Michelle Obama's Emotional Speech Rouses Democratic Convention Audience — Watch and Grade It

Did the Democratic National Convention peak on Night 1?

Michelle Obama will certainly be a tough headliner to follow, thanks to a profoundly personal speech that talked plainly about her own experiences as First Lady, laid our her rationale for why Hillary Clinton deserves to be president, and threw more shade than an oversized beach umbrella on Republican nominee Donald Trump — without ever mentioning him by name.

Below are five of the more provocative passages from Obama’s speech — which seemed to unite even the most divided Democrats into fits of thunderous applause.

* Obama explained that when her daughters Malia and Sasha, ages 7 and 10, set off for their first day of school in Washington eight years ago, protected by “big men with guns, the only thing I could think was, ‘what have we done?’ See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become. And how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them. That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight. How we urge 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. No, our motto is ‘When they go low, we go high.'”

* “When Hillary didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusoned. Hillary did not pack up and go home. Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments. So, she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as Secetary of State — travelling the globe to keep our kids safe. And look, there were plenty of moments whenHillary could have decided this work was too hardm that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing: What I admire most about Hillary is she never buckles under pressure… And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.”

* “When I think about the kind of president I want for my girls and all our children, I want someone with the proven strength to persever. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white, and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters. Look, 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 a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.”

* “Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only. It’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children. Folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village. Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty. Police officers and protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe. People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood becasue it could have been their son, their daughter in that club. Leaders like Tim Kaine, who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.”

* “That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, 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.”

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90 Comments
  1. K says:

    FLOTUS for POTUS!

  2. Jonesy says:

    First ever FLILF

  3. Kj says:

    Never could stand her since I heard about her support for partial birth abortion and, guess what, still can’t stand her now.

  4. TJ says:

    She killed it!

  5. Dr. B says:

    I will miss Michelle Obama in the White House and I wish she was running for President after Hillary Clinton wins 😎

  6. V Ray says:

    She absolutely hit it out of the park!

  7. Stefany says:

    How long before passages begin to show up in Trump / Pence stump speeches?

  8. John says:

    Like her husband, President Obama, Michelle Obama is a racist. Both have been pulling the race card for years and we owe it to them for dividing our country with their pro-Black Lives Matter and anti-cop talk. They will NOT be missed!

    • Nina says:

      You sound like your candidate, angry and bitter. So nice we had the contrast tonight from people who know how to build, not tear down, especially the magnificent Michelle Obama.

    • Kate says:

      Okay, John, now tell us more about the Men’s Rights Activist group you belong to.

    • Angela says:

      …mmkay. If you say so.

    • maggie says:

      John, you are living in an alternate reality. I’m sure you will miss Roger Ailes at Fox, as his propaganda seems to form your opinions.

    • Speaking up for equal rights and equal treatment is neither racist nor race baiting. Can’t you hear yourself telling minority groups to sit down and quietly take what they get?

      All men are created equal. A strong black woman doesn’t make you less. Telling her she should be less makes you less.

    • Mary says:

      You sound like a insecure male who is threaten by a Black Women with so much intelligence that her speech went way over your head. Did you listen and comprehend her speech at all or are you the type to just let hatred cloud your judgement. Just to let you know because someone is behind a movement, which obviously you don’t understand, doesn’t make them anti-cop. This Women has more class then most and I love her saying when they go low, which is often, we go high. Did you understand at least that part of the speech?

    • Charles g says:

      AMEN

    • Robin says:

      Wow, a conservative race-baiting and Obama blaming. Can’t you even begin to be original? I know that your overlords want you to stay on script but c’mon, STOP BEING LAZY and at least, TRY to be original. Let me drop some knowledge on you. Blacks, Asians and Hispanics experience racism on the daily and them letting you know that isn’t ‘playing the race card’, it’s simply discussing THEIR lives. Your white privilege allows you to PRETEND that racism doesn’t exist but most of us don’t live in a fairy tale.

      • Dome from on high says:

        Yeah, John, be original!!! Don’t you start plagiarizing from Obama too, with the race-baiting, and blaming…oh, that’s right, everything was Bush’s fault, not Obama’s

      • Shanean austin says:

        Thank you. When a person can go out without worrying about how people will see u and how they will treat u let
        Me know. I know non people of color do not have to plan their day and worry about this everyday.

    • Gwen Loomis says:

      I was going to respond with a cogent, well-thought-out argument, but then I thought, why bother having a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent?

    • Bobby says:

      All the First Couple did was expose racists like you. You are what is dividing this country and I hope your candidate Chump disappears into complete obscurity after Hillary kicks his ass.

      • Shanean austin says:

        Thank you all the Obamas did was say how being Black in this country affected them that’s all. I mean one on. Look at how the Republicans treat him. They the his hands at every turn. I mean muchrlle Obama’s experience would be different from Melsnia Trump. Melania married up and rich. Michelle Obama went to school and worked hard to become a lawyer. The problem is everyone thinks everyone’s experience in America is the same.

    • Shanean austin says:

      They just tell it like it is to be Black in America. That’s all. Even though he’s President he’s letting u know it still affects him. He’s is anti police. Just police brutality. He has the right to his opinion. It’s hus constitutional right. I see Obama treat so many different types of people that he meets with respect. He lights up when he meets people and smile. Actually he would be a great Ambassadir. I never heard him say anything bad about anyone unlike Trump. Trump is mean and I met him and I was right about him. He respects no one.

    • Lynn says:

      Easily said for someone who doesn’t have to worry about getting shot by a copy if he’s pulled over, right?

    • max mac says:

      john is a conservative hater who opens his mouth while licking on his big toe just like his presidential candidate.. it will really be pathetic for a confused conservative to hear a very simple but powerful speech that keeps ringing on his brain.. it’s actually painful to hear..that’s why john fights back with hate.. john cannot just accept that there is someone more intelligent & with clear wisdom than him and sean hannity..
      when “low levels” open their mouth, it is usually laced with hatred & lies concealing envy.. grand old pathetics..

    • Exactly!!!!!^^^^^^upvote^^^^ 1000 times
      At least you are awake and not wallowing in the ‘hopey changey’ pus

    • This comment section is about the most stupid controlled site I have ever tried to comment on. I guess a bunch of RETARDS run it….LOLOLOL AZZHOLES.

  9. Scott says:

    not to be nit picky, but the current White House was built by Irish immigrants after the one built by the tax payers was destroyed in a fire

    • Jim says:

      Sections of the original house were saved and used in the rebuilding so technically they still can be credited as building the White House. https://www.whitehousehistory.org/teacher-resources/building-the-white-house

    • Sarah says:

      Both White Houses’ were built with slave and immigrant labor because it was a huge job. The second White House used stone quarried by slaves and slaves were part of the work force as well as Irish immigrants and many other immigrants of various nationalities and US citizens. I know that Italian craftsmen did many of the carvings at the WH and Capitol buildings. All the payment records to individuals and slave owners are available at the White House, may even be online now. I learned this when I was 12 and toured the White House with my school group during Nixon’s administration.

      • Shanean austin says:

        Never knew that the White House was also built by Irish immigrants. We’re they indentured? The way immigrants were treated makes me sick.

  10. President and Mrs. Obama will be DECIDEDLY missed.

    • Ben says:

      They are america’s favorite celebrities after all.. who cares about management and policy right?.. hail the kardashian! :P

  11. Alexandra M Miller says:

    If the US is the greatest country on earth, why do 10 other countries have higher min wages, and 24 better education than ours, and many better health care, and less gun violence, and ad infinitum. Guess the BLM people and unemployed are just annoying whiners??!! Not!!

    • Mary says:

      We all know the answer to that but many won’t believe that a certain party hurts the economy more than the other. Like stated last night trickle down economics has never worked but that doesn’t stop some.

    • Lynn says:

      And the Repulbicans’ are all about repealing Obamacare if Trump gets into office. We will never be on the level of some European countries with respect to these issues.

  12. Greg says:

    Yes it was the Obamas dividing the country, nothing to do with Trump spending the last year spreading racism and getting people riled up with hate.

    • Eric H says:

      And what exactly has Obama done to temper those racial tensions? Absolutely nothing.

