Politics 2020: Michelle Obama’s Personal, Charismatic Speech Steals the Show at DNC

“We Must Vote Like Our Lives Depend On It”

Michelle Obama smiling for the camera: Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 17, 2020.© Democratic National Convention Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 17, 2020.

The former First Lady offered a sharp rebuke of the Trump presidency, telling the Democratic National Convention that he “has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head.”

Michelle Obama is warning Americans to “vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it” during her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In remarks that capped off Monday night’s event, Mrs. Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Trump presidency, telling viewers that 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,” she said.

She added that “if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can.” Mrs. Obama emphasized the need for all Americans to vote, making reference to the voters who stayed home in 2016 and helped deliver Donald Trump the win that year, even as he lost the popular vote.

Obama highlighted how close the 2016 election was between President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying maybe voters “were fed up. Maybe they thought the outcome wouldn’t be close. Maybe the barriers felt too steep. Whatever the reason, in the end, those choices sent someone to the Oval Office who lost the national popular vote by nearly 3,000,000 votes.”

She says, “We’ve all been suffering the consequences. “In contrast, she described Biden as a “profoundly decent man” who “knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country.”

There was also a serious warning: “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me they can and they will!”

Nonetheless, overall, the impassioned speech, which came from the heart, was fueled by a belief that empathy is still the thing that can unite and save Americans as a nation.