The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on the opening night of their nominating convention by throwing open a fundamental and critical question in the context of November: Who do you want to mould the next generation?
Her opening remarks laid out her objective loud and clear. “I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility. There is only one person who is truly qualified to be President of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
Obama’s speech was one of the several attempts by speakers on the first night of the Convention to unify a visibly fractured party that includes voters unhappy with the party establishment and distrustful of the presumptive nominee.
References to Trump:
She did not name Republican candidate Donald Trump even once in her entire speech. However, she made several references to Trump, and her statements were enough to prove her point. The first lady targeted Trump’s divisive policies and outspoken presence on social media, while backing Clinton as an inclusive, unifying prospective President.
“When they go low, we go high,” she said.
“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on Earth!” She also indirectly condemned Trump for chasing “fame and fortune.”
“The issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters,” she said.
“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.”
Michelle left no stone unturned to convey that Hillary would be the best person to serve as the next US President.
“Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life,” Michelle Obama said. “Hillary did not pack up and go home (in 2008), because as a true public servant Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.”
She also commended Clinton for taking on the “highest and hardest glass ceiling,” in attempting to become the first female president of the United States. “Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States,” she said.
“When crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other,” she said. “We listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together.”
Aftermath of the address:
Michelle’s speech drew a lot of support from people all around, including those on social media. While most said that they’ll miss her as the First Lady, some even urged her to launch a Presidential campaign of her own.
To sum it up, Mrs. Obama’s speech was a hit, especially due to the sincerity and grace with which she spoke.