Michelle Obama opens up about her parenting challenges in a speech

So we know that the Obamas are openly supporting Hillary Clinton for President. And who knows, we’d all be glad if the world’s capitalist capital did set a nice, big feminist example. Important for now, though, is the speech Michelle Obama delivered at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, 25th July 2016. It’s going viral – no surprises there. And for good reason. Michelle speaks of her and her husband’s parenting challenges, the future of America’s children and of the example that the next president must set for them.

These snippets should give you a good gist of all that she said:

  1. “I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who [our daughters] 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.”
  2. “With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country.”
  3. “In…every election, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four to eight years of their lives, and I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person I trust with that responsibility…and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
  4. “See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection.”
  5. You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives…advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s health care as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.”
  6. “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 their life. And when I think about the type of president I want for my girls and all our children…I want someone with the proven strength to persevere.”
  7. “I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase form and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.”

No doubt Michelle is using kids as her trump card to support Hillary. But everything she says, if idealistic and possible only in a utopian world, has the potential to grab the attention of the nation. By projecting Hillary as the heroic role model for kids, she propagates family values that every president so far has supported. And Hillary has more than public service records behind Michelle’s speech. Her real trump card will be that, if she wins, she’ll be the first president of the United States who knows what it’s like to be a mother.

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