Michelle Obama is often imitated, but never duplicated, and at tonight’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, she gave an amazing fifteen minute speech which drew standing ovations, cheers and tears from the audience. During the first Obama campaign used to be call Michelle Obama “the closer” and she made a major difference in his campaign, and although she hasn’t used her years as First Lady seeking the spotlight, she left the crowd on their feet and asking for more.
This was Michelle Obama’s valedictory speech and she owned the stage, and President Obama had to give her a standing ovation on twitter for ripping Donald Trump while making a powerful emotional argument for Hillary Clinton too.
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 (@POTUS44) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama spoke from the heart, about bringing her young children to Washington, DC and how Sasha and Malia’s lives would be shaped by what they saw in the White House, and then expanded her personal story into a poignant life lesson for the importance of the President of the United States to be someone who can be a role model for not just children inside the White House, but across the country. What she said next had the crowd in tears:
“When we go to the polls, that’s what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right, no. In this election, in every election, its about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of our lives, and I am here tonight, because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility. Only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
The First Lady continued by speaking about Clinton’s opponent without ever mentioning his name, but slamming the impulsive Republican in no uncertain terms, “because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips, and the military at your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You have a thin skin and a tendency to lash out. You have to be steady and well informed.”
I’m with her.
Watch Michelle Obama’s 2016 DNC Speech here:
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.