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