First Lady Michelle Obama earned a standing ovation after she publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton and took Donald Trump to task in her address at the Democratic National Convention last night. Obama never mentioned the business tycoon by name, but she emphasized the importance of not allowing a certain “bully” to become President.
“Barack [Obama] and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight,” she said. “How we 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 once 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.’ With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.”
Hillary Clinton, Obama continued, is not “angry or disillusioned” and is the far more measured and experienced candidate, one who does not speak of the presidential office in soundbites. “I want someone with the proven strength to persevere,” Obama said. “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 tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well informed.”
Obama also applauded Clinton for her commitment to the “vision” of the country’s founders, before concluding her endorsement on a more poetic note. “I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful and intelligent black women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” Obama said. “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, can take for granted that a woman can become president of the United States.”
Obama’s speech captivated the blogosphere. Writer Rebecca Traister praised her for her “ingenious and scathing elegance” and users around the country
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