      • openyourmind says:

        Obama has laid it out very clearly, if you are opened to hearing it. Some people refuse to see what the real problem is and sit back and complain they want “thier” America to be great again. They pretend like people are saying Black Lives Matter More, when anyone with a brain knows that it means Black Lives (should) Matter just as much. They pretend that Black Lives aren’t treated differently in many situations. And if you understand that it does not mean that Blue Lives don’t matter but they should be held accountable for their bad behavior.

        • Buffy0531 says:

          Very well said. Reasonable people get it. Irrational people don’t and never will. This woman is the epitome of class and grace and I will miss her and her family.

  13. DarkDefender says:

    Better than awesome.

  14. Sammy says:

    So because Hillary persevered and didn’t give up after her first attempt … she should be president now?
    What about the issues that actually matter? Like creating a middle class and elevating the poor and destitute? Does that not matter? What about the millions of bright young people who can’t afford tertiary education?
    Let me get this straight, the DNC via Michelle’s speech is saying Hill must be president because she served her time as sec of state and senator and believes that this job is more than her? This is effed up brainwashing!! Tell someone who doesn’t know any better that Hillary should be president because she deserves it after loosing the last time… it’s absolutely ridiculous and this is why America isn’t great and won’t be.

    Let’s get it straight, I hate trump. The only person to make this country great again is Bernie Sanders. The fact that Americans don’t see it, is shocking and worrying.
    Oh well… in a year’s time when you either have Hellary or more than likely Trumpeter in the white house then all those that never felt the Bern will cry.

    • openyourmind says:

      You are cherry picking what you want to fit you agenda. Read the platform and actually look at Hillary’s voting record with Bernie. They voted the same way 93 percent of the time in the two years they shared in the Senate

    • John NYC says:

      Sanders. Lost. The. Primary. Elections.

      By millions upon millions of votes.

      The People thus had their say in the nomination process: and they clearly said Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    • Mary says:

      If you really listen to the speeches last night, especially by Bernie, he was able to implement some of his ideas to Hillary. No one President will be able to get 100% accomplished while in the White House, especially when you have a certain group fighting every move you make. If you truly believed in Bernie than you should vote Democrat because the Republican side is against all of what he was trying to do.

    • Robin says:

      What many Bernie or Bust supporters don’t seem to get is that with Hillary they (and Bernie) at least have an ear (and power) in the WH. With trump they have less. than. nothing. So put your big girl/big boy pants on and stop throwing tantrums because you didn’t get what you want.

      I am going to miss the Obamas. They are the epitome of class and grace. They put up with so much crap from day 1. Michelle’s speech was amazing and she slayed the immature 70 year old who throws chronic tantrums like a ninja.

  15. N says:

    Love her and will miss her

  16. Tebogo Tlharipe says:

    To all racists and haters who are staunch and relentless christian hypocrites, keep on hating non whites, but be warned the true God will judge you for what is deep in thy heart.
    obama or Clinton, neither a status nor colour grants one the passage to HIS favour but pure love for all IS!

  17. LynnH says:

    Where’s TVLine’s “Best/Worst” item about Night 1 of the DNC Convention? You know, like you wrote each night of the Republican convention? Could you guys at least TRY to be neutral? Really lame.

    • Mary says:

      Could it be that Michelle Obama stood out that it was worth a thread all its own. It is not his fault that the Democrat convention was actually had worth while intelligent speakers compare to the other. They didn’t have to go enlist long forgotten actors to speak. The truth is they don’t have to be neutral. I am sure you will get your negative reaction over at Fox so you might want to check that out, probably already have.

    • Angela says:

      1. It was the first night. They didn’t do a “best/worst” for the first night of the RNC, either-look back through the articles from last week and you’ll see that. They saved those sorts of lists for later in the week. And there’s still a couple days to go in the DNC convention, so they still could do a “best/worst” list for this week, too.
      .
      2. If they don’t have them, well, that’s probably because they didn’t have people plagiarizing someone else’s speech or some D-list actor incorrectly calling Obama a Muslim or things of that sort. The RNC kinda brought that mockery on itself.

  18. Cas says:

    Never really a fan of hers. But her speech was good.

  19. Margo Kerr says:

    Michelle rocked this. As a Canadian I am dearly going to miss the dignity, wisdom and grace the Obamas bought to the Whitehouse. They are an amazing duo. We sit tight here in Canada waiting with the rest of the world to see how you vote. We hope and pray you choose with dignity, wisdom and grace. If I’d had a vote it would have been The Bern…but, Hilary is my second choice.

  20. cloudslicer says:

    I don’t trust the poll. Nobody gets 91.5%, its a bot clicking on awesome. Notice there was no captcha to inhibit web bots. Its pretty simple to do an HTTP GET on a web page and place it into a loop a few thousand times.

    Nice try DNC.

    • Mary says:

      Wow it is true, we definitely have more paranoid people in the world today. You really must get out in the world more because do you really think it matters on what the polls says.

  21. J.Norman says:

    I’m not an Obama or Hilary supporter, but I am a reluctant fan of Michelle.
    She definitely has been an asset to him and (Hilary)

  22. carbus says:

    I understand the Bernie supporters perfectly. However, as a Hillary supporter in 2008, I thin I behaved much better when she lost the nomination. I wasn’t happy about it, but I didn’t boo Barack Obama. Obama’s speech sums this up perfectly:

    When Hillary didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusoned. Hillary did not pack up and go home. Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments. So, she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as Secetary of State — travelling the globe to keep our kids safe. And look, there were plenty of moments whenHillary could have decided this work was too hardm that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing: What I admire most about Hillary is she never buckles under pressure

    • Lynn says:

      Can’t really compare to 2008 since it’s now a known fact that Hillary was favored by the DNC from before day 1 really and that Bernie was screwed over at every possible opportunity.

  23. carbus says:

    I understand the Bernie supporters perfectly. However, as a Hillary supporter in 2008, I thin I behaved much better when she lost the nomination. I wasn’t happy about it, but I didn’t boo Barack Obama. Obama’s speech sums this up perfectly:

  24. Walkie says:

    She’s a remarkable human being.
    I hope she does run for office in some capacity. She would do very well.

  25. Hawa says:

    She had me in tears when she said, “I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves” when she got the part with her daughters playing on the White House lawn…😢😢😢. She is an educated, classy woman and by far the BEST first woman we have had.

  26. RZ says:

    Best speech of the night!

  27. Guest says:

    Everyone here does realize that she didn’t write her own speech, correct? She had a team of people doing it for her. Everyone at these types of events does.

    • Mary says:

      Yes she does have a speech writing team but don’t make it sound that she didn’t have any input with it because that would be a total lie. Just to let you in on a few pointers a speech could be well written but if the delivery is off it falls flat. Lets see how much of this speech will be stolen by the other side.

  28. Bobby says:

    Michelle Obama is PERFECTION!!

  29. Nicole says:

    Some day I hope I am half as cool as Mrs. Obama…

  30. max mac says:

    when michelle talks, there’s sincerity, passion and sharpness of her eyes revealing authenticity & authority, wisdom, simplicity& power in her words..very presidentiable..
    simple but very powerful speech melania trump or any of the trump campaign could plagiarize..

  31. Peter says:

    Appr’te 4 all that, We need pple like Clinton in Uganda,
    Mrs Obama talked and i felt it on my heart she really deserves it. We Will Miss Obama’ Family.
    Thank You And God Bless

  32. NASR M. A. GIHA says:

    Never the less it was emotionai speech but, it was strong and I think every one got the message ,,,, I wishes all the best for HILLARY CLINTON

  33. ‘Moochelle’ is a tranny. Look at that manly body….hahahahahaha
    But you liberals love freak shows like that.
    She looks and walks like a clumsy gorilla

    • Terry says:

      Name calling? Really? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since that’s what your candidate does. You both sound like 5 year olds.

  34. Betty coale says:

    Michelle is undoubtedly the smartest classiest and gracious First Lady to ever be in the White House. Her speech was fabulous as as she has been fortune last 8 years. Sad it can only be for 8

    • Gordo says:

      You are right, she is the smartest first “lady” to ever be in the White House. Because he is a man…..

  35. C says:

    Impressed. Michelle for President after Hillary!