With a speech that brought the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia repeatedly to its feet and united the fighting factions of the party, Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight after a retrospective video produced by J.J. Abrams (watch it below).
Greeted with a standing ovation and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” the First Lady said, “It’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk to you about why I thought my husband should be President.” But there’s no doubt that Melania Trump’s plagiarized RNC speech of Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention remarks were in everyone’s mind tonight. The First Lady didn’t take the bait — likely knowing that rehashing it would create a hashtag that could only help the other side.
Her speech stressed party unity, but to the Bernie or Bust crowd — already a little edgy after Sarah Silverman told them they’re “being ridiculous” a little earlier — some of it might have been taken as a bit of a dig. To wit: “Who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of there lives? I am here tonight because in his election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility — only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States. And that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
But the obvious love for her in the hall was apparent by the loud applause and a floor flooded with signs supporting her.
And Obama continued to personally praise Clinton, saying: “She never quit on anything in her life, and when I think about the kind of President that I want for our girls and all our children, that’s what I want: I want someone with proven strength to persevere, 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.”
Your move, Donald.
Who, by the way, wasn’t mentioned by name.
Another line that drew a huge cheer: “All our sons and daughter now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.”
The presumptive Democratic nominee apparently liked an earlier point the First Lady raised: