First lady Michelle Obama took the stage on the first night of the Democratic National Convention and won over the crowd with a powerful speech that not only endorsed Hillary Clinton, but also took on Donald Trump without even mentioning his name.
Speaking to the delegates and supporters at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, the FLOTUS also reminded the nation what this election is actually about: America’s children.
“Every word we utter, every action we take, we know they are watching. We as parents are their most important role models,” Obama said. “We know that our words and actions matter not just to our girls, but to children across this country.”
Recalling a beautiful moment her husband once shared with a little black boy who wondered if the president has the hair same as his, the first lady said this election is not about the left or right — it is about who will have the power to shape America’s children for the next four or eight years of their lives.
She told the crowd on the convention floor that the only person she trusts with that responsibility and the only person qualified to be the next commander-in-chief is the Democratic presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton.
Following a vulnerable moment where she spoke about “waking up every morning in a house built by slaves,” Obama also highlighted how, thanks to Clinton, her daughters take it for granted that a woman could indeed become the president of the United States.
“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 their life,” she said to the thunderous applause. “And when I think about the type of president I want for my girls and all our children, that's what I want. I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who knows that the issues the president faces is not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.”
Although the first lady did not mention Trump’s name, she did mention that someone “thin-skinned with tendency to lash out” should not be in charge of our military and the nuclear launch codes.
“I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters,” she added. “I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life work shows our children that we don’t seek fame and fortune for ourselves.”
However, it was the last shot she took at the Republican presidential nominee that earned her a standing ovation.
“Don't let anyone tell you that our country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because right now, this is the greatest country on Earth,” Obama added.
Here is how the Twitterati — and President Barack Obama — reacted to the emotional speech.
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.— President Obama (@POTUS) July 26, 2016
Grace, poise, class, intelligence. Thank you @MichelleObama— Candice Patton (@candicekp) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama is the most underrated orator in America. She is a TOP TIER speaker. World class.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama is the highest office a woman has held in this country.— Rhea Butcher (@RheaButcher) July 26, 2016
"I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves." YES! @MichelleObama delivered the truth while cloaked in grace & beautiful strength ❤❤— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 26, 2016
Watch Michelle Obama’s rousing speech that energized both the convention crowd and social media, in the video above.