking about the Rihanna and Chris Brown stories that continue to dominate the headlines,Justin Myers writes,“Thanks to every publication from supermarket checkout pulp to highbrow broadsheet,you know the drill: on their way to a pre-Grammys party in LA,the two started to argue and Brown unleashed an assault on his girlfriend…He made a muted public apology.” But now,he says,“Rihanna has begun to attract criticism for resuming contact with pugnacious ex…Commentators rounded on Rihanna,labelling her an idiot and warning her if she were to reconcile with Brown,he would only hit her again. She has become an unwilling poster girl for domestic violence,an obligation thrust upon her because of her fame. Perhaps it’s time to let them get on with it.”

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