Six months. We only have six more months of Michelle Obama as the First Lady of the United States. That’s not saying she’ll fade into the shadows after President Barack Obama is no longer running the country though. After her speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, FLOTUS just proved she may just have what it takes to lead the nation in her own way.
In spite of how this election has become quite the circus, Michelle manages put things in perspective. And what better way to do that than by talking about a subject anyone can understand and appreciate: our children. And, more importantly, their futures.
She began her speech reminiscing about what it was like eight years ago, when she talked about why she thinks her husband should be president. She talked about daughters Malia and Sasha, then 10 and 7, and how at that moment, she realized their time in the White House “would form the foundation for who they would become, and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them.”
Michelle went on to say how she and Barack would try to “guide and protect” their girls from the spotlight and explain that “when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
Because when it comes to kids, it’s all about being a good example. Michelle knows that. We all know that. Well, MOST people know that. Or should.
“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us,” said Michelle. “We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as President and First Lady, because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country.
Kids who tell us ‘I saw you on TV’, ‘I wrote a report on you for school’.
Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, ‘is my hair like yours?’
And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls, that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in 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 went on to back Hillary Clinton, because of her “lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection…” among many other qualities, of course.
Michelle summed it up. “And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.”
But it’s this, THIS that brought the house down:
“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.
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.”
So much goodness, so many tears, so many cheers for this amazing, brilliant, inspiring woman. She sure knows how to pack a punch (OK, more like two jabs, a wicked cross and a finishing uppercut), what with slamming Donald Trump and reminding everyone about her own speech eight years ago, the speech that was recently regurgitated by Melania Trump — all without saying their names. Absolutely exquisite. The way she speaks, with such class and power, she can’t help but command respect and love and adoration. We hate to see her leave but we also want to see what happens next because you know Michelle will continue her mission to fight for children all over the world. We can’t wait for what’s to come.