The Associated Press
In this image released by the White House, President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch first lady Michelle Obama speak at the Democratic National Convention on television from the Treaty Room of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

President Obama was still at the White House when Michelle Obama spoke, but he made sure she knew she had made him proud.

Obama called his wife to tell her what an incredible job she had done, says Obama's spokeswoman. He told aides he had been impressed not only by the power of her words, but with the "great zeal" with which she spoke.

Joining Obama as he watched Mrs. Obama on Tuesday were his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson.

Before the speech, Obama chatted over dinner with his daughters about their first day of school. The two girls will fly to Charlotte after school on Thursday — in time for Dad's big speech.

— Josh Lederman — Twitter http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP


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