- Michelle Obama said she was behind Hillary Clinton when addressing the Democratic National Convention tonight
- Didn’t mention Trump once by name, but hit him for his involvement in the birther movement and for his ‘thin skin’
- Explained that when bullies act cruel, ‘our motto is when they go low, we go high’
- The First Lady started her speech talking about her daughters before turning it into a political attack
- President Barack Obama said he ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of his wife and tweeted: ‘I love you, Michelle’
Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com In Philadelphia, Pa
21:19 EST, 25 July 2016
05:16 EST, 26 July 2016
Michelle Obama attacked Donald Trump without actually mentioning his name once during an emotional and powerful speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
The First Lady, who was wearing a custom-made blue dress by US designer Christian Siriano, began the speech with a fun anecdote about her teenage daughters who arrived at the White House as children.
But the niceties soon morphed into a harsh criticism of the Republican nominee, as she declared her staunch backing for Hillary Clinton.
‘This country is great,’ she declared at one point, while firmly stating, ‘I’m with her,’ referring to Clinton.
Michelle’s husband, President Barack Obama, was delighted with her words, tweeting: ‘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.’
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First lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech Monday night began as a pleasant story about her teenage daughters who arrived at the White House as children
Michelle Obama wowed the crowd tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia reminding voters that everyday she wakes up in a house that was built by slaves
‘Couldn’t be more proud’: President Obama tweeted his support to his wife Michelle after her speech at the Democratic Convention
The first lady almost got emotional when she talked about how what President Obama did for black Americans, the election of Hillary Clinton will do for women
Miss you when you’re gone! The first lady said that everyday, for these past eight years, she and the president thought about how to protect her daughters from ‘this unusual life in the spotlight
Michelle Obama’s speech at tonight’s Democratic National Convention was a crowd-pleaser with delegates hoisting placards with the name ‘Michelle’ emblazoned on them in the air
Michelle Obama started her speech reminiscing about her early days in the White House and her DNC speech eight years ago
First lady Michelle Obama, who was wearing a custom made dress by US designer Christian Siriano, wowed at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night. ‘This country is great,’ Obama said at one point
President Obama, who has also come out in support of Clinton’s bid for the White House, saw his Twitter post retweeted more than 100,000 times and ‘favorited’ more than a quarter of a million times.
Obama began her speech by reminiscing about her early days at the White House and her first speech at a Democratic National Convention eight years ago.
Recalling her speech in favor of husband Barack’s candidacy she told delegates tonight: ‘Remember how I told you about his character and conviction, his decency and grace.
‘I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world.’
Obama said she remembered when Sasha and Malia were just ‘bubbly girls,’ not the ‘poised young women’ they are now. She shared a memory of her daughters driving away for the first time in black SUVs surrounded by big men with guns.
‘And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was “What have we done?”‘ she said.
Michelle Obama brought down the house tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
Michelle Obama gives two thumbs up to the crowd after delivering a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention
Michelle Obama reminded voters that they need to be voting for someone who is a good role model for the next generation
Impressed: Democrats in the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia rise to their feet as the First Lady issued a rallying cry on behalf of Hillary Clinton
What have we done? Obama said she remembered when Sasha and Malia were just ‘bubbly girls,’ not the ‘poised young women’ they are now. She shared a memory of her daughters driving away for the first time in black SUVs surrounded by big men with guns
How time flies: Michelle is flanked by Sasha, then seven, and Malia, then 10, eight years ago during day one of the Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008
The first lady said that everyday, for these past eight years, she and the president thought about how to protect those two from ‘this unusual life in the spotlight.’
‘How we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith,’ she said.
‘How we insist that the hateful language that they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country,’ she continued.
‘How we explain when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level,’ the first lady said.
She was clearly talking about Donald Trump.
‘No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.’
Similar to an ad put out by the Clinton campaign that basically suggests Trump is bad for children, Michelle Obama reminded voters that they need to be voting for someone who is a good role model for the next generation.
‘With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us,’ she argued.
Former President Bill Clinton applauds as First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention
Delegates wave signs for First Lady Michelle Obama during her speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention
MICHELLE OPTS FOR DEMOCRAT BLUE IN CUSTOM DRESS
Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention in a custom, royal blue dress by American designer Christian Siriano.
She wore her hair loose, parted to one side, with the cap-sleeve A-line dress, while keeping her jewelry minimal.
Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar, said the look was low-key, calling it ‘of the people, not stiff, simple, appropriately elegant, mannerly so as not to upstage.’
