Michelle Obama: 'Ready to Roll'

Michelle Obama: 'Ready to Roll'
Michelle Obama
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updated 08/25/2008 at 06:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/2008 08:25AM

It's nearly showtime for Michelle Obama, whose prime-time, nationally televised address on Monday will be the main event of the Democratic National Convention's opening night in Denver. Her speech? "It's done. I'm done," she told PEOPLE on Saturday. "Ready to roll."

What to wear? Not so simple.

"I haven't made that decision," Barack Obama's other half says in the teasing, exaggerated tone of a fickle girly-girl. "I'll be changing my mind until the bitter end."

Daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, skipped Saturday's campaign rally in Springfield, Ill. – where the blistering sun and humidity left Mom and Dad mopping their brows. "It's too hot," Michelle explains. "And we've got a big week yet, you know? I figure, let them relax."

The girls will have plenty of playmates in Denver – especially now that Sen. Joe Biden has joined the Democratic ticket as vice president. He's bringing along his five young grandchildren.

Michelle says that she and Biden's wife, Jill, were comparing notes – like, who will bring the coloring books, who will bring the finger paints? "And who will bring the basketball," says Jill. "My granddaughter Maisy [8] will bring her new basketball."

"And we've got friends who are bringing kids," adds Michelle. "The kids are going to have a ball in Denver. I think they are going to see every major kids' activity in the city."

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