All eyes are on Philly and the DNC this week. Last night all eyes, clear and/or teared up, were on First Lady Michelle Obama. She delivered her final campaign speech on day one of the Democratic National Convention. She gracefully and flawlessly spoke as the attendees and the world listened with careful ears.

Her speech was powerful, truthful, and a strong call to action for us to think about our future, the next generation. During the speech she shared how far we’ve come as a country and explained that we have a long way to go. “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. Because of Hilary Clinton my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

She explained why she was supporting Hilary Clinton. “Hilary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only. It’s about leaving something for our kids.” She continues to explain “I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters. And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No. we listen to each other. We lean on each other because we are always stronger together.”

The first family always celebrated community, finding ways to come together love one another and make the world a better place. The First Lady reminded us all that integrity and character is important regardless of others actions. “When someone acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. When they go low, we go high.”

During the speech she also told us that sitting back was not the answer. “In this election, we cannot sit back and hope everything works for the best. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. We need to knock on every door. We need to pour every last ounce of our love and strength for this country into making Hilary the next president of the United States.”

This was a strong opening for the Democratic National Convention and a speech that many consider one of the best that the First Lady has delivered.

-Yvelette Stines

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