When they go low, we go high – Michelle Obama

When they go low, we go high – Michelle Obama
July 26 15:14 2016

Michelle Obama cast the presidential race as one between a
positive role model for children — in Hillary Clinton — and a
damaging one — in Donald Trump — in the marquee speech
on the Democratic National Convention’s opening night.
The first lady never mentioned Trump by name, but
leveraging her popularity, she made a rare, if not
unprecedented, foray into partisan politics to knock the
 Republican nominee.
Obama condemned “the hateful language that we hear from
public figures on TV,” saying that “our motto is, when they
go low, we go high.”

And in a shot at Trump’s “Make America Great Again”
campaign slogan, Obama discussed raising her children in a
White House that was built by slaves.
”Don’t let anyone tell you that this country isn’t great. This
right now is the greatest country on earth,” the First Lady
said.
Obama electrified the crowd at the Wells Fargo Arena in
Philadelphia, taking the stage just after 10 p.m. ET and — in
a departure from the political attacks on display all day –
making the case that, because of her character and
temperament, Clinton is the role model she’d like her
daughters to see in the Oval Office.
It was a remarkable embrace of the prime-time stage for
Obama, who was reluctant about the spotlight that came
when her husband, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 
launched his presidential campaign against Clinton in 2007.
”

To understand the journey she’s taken as a reluctant
conscript on the public scene, to come here and command
that stage the way she did tonight was extraordinary — and I
think did for Hillary Clinton what no one else has done to
this point,” said David Axelrod, a top Obama strategist on
the 2008 campaign and now a CNN political commentator.
The first lady began discussing watching her daughters
grow up in the White House — saying she remembers
watching them go off to school for the first time.
”At that moment, I realized that our time in the White House
would form the foundation for who they would become, and
how we managed this experience could truly make or break
them,” she said.
She added: “This election — every election — is about who
will have the power to shape our children for the next four or
eight years of our lives.

And I am here 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.”
Obama told the electrified audience that “we are always
stronger together,” saying she wants a President “who will
teach our children that everyone in this country matters.”
”I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of
President that Hillary Clinton will be, and that’s why in this
election, I’m with her,” Obama said.
In a nod to Clinton’s historic status as the first female
presumptive nominee of a major U.S. political party, she
said: “Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our
sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can
be President of the United States.”

She called Clinton “a leader who will be guided every day by
the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all
have for our children.”
Temperament and experience is something Michelle Obama
has been referencing a lot these days — dipping her toe into
2016 politics by taking veiled shots at Donald Trump in
speeches over the past few months.
”Right now, when we’re hearing so much disturbing and
hateful rhetoric, it is so important to remember that our
diversity has been — and will always be — our greatest
source of strength and pride here in the United States,” Mrs.
Obama said at a Nowruz celebration at the White House in
April.

“Here in America, we don’t give in to our fears. We don’t
build up walls to keep people out,” she said during a
commencement address at City College of New York this
June.
Michelle Obama is seen as having a unique and essential
role to play for Clinton, key to keeping the Obama coalition
of women, African Americans, Hispanics and young people
engaged.
The first lady could turn into a powerful surrogate to boost
the presumptive Democratic nominee, with her high
favorability ratings.
”I think Hillary Clinton is a phenomenal woman,” the first
lady said when asked about her at a White House event in
April, “and I’ve gotten to know her, and I think she’s made
some pretty major contributions over the course of her life.”
However, she took the stage to make the case for a woman
she hasn’t always supported.

During the bruising 2008 Democratic primary fight, Michelle
Obama often took veiled swipes at her husband’s opponent.
”They said there was an inevitable candidate, that there was
someone who was going to make this race virtually
impossible. And I thought, wow, it’s over already?” Obama
said in an interview with CBS in the fall of 2007, in the
throes of the Democratic primary.
”So, our view is that if you can’t run your own house, you
certainly can’t run the White House,” Michelle Obama said
from the campaign trail in the early state of Iowa in August
of 2007.
But theirs was a relationship that grew once the campaign
came to a close.

Shortly after Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign and
endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama, Michelle praised Clinton
for the way she came around to supporting her husband.
”From the minute after this was done, right, she has always
been just cordial and open. I’ve called her. I’ve talked to
her. She’s given me advice about the kids,” Obama told
Larry King in October of 2008, “We’ve talked at length about
this kind of stuff, how you feel, how you react.

She has been
amazing. She is a real pro and a woman with character.”
The convention stage is a platform that Obama is familiar
with by now, delivering high-profile speeches in both the 
2008 and 2012 conventions for her husband, speeches that
drew heavily on the Obama family’s personal story.
”Every step of the way since that clear day, February, 19
months ago, when, with little more than our faith in each
other and a hunger for change, we joined my husband,
Barack Obama, on the improbable journey that has led us to
this moment,” Mrs. Obama said in Denver at the DNC in
2008. “But each of us comes here also by way of our own
improbable journey.”
She hit similar themes, weaving in their personal narrative,
four years later.
”Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it
and he wants everyone in this country to have that same
opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or
what we look like, or who we love,” she said in 2012 in
Charlotte.

(CNN)