The First Lady says, #ImWithHer.
Michelle Obama addressed the crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, delivering an incredible and forceful speech to make the case for Hillary Clinton. She pointed not only to Clinton’s credentials and experience, but to what her election would mean for what she deemed “the greatest country on the planet.”
Here, the highlights:
- Obama explained that Clinton started her career as an advocate for kids with disabilities, went on to fight for children’s healthcare as first lady, and pushed for quality childcare after she’d been elected senator. “Hillary has spent decades doing relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in [children’s] lives,” she said.
- While she would not mention them explicitly, Obama seemed to take a moment to remind the Bernie Sanders supporters who’ve protested the convention or vowed to stay home from the polls on Election Day that when Clinton didn’t win the nomination, “she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.”
- “Hillary did not pack up and go home,” Obama said. “As a true public servant, she knows that this is so much bigger that her own desires and disappointments.” Clinton “stepped up.” Despite the “many moments” that could have driven Clinton to decide this was all too hard and too much work, she persevered: “What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life. And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.”
- Offering up a not-so-subtle critique of Donald Trump, she cheered a candidate who realizes that “the issues that a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.”
- “That’s why in this election, I’m with her,” Obama said to raucous applause. “Hillary understands that the presidency is about one thing and one thing only: It’s about leaving something better for our kids.”