Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Will Go Down in American History
On July 25, 2016, Michelle Obama delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention that will likely be quoted, idolized, and lauded for decades to come. While the purpose of the first lady's speech was to publicly endorse Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the first time, her poignant address was much more than a political endorsement.
The first lady went beyond the political partisanship and vitriol that have been so central to this election cycle, putting family at the crux of her presentation time and time again. She claimed that the president's responsibility is to the children of America's future, and repeatedly referenced parenting as she spoke about her and Barack's two daughters, whom they have tried to "guide and protect … through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight."
"When I think about the kind of president I want for my girls and for all children, [Hillary is] who I want," said Obama. "I want someone with the proven strength to persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously. Someone who understands that the issues that a president tackles are not black or white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."
Though not without its understated jabs, the first lady's historic speech managed to inject some humanity—and a lot of good parenting—into a campaign so overridden with polarizing and inflammatory language. She went on to explain how she and POTUS respond to her children when seeing or experiencing hateful speech: "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."
But of the highlights from her speech, the most controversial and poignant was when she painted the greatness of this country by highlighting how far we've come for black people and for women in one eloquent swoop: "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful intelligent black young women, play with their dogs on the White House lawn. And 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."
Wherever you fall on the political party lines, the chance for a woman to hold the role of commander in chief of the "greatest country on earth" is a historic one indeed. Watch Michelle Obama's full speech below, and share your thoughts on the first lady's address in the comments.