5 Moments From Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech
First Lady Michelle Obama stole the limelight on the first night of the Democratic National Convention Monday night in Philadelphia.
Obama took the stage to energetic cheers and applause. Her speech had an extremely positive tone.
She opened with anecdotes about her children and how they grew up in the White House.
Obama was greeted with resounding cheers when she fully endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
Here are five main themes Obama covered:
Obama addressed bullying in her remarks, a blatant punch at Republican nominee Trump, although she didn’t mention his name.
Obama said her and the president talk to their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, about how to deal with aggressive acts and how they “urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.”
“How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level,” said Obama as the crowd erupted in cheers.
“No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
2. ‘I’m With Her’
Obama then went on to say that her and the president’s “friend” Hillary Clinton is “truly qualified to be president of the United States.”
The First Lady emphasized that Clinton will be the best choice for children in America, including her daughters.
“See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection, but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be,” said Obama.
“And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.”
3. A Serious Job
Obama discussed the qualifications needed to be the next president, including seriousness and perseverance.
“Someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters,” she said, referring to Trump.
“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,” she said.
“You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.”
Obama also mentioned Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine, arguing that he will show U.S. youth what decency and devotion look like.
4. First Woman President
Electing Clinton as the next president would mean America’s first woman commander-in-chief.
“And 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.
5. Already Great
Towards the end of her speech Obama said America is already great, denouncing Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
“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 said as the crowd cheered.
After the First Lady’s speech, President Obama wrote on Twitter, “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.”
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
Senator Bernie Sanders also addressed the crowd and urged democrats to unite and support Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her tonight,” said Sanders.
Clinton is set to accept the Democratic party’s nomination on Thursday.