First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night and gave a deeply moving speech in support of Hillary Clinton and her historic nomination.
Up until her speech, the first day of the convention had been marred by protests both outside the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia and on the convention floor, where supporters of Bernie Sanders continued to jaw at speakers who voiced their support for Clinton. But Obama’s remarks took an emotional turn when she began talking about her daughters and fought back tears, bringing the entire room to its feet.
“Today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” she said. “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.”
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Obama drew a sharp contrast with Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has built his entire campaign upon the premise that America has lost its way.
“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,” said Obama. “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.”