Michelle Obama: The Story of This Country

I didn’t plan to make a post on the Democratic National Convention, but First Lady Michelle Obama made an incredibly moving speech on her view of the state of the 2016 election. You can imagine how she might have felt with the opportunity to give her opinion openly for the first time in months.

The speech is inspired by three women Michelle knows, her daughters Sasha and Malia, and Hillary Clinton. Michelle reflects on the path and struggle of American Women as she prepares to see one of her daughters off to college and the first woman be named nominee of a major political party for the first time. She know these struggles and accomplishments well being married to the first Black President.

In a time of deep negativity and divisiveness, Michelle words offer what feels like a 2nd chance with a helping hand. I’ve included the most memorable portion, to me, in text below the video. It isn’t long, less than 15 minutes, but it is wholesomely healthy. Bravo!

 

A president that truly believes in the precedent that our founders put forth all those years ago — that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story. When crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other, we listen to each other. We lean on each other. We are always stronger together. I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president Hillary Clinton will be and that is why in this election, I’m with her.

You see, Hillary understands that the presidency is about one thing and one thing only. It is about leaving something better for our kids. That is how we have always moved this country forward — by all of us coming together on behalf of our children. Volunteering to coach the team, teach the Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.

Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to pass on those blessings of liberty; police officers and protesters in Dallas who all that really want to keep our children safe; people who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, or their daughter in the club.

Leaders like Tim Kaine, who show our kids what decency and devotion look like. Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who have the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling until they finally break through, lifting all of us along with her.

That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, 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 — play with the dog on the White House lawn

And 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.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country is not great. That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on Earth.

And as my daughters set out on the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader worthy of my girls’ promise and all of our kids’ promise. A leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

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