Michelle backs Hil­lary in emo­tional speech

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FIRST Lady Michelle Obama of­fered an emo­tional en­dorse­ment of Hil­lary Clin­ton, hail­ing the power that hav­ing a first fe­male pres­i­dent would bring the United States and pour­ing scorn on Don­ald Trump.

Af­ter a day dom­i­nated by Demo­cratic in­fight­ing, it fell to Ms Obama to unify del­e­gates on the open­ing night of the party’s four-day con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia on July 25.

The speech was at times raw and per­sonal, and it elec­tri­fied the arena.

“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,” she said, to mul­ti­ple stand­ing ova­tions.

“Be­cause of Hil­lary Clin­ton, my daugh­ters and all of our sons and daugh­ters now take for granted that a wo­man can be pres­i­dent of the United States,” said the wife of the na­tion’s first black pres­i­dent, her voice crack­ing with emo­tion.

The out­go­ing first lady re­mem­bered her two “bub­bly lit­tle girls” Sasha and Malia as they en­tered the White House and are leav­ing it as “poised young women”.

But in a thinly veiled jab at Mr Trump, she also painted a picture of a fam­ily that had to strug­gle with the shrill tone of na­tional pol­i­tics.

“We urge them to ig­nore those who ques­tion their fa­ther’s cit­i­zen­ship or faith,” she said, a clear ref­er­ence to Mr Trump’s early de­mands to see Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s birth cer­tifi­cate.

“We in­sist that the hate­ful lan­guage they hear from pub­lic fig­ures on TV does not rep­re­sent the true spirit of this coun­try,” the first lady said, in a mes­sage that Democrats will hope resonates with fa­thers and moth­ers vot­ing in Novem­ber.

“Our motto is, ‘When they go low, we go high.’”

The con­ven­tion opened to chaotic scenes ear­lier, as ri­val sup­port­ers of Ms Clin­ton and Bernie San­ders traded boos, jeers and taunts.

As shock polls showed Re­pub­li­can Don­ald Trump lead­ing the race for the White House, Democrats gath­er­ing to make Ms Clin­ton the first wo­man pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee from a ma­jor party were in dis­ar­ray.

Diehard sup­port­ers of Mr San­ders booed when a pas­tor lead­ing the in­vo­ca­tion prayer men­tioned Ms Clin­ton’s name, set­ting the stage for each suc­ces­sive men­tion to spark a rau­cous cho­rus of out­bursts. –

Photo: AFP

Michelle Obama says a wo­man can be pres­i­dent af­ter en­dors­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton as the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date on July 25.

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