Former First Lady Michelle Obama did not hold back on Monday night during the first round of the Democratic National Convention when she took on President Donald Trump in an epic keynote address in support of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Mrs. Obama masterfully contrasted these last three and a half years under Trump to the eight years her husband served when the country had a properly recovering economy and leaders who listened to health officials to keep the public safe.
But without even mentioning Trump’s name, she made it clear that Trump is incapable of doing the job.
“I am one of a handful of people living today who have seen firsthand the immense weight and awesome power of the presidency,” Obama said. “And let me once again tell you this: the job is hard. It requires clear-headed judgment, a mastery of complex and competing issues, a devotion to facts and history, a moral compass, and an ability to listen—and an abiding belief that each of the 330,000,000 lives in this country has meaning and worth. A president’s words have the power to move markets. They can start wars or broker peace. They can summon our better angels or awaken our worst instincts. You simply cannot fake your way through this job.”
But faking it is what Trump has been doing his entire life, and the presidency has not been any different. He has especially been faking it as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country. In response to the deaths of 170,000 Americans from the virus, Trump shrugged off the loss by saying “It is what it is.”
Michelle Obama then used Trump’s name for the first time in her remarks and used his own words against him.
“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can,” she said. “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
It’s a shot across Trump’s bow that he will likely whine about. But Obama was not finished yet because she warned Americans that all could be lost if they don’t vote for Biden this November.
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: 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,” she concluded. “If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
It’s definitely a helluva way to kick-off the convention.
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