Siriano, 30, who won the fourth season of ‘Project Runway’ in 2008, dressed the First Lady for the first time earlier this month, for the July 12 memorial service for the police officers killed by a sniper in Dallas.
A retail version of the dress, albeit slightly different in design, costs some $3,980
Obama was reminded of a young boy who walked up to her husband, the president, and touched his hair saying ‘Is my hair like yours?’
‘And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls, that is what we’re deciding. Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election, every election, it’s about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives,’ Obama said.
She then made her case for Hillary Clinton.
‘And I am here tonight because in this 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,’ Obama said.
‘See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children – not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection – but every child who needs a champion,’ she continued.
Obama noted how Clinton ‘didn’t get angry or disillusioned’ after losing to her husband in 2008.
‘What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure,’ Obama said. ‘She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.’
The first lady talked about certain attributes that one needs to have as president, qualities not found in Republican nominee Donald Trump.
‘Someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters,” she said. ‘Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command you can’t make snap decisions.’
‘You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out,’ she added.
‘You see, Hillary understands that the President is about one thing and one thing only – it’s about leaving something better for our kids,’ Obama said.
Hero’s welcome: Bernie Sanders told his 1,846 pledged delegates he earned in the course of the primaries and caucuses that his political revolution was not in vain, and in fact ‘our revolution continues’
Simmer down: Sanders was unable to start his speech for several minutes, such was the reception he received, but he was eventually able to get down to business with a speech that echoed all his campaign pledges
Thank you! Bernie was visibly overcome with emotion, and all he could say for the opening few minutes of his speech was ‘thank you’ to the delirious crowd at the Wells Fargo Center
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called for the convention crowd to ‘work our hearts out’ for Clinton, and compared Trump’s campaign to a late night infomercial
Powerful: Singer Demi Lovato performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Eva Longoria bashed Donald Trump during her speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night (pictured), saying he had insulted several members of her family through his claims
Paul Simon caused concern among fans with his shaky performance at the Democratic convention
Controversial: Sarah Silverman (pictured with Minnesota Senator and SNL veteran Al Franken) told Bernie Sanders’ supporters that they were ‘being ridiculous’ and needed to calm down and to get behind Hillary Clinton for president
Hollywood glamor: Susan Sarandon arrives on the convention floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention
Obama then reminded her audience about the historic nature of the Democrats’ pick.
‘I wake up every morning by 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,’ Obama said.
‘And because of Hillary Clinton and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States,’ she said.
After her remarks, in which the audience waved around giant purple ‘Michelle’ signs, the president chimed in with his reaction.
Concluding the evening, Bernie Sanders addressed his supporters one last time tonight as a Democratic candidate for president, this time to urge them to vote for the woman he spent more than a year urging them to reject.
‘Any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next President of the United States,’ he said.
No doubt who they back: As demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the Democratic National Convention it was Bernie Sanders who was being brandished as the symbol of protest
Not with her: Bernie Sanders supporters made clear their feelings as they gathered outside the arena. Inside Hillary Clinton’s name was booed every time it was said
The progressive senator inspired a new generation of young Americans to cast their votes in the presidential election but fell short of winning his party’s nomination.
Tonight he told the 1,846 pledged delegates he earned in the course of the primaries and caucuses that political revolution they began was not in vain.
‘Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – our revolution – continues,’ he said.
LET’S GET TO WORK! MICHELLE OBAMA’S RALLYING DNC SPEECH IN FULL
Thank you all. Thank you so much. You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president.
Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?
I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world. And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.
When they set off for their first day at their new school, I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.
And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, what have we done?
See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them.
Hillary did not pack up and go home: Michelle praised Hillary for stepping up and serving her country as Secretary of State
That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.
With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country, kids who tell us I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.
Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours?
And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.
And I am here tonight because in this 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.
See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection, but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.
You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives, advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s health care as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.
And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.
Hillary did not pack up and go home, because as a true public servant Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.
So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.
And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing. 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 her life.
And when I think about the kind of president that 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 understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.
Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.
I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose 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.
And we give back even when we’re struggling ourselves because we know that there is always someone worse off. And there but for the grace of God go I.
Star of the show: Despite Bernie Sanders going on last, Michelle Obama may have stolen the show with her powerful speech praising the former Secretary of State
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.
You see, Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.
Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.
People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.
Leaders like Tim Kaine who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.
Leaders like Hillary Clinton who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.
That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today 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.
So, look, 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.
So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. No, hear me. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago.
We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!
So let’s get to work. Thank you all and God bless.