NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’ll try not to let his daughters see him cry tonight as he watches the first lady’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Obama calls Michelle Obama “the star of the Obama family” and says he gets “all misty” whenever she speaks.

The president made the comments before a mostly African-American crowd at a campaign stop at Norfolk State University in Virginia a day before he plans to join the convention in Charlotte.

The first lady will make her case to millions of Americans on Tuesday when she headlines the convention’s first night of speakers. She plans to draw a contrast between her husband and Republican Mitt Romney, telling middle-class voters that Obama understands their economic struggles because he has struggled too.

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