First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the most talked about speech of day one of the Democratic National Convention. Her highly anticipated speech comes one week after Melania Trump's speech at the RNC plagiarized parts of Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech, which many wondered if she'd address. It also comes amidst party controversy following 20,000 emails of Democratic National Committee officials leaking and unrest from pro-Bernie Sanders protests outside the DNC. Ironically, Monday’s convention theme was “United Together.”
The First Lady endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, one-time opponent of Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign.
“There is only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton,” she said. She later added, "I trust Hillary to lead this country because I've seen her lifelong devotion to our nation's children."
She also denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Early on in the speech FLOTUS subtly called out Trump, the most public supporter of the so-called birther movement that questioned whether her husband was born in the United States. She told how she and her husband had raised their daughters Malia and Sasha to "ignore those who questioned their father's citizenship or faith." Trump called for Obama to release his birth certificate in 2011 and over the years has questioned if Obama was Muslim.
Other digs at Trump included saying she wants someone who understands that the "issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters," a dig at the GOP candidate's hyperactive Twitter use. She added that a president who will be in command of nuclear codes cannot make "snap decisions" and cannot be thin-skinned. Trump infamously took offense to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio saying he had small hands, so much so that Trump addressed the comment during a GOP debate.
One of the First Lady's most memorable lines during the speech was "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves."
The First Lady called for party unity, saying: "When crisis hits, we don't turn against each other. We are stronger together... That's why in this election, I'm with her."
She urged voters to head to the polls and not let frustration or cynicism get in their way. In addition, she encouraged Democrats not to let anyone tell them that America is not currently great, but instead it needs to be made great again—a criticism of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. “Because this right now is the greatest country on earth,” she said.
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
Reaction to the First Lady's speech amongst politicians, commentators, celebrities, and countless people who watched it was extremely positive. It even immediately became front-page news.
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