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Watch: Michelle Obama makes emotional plea to back Hillary Clinton

Nick Duffy July 26, 2016

Michelle Obama truly raised the roof at the Democratic Convention on Monday night, as she endorsed Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The First Lady of the United States was one of many key figures to take to the stage and praise Clinton, following former Presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders.

In her speech, the First Lady explained why she wanted to see Clinton in the White House, without once mentioning her Republican opponent by name.

Explaining the difficulties of raising her daughters in the spotlight, she said: “That is what Barack and I think about every day as he tried to guide and protect our girls from the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight.

“How we urged 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. Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”

Mrs Obama continued: “In this election, and every election, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.

“I am you tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”

She continued: “What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure.

“She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life. And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that is what I want. I want someone with the proven strength to persevere.

“Somebody who knows this job and takes it seriously. Somebody who understands that the issues of our nation are not black or white. It cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.

“Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.

She continued: “I want a president with a record of public service. Someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves; we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.

“And we give back even when we are struggling ourselves because we know that there there is someone worse off. There but for the grace of God, go I. I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters.

“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.

“Hillary understands that the presidency is about one thing and one thing only. It is about leaving something better for our kids.”

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