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Michelle Obama gives empowering, uplifting speech at DNC

Michelle Obama gives empowering, uplifting speech at DNC

Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention

On Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama delivered an emotional and powerful speech that pointed out sensitive issues such as race and gender in the country, as well as gave her endorsement of Hilary Clinton as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election.

Obama opened her speech with a bittersweet recollection of how her husband’s presidency which started eight years ago changed their family’s life.

She shared about how she taught her daughters to ignore external pressures such as hate speech targeted at their father.

‘We explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high,’ the First Lady said.

She went on to describe Clinton as someone who’s ‘truly qualified to be president of the United States,’ before lauding the work in public service that Clinton has accomplished before and during her position as the Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

‘That’s why in this election I’m with her!’ she said.

Obama also took a subtle jab at the Republican Party’s candidate, Donald Trump, saying:

‘I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.

‘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. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.’

And of course, she couldn’t not tear apart Trump’s campaign slogan: ‘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!’

The most moving part of Obama’s speech came when she talked openly about the country’s ugly history with racism.

‘That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, 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.’

Watch her impassioned speech here: