Michelle Obama Delivers for the Democrats
As the Democratic National Convention completed its first day, albeit amid controversy, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a moving and emotional speech, leaving dozens of attendees in tears and perhaps paving a way for a Hillary Clinton win in November.
On Monday evening, the FLOTUS took to the stage, sharing her version of how far the country has come and what American principles might accomplish for future generations.
“…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 and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives…”
Speaking of her experience in the White House, Obama reflected on the progress America has made and the racial and cultural barriers that have been broken down.
“That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation,” said Obama. “But, who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful intelligent young Black women, play with the dog on the White House lawn.”
The First Lady provided a strong contrast to a crowd that had previously been divided. While other speakers attempted to light fire under the tails of their audience members by slamming the Republican party and Donald Trump, the FLOTUS avoided mentioning Trump by name and instead focused on unity.
“I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.
And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together….”
Many took to social media to give FLOTUS a virtual clap and support. One tweet in particular caught much attention:
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
President Obama is expected to speak Wednesday night at the convention. A few other noteworthy virtual salutes below.
Thank you @michelleobama for your service. Thank you for choosing to be an amazing role model for young people. Thank you for the way you carry yourself with grace & swag! Thank you for your acknowledgement of where you’ve come from and from whom you’ve come. You and your integrity will be deeply missed. Truly. #flotus #wegohigh
Despite hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters protesting the Clinton campaign at the convention, the First Lady’s speech seems to have come at the perfect time. The youth-focused speech, coupled with Obama’s incredible popularity, resonated with many millennials. Now the question becomes will this speech help close the enthusiasm gap that exists for Clinton.
As progressive champions such as Elizabeth Warren heard boos from the crowd on the first night of the convention prior to Obama’s speech, it could be interesting to see how the Sanders’ supporters receive former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday night
Click “play” to view the First Lady’s speech from Monday.