The First Lady delivered her last speech as a resident of the White House. Video Courtesy CNN/Youtube
“I wake up in a house every morning that was built by slaves.” ~ Michelle Obama,First Lady of the United States of America
Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday was a show-stopper for Democrats seeking a positive outlet from vitriolic GOP attack dogs, Wikileaks disclosures and party dissension.
Focused on basic family values, the First Lady, who presided with grace over White House decorum for the past eight years, wowed the crowd gathered on the first night of the Democratic Convention, a night overshadowed by public shaming, infighting and the eventual resignation of the committee’s chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Shaping the future of America’s children
Her tour at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue coming to a close, Obama spoke of her determination, along with her husband of 24 years, Barack Hussein Obama, now the 44th President of the United States, to maintain a home for their two young daughters founded on basic American values. The girls, Malia (10) and Natasha (7) moved into the White House in January 2009, their father the first African-American to attain the Office of the President of the United States of America.
“I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become,” Michelle Obama told the democratic delegation gathered in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. “And how we managed this experience could make or break them.”
The mother of two, having celebrate her 45th birthday only a few days before moving into the White House, taught her children based on the same premise as many American families – do unto others. That premise, according to the First Lady was the foundation of the lesson they wanted to instill in not only their own children, but the children of families across America.
On bullying and vitriolic politics
“How we urged them to ignore those who questioned their father’s citizenship or faith,” she recalled. “How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.” On bullying the First Lady was firm. “How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.”
OUR motto is, “When they go low, we ho high.” – Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America
Obama, calling the Hillary Rodham Clinton a friend, depicted a future under a presidency of the former first lady as an investment in the future of America’s youth. Concentrating on the next generation and Clinton’s historical work in children’s advocacy, Obama’s speech turned to the imperative and emergent need to elect her over the Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump.
“Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life,” Obama said. Without mentioning his name, Obama denounced a Trump presidency in favor of Clinton, saying that the country needs, “Someone who knows that the issues a president faces are not black and white. And can not be boiled down to 140 characters.”
The nudge about Trump’s use of Twitter to attack his opponents and needle the democratic base brought cheers and laughter from the crowd.
The story of America’s resilience
Obama called upon the fiber and history of the country, reminding the delegation that Americans rise above.
” It is the story of the people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done,” the First Lady said.
“I wake up in a house every morning that was built by slaves. I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
Obama urged the delegation to unite and elect Hillary Rodham Clinton the next President of the United States.
POTUS won’t challenge his wife
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the DNC on Wednesday night. In an interview with MSNBC’s Savannah Guthrie, on Thursday said he was proud of Michelle and her speech. Obama, who is known to write many of his own speeches, quipped, “I’m not going to hit that bar. Let me concede top speechmaking to my wife.”
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