First Lady Michelle Obama just gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that was nothing short of amazing. Her powerful words electrified the crowd with one mic drop after another.
She began by marveling that it had been eight years since she gave her speech at the DNC in 2008 when her husband, Barack, became the Democratic nominee for president. She then spoke of her daughters, Sasha and Malia, and recalled their first day of school after moving into the White House and her realization of what their lives would be like now that they were the first family.
The First Lady told of how they have taught their girls to deal with the horrid things that have been said about their father. How she has taught them to rise above the bullying that their family has endured for eight years. She said that they had taught them to ignore “the hateful language that they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.” She added that they have explained to their daughters that “when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.”
No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.
Mrs. Obama said that they have taken the same approach to being role models for the country as they have for their own children.
With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our job as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country. Kids who tell us, I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school. Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, “Is my hair like yours?”
And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls, that is what we’re deciding. Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election, every election, it’s about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.
Michelle Obama then talked about Hillary Clinton, saying that she is the one person she trusts to lead the United States as the next president. She added that one of the reasons she feels so strongly about Clinton is her devotion not only her own child but to all the children in the nation.
She then smacked down Donald Trump without ever even saying his name.
And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls, and all of the children, that’s what I want. I want someone with the proven strength to persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously. Someone who understands that the issues the president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.
Look, because … because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well informed.
She also spoke of the change in this country over the years and the hope she has for our children who really are our future in the most literal sense. Then one powerful sentence drove her point home.
I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.
The First Lady concluded her speech by reminding everyone what was at stake in this election and urging them to go to the polls and vote in November.
So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical.
No, hear me. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. We need to knock on every door. We need to get out every vote. We need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America.
It’s safe to say that Michelle Obama nailed it. Just ask her husband:
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 26, 2016
You can watch Michelle Obama’s entire speech here:
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