The Best Moment From Michelle Obama’s DNC Speech Was Truly Unforgettable
Monday night, the Democratic National Convention was expected to center around Bernie Sanders, but someone else caught the arena’s attention. The best moment of Michelle Obama’s DNC speech was difficult to pinpoint — because, let’s be honest, it was all pretty magical — but one part in particular caught the nation’s attention. The first lady kept it classy, choosing to focus on what America needs, Hillary Clinton’s record, and history.
She didn’t call Donald Trump names (though he deserves all the names he’s called) or bash Republicans for ignoring most of America. Instead, she focused on her family, centering her speech on shaping the future for America’s kids. “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,” she said. “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.”
But, as the first black first lady of the United States, Obama needed to talk about race, too. Although she didn’t come right out and say it, the implication that Trump would send America backwards in terms of equality and progress, instead of forward like Clinton would, was there loud and clear.
When speaking about Clinton’s relentless fight to break the glass ceiling of the presidency, Obama said:
“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.“
Her husband won the White House eight years ago, but that doesn’t mean the country can just forget its racist and discriminatory history. Obama very eloquently made the point that we’ve come far, and we need to remember the past in order to keep improving. When you ignore the past, you inevitably regress back to it. She continued:
“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.”
Watching the first lady on stage feels so uplifting, she should really give a speech to the nation once a week. Even when she’s just meant to be another name on a list of guests, she steals the show with her moving words.