Michelle Obama brought a breath of life to the Democratic National Convention Monday after nearly two hours of brief, bleak speeches and videos, taking aim at President Trump as she urged Americans to vote.
“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,” the former First Lady said in a pre-recorded video address.
“If we have any hope of ending this chaos we have to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
Wearing a gold “V-O-T-E” necklace, Obama spoke of young people, including her two daughters, witnessing the coronavirus pandemic and “people shouting in grocery stores, unwilling to wear a mask to keep us all safe.”
She mentioned leaders “emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists,” a country where “children are torn from their families and thrown into cage” and “pepper spray and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protestors for a photo-op.”
“Sadly, this is the America that is on display for the next generation,” she said. “That’s not just disappointing — it’s downright infuriating.”
Striking a note, Obama redefined her famous “when they go low, we go high” phrase, saying, “Going high means taking the harder path.”
“Going high means standing fierce against hatred,” she said. “And going high means unlocking the shackles of lies and mistrust with the only thing that can truly set us free: the cold hard truth.”
Obama noted that she understood her message wouldn’t be heard by some people as “we live in a nation that is deeply divided.”
However, she said, “you know I hate politics, but you also know how much I care about this nation.”
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