Michelle Obama Saved the DNC Last Night

The First Lady's speech made her the most popular Democrat of the night. But don't get any ideas, Melania.

Michelle Obama speaking last night at the DNC. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Michelle Obama speaking last night at the DNC. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

After a day of mild unruliness, First Lady Michelle Obama swooped in to save the Democratic National Convention last night.

Around 10 p.m., she strolled onto the big blue stage and graced the audience with a speech that delivered a confident, no-nonsense, proud and inspiring vision. The crowd went wild. The internet exploded. And really, did we expect anything less?

Obama pointed toward the future – one with Hillary Clinton – and nodded to the achievements of the nation’s past.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful and intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” Obama said to a teary-eyed crowd.

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great. Because right now, this is the greatest country on earth.”

Obama made race a key point in her speech and referenced Clinton when she said that shattering glass ceilings “is the story of this country … the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today.”

The crowd cheered especially loud when Obama boldly called out insistent Twitter users (cough cough, Donald Trump) with a plea for a leader “who understands that the issues the president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.”

And though she alluded to the potential catastrophe Trump could inflict on the country as president, never once did she use his name.

“When you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military at your command, you can’t make snap decisions,” Obama said. “You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out.”

It was debatably the crowd’s favorite speech of the night, and one that certainly prompted Democrats to get their acts together and unite. All in all, seems like Melania Trump would have a harder time pulling from this one.



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