The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with speakers reassuring Americans that the country is not in as much trouble and danger as Donald Trump and some fellow Republicans would have one to believe during the Republican National Convention. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also assured, “Our best days are ahead of us.”
Arguably, the most important moment of the night came when First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage to deliver her highly-anticipated speech. She is known for her keen fashion sense and she did not disappoint. The first lady graced the crowd in a cap-sleeve, flowing Christian Siriano blue dress with silver earrings and shoes. The lackluster crowd’s energy immediately picked up once she walked on stage.
The first lady delivered an authentic speech laced with memories of her family’s time in the White House. She explained why Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, is the best candidate to be the next president of the United States. Perseverance, experience, equality, and compassion are just a few reasons Obama gave convention attendees and millions of viewers to vote for Clinton. She stressed the importance of electing a positive role model for children; which seemed to really captivate the audience’s attention.
“This election – every election is 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 believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States. And that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.”
The FLOTUS also took a shot at Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
“Don’t let anyone 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,” said Obama.
She never mentioned Trump by name, but throughout her speech it was clear she disagreed with his vision for America by pointing out that a president should be well informed, a seasoned public servant, levelheaded, equipped with skills to handle the complexities of running the country and making tough decisions. Many will likely be surprised that she did not address Melania Trump stealing lines from her 2008 speech, which attests to her class and character.
“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully you don’t stoop to their level. Our motto is when they go low, we go high,” said Obama.
The first lady highlighted the potential historic moment a new generation will witness if Clinton is elected president.
“Because of Hillary Clinton my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States,” said the first lady.
Perhaps one of the most powerful moments of her speech is when she discussed the value of operating as one in America.
“Leaders like Hillary Clinton who has the guts and grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through lifting all of us along with her. That is the story of this country. The story of generations of 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 so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” said the FLOTUS.
It is likely no coincidence that the DNC is being held in the City of Brotherly Love with the theme “United Together.”
The packed house stood to their feet giving the first lady a standing ovation several times throughout her rousing speech. She reminded the crowd of her star power, how in tune she is with the needs of the people in America, and the obligation of leadership to facilitate necessary change. Michelle Obama effortlessly displayed girl power, an un-apologetically Black attitude, the vitality of equality, and the importance of her voice in society. Political analysts predict she has cemented her legacy as one of the most profound first ladies. Watch the complete speech below!
Written By: Chalise Macklin