The Democratic National Convention kicked off yesterday in Philadelphia and runs through Thursday. Amid heavy controversy over leaked emails, questionably more Bernie supporters than Hillary, and Sarah Silverman admitting that she felt the bern for the past year but to “relax, I put some cream on it.”
Skyrocketing above all speeches, appearances and performances from Boys II Men, was Michelle Obama. Delivering one of the most powerful and purposeful speeches in the history of conventions, the First Lady stole the show, Beyoncè style…and here are the top 5 quotes from the historical speech.
1. “Don’t let anyone tell you that our country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because right now, this is the greatest country on Earth.”
2. “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 to the children across this country…”
She went on to add, whether you’re the POTUS, a parent, or an adult living your day-to-day life, you are still an example to a child. We decide what kind of actions we want our kids to see. And with our votes, we get to determine the future of America.
3. “When they go low, we go high.”
The FLOTUS knows a thing or two about going high when others go low. The two-time Ivy League grad (she’s the first First Lady to have those kind of credentials) has talked candidly in the past about facing racism and sexism during her college years and professional years. But she has gone high when others have gone low, and her words were an important reminder that we all have the power to do so during this election cycle.
4. “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.”
Those are just a few examples of America letting its soul and dedication to liberty and justice for all take the lead. And Michelle reminded us that together, in times of happiness and times of distress, we are an unshakeable nation.
5. “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 on the White House lawn.”
Even better than Mrs. Obama’s speech? Bill Clinton’s school-boy reaction.