“When they go low, we go high.”
At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday night, Michelle Obama silenced the “Bernie-or-Bust” hecklers that had plagued speakers throughout the day and brought the crowd to its feet with a heartfelt speech in support of Hillary Clinton.
Obama said the thing she admires most about Clinton is that “she never bucks under pressure; she never takes the easy way out. Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.” She also said Clinton “knows this job and takes it seriously,” that she has a track record of public service, and that her “life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.”
She did not directly mention Donald Trump, or Melania Trump’s speech last week, which contained lines lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. But she did address the bullying nature of the Trump campaign, telling the crowd that in her family, “we explain when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you do not stoop to their level. Our motto is when they go low, you go high.”
She wasn’t necessarily only talking about Trump, either. Although Bernie Sanders gave a passionate speech in support of Clinton on Monday, saying she “must become the next president of the United States,” some of his die-hard supporters brought their bitterness to the convention with them. One Sanders delegate even tried to start a fistfight with a Clinton supporter; the skirmish had to be broken up by the Secret Service.
But overall, Michelle Obama’s speech left us feeling warm and fuzzy, and hopeful about the future. She urged people not to “sit back and hope that everything works out for the best” in the approaching election, saying, “we cannot afford to be tired, or frustrated, or cynical.”
She also did not fail to mention the importance of electing a woman to the office of President of the United States, saying that Clinton “has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks on that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.”
The best line of the night? “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.”
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