Michelle Obama trusts Hillary Clinton to ‘shape our children’s lives’
First Lady Michelle Obama gave Hillary Clinton a ringing endorsement during an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday (July 25) in which she said that Clinton is the only candidate she trusts to shape the lives of America’s children.
Obama contrasted what she called Clinton’s “proven strength to persevere” with Republican candidate Donald Trump who she suggested is “thin-skinned” and has a “tendency to lash out.”
The opening night was disrupted numerous times by supporters of Clinton’s former rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who booed and jeered leading to chaotic scenes on the convention floor.
But Michelle Obama’s speech drew loud applause and was largely free from the heckling that greeted several other speakers.
Trump’s critics have accused him of increasing division at a time of crisis by making provocative comments about minorities and women.
Obama said the country needs a leader who unites rather than divides.
“I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters. A president who truly believes in the vision that our founders put forth all those years ago: That we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story. And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other — no, we listen to each other. We lean on each other. Because we are always stronger together. And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s why, in this election, I’m with her,” she said.
Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, enthusiastically applauded Obama’s speech from his box in the bleachers.
Michelle Obama’s voice choked with emotion as she invoked the legacy of slavery and the fight for women’s equality in making the case for Hillary Clinton.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves — and I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters — and all our sons and daughters — now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States,” she said.
The First Lady also attacked Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”.
“So 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. And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children,” she said.
The first day of the convention concluded with Sanders also strongly endorsing Clinton as he tried to calm the anger of his supporters who have been angered by revelations that the Democratic National Party worked to undermine him.
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