Opening night of the DNC convention was packed with a line-up of A-list speakers. This line-up included Senators Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. However, Michelle Obama stole the show.
It wasn’t even close!
She resplendently dazzled the audience with one of the most inspirational speeches in all convention history. The tone, message and delivery offered a stark contrast to the hateful, angry and fear-mongering speeches of last weeks GOP convention.
She made it clear on which American visions we want to pass on to our youth.
In her own word:
See, because at that moment I realized that our 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. That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.
How we 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.
With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. 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?
Such class, dignity and elegance: The Obamas will be truly missed.