Bernie Sanders, John Kasich and Gretchen Whitmer were among the other speakers on the convention’s opening night. Michelle Obama gives a keynote saying ‘We have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.’
Michelle Obama, speaking on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, addressing her distress over President Trump’s leadership.
Aside her reluctance to engage in political combat, Michelle Obama gave an impassioned keynote address in the first night of the Democratic convention and offered a withering assessment of President Trump, accusing him of creating “chaos,” sowing “division” and governing “with a total and uttering lack of empathy.”
Mrs. Obama, the former first lady, spoke emphatically into the camera and gave a scathing, point-by-point analysis of Mr. Trump’s presidency in an urgent summons for Democratic voters to cast ballots in any way they could, even if it meant waiting in long lines in doing so.
According to her,She began by questioning the very legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s election in 2016, pointing out that he had lost the popular tally by “three million votes.”
She went on to hitting the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and said that the strong economy Mr. Trump inherited from her husband four years ago was “in shambles.” She also said Mr. Trump’s divisive approach on race relations had emboldened “torch-bearing white supremacists,” and ripped him for a lack of “leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness.”
Mrs. Obama began all of this by declaring, “You know, I hate politics.”
Then she dive in right way.
“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” Mrs. Obama said, offering a potent closing argument to a packed online program that seemed, at times, like an overpopulated Zoom call.
“He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is,” she added.
Mrs. Obama’s speech, which aired in the final hour, has been in the can for at least a week, according to people familiar with the matter. The speech was prerecorded because event planners did not want to risk running it live.
Back in 2012, President Barack Obama’s advisers routinely referred to Mrs. Obama as “the most popular” political figure in the country with many thought her rousing, resonant and mostly optimistic speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte that year was the apex of that non-virtual event.
Her tone, like the times, was very different on Monday night.
Mrs. Obama, reaching the end of her 20-minute time slot, cast the race not as merely the most important election of her lifetime, but as a last chance, of sorts, to redeem the nation from the steep moral, political and economic decline precipitated by Mr. Trump.
“So, base on her words at the First Night of Democratic Convention, is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election,” Mrs. Obama said. “If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
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