Throughout the course of Day 1 of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. They booed Debbie Wasserman Shultz, they booed John Lewis, they booed Bernie Sanders, they even booed the prayer. After four days of laughing at the debacle of the Republican Convention the week before. Democrats saw the hope of presenting a positive alternative slipping away. Hillary had to be worried. The media was feeding the frenzy. Privilege was raising it’s ugly head as a loud portion of Bernie supporters were disgusted they didn’t get their way. I can picture Michelle Obama saying goodbye to her husband the President on her way to speak. Giving him a fist bump and saying, “I got this!”
The mood of the crowd had calmed a bit before she took the stage. Sarah Silverman, a leading Bernie backer pointed out they were “being ridiculous.” Cory Booker built positivity from there but the boo’s only truly ended, when Michelle Obama took the stage. I won’t comment much about her appearance. I’ll leave others to talk about her hair and her dress. I will mention the ease and grace she had while being in front of a previously raucous crowd. She owned the moment and she knew it, not in a boastful manner but she had an awareness that this was her time.
Many of the previous speakers had yelled into the microphone, trying to make themselves be heard. Mrs. Obama spoke softly yet powerfully. Heard not only because of the adequacy of the sound system but because the audience, both in the hall and across America. Hung on her every word.
She spoke about her children, and the care she and Barack took while raising them in a fishbowl. She reminded us they woke each day in “a house built by slaves.” But now her girl’s played with their dogs on the White House lawn. She reminded us that we don’t need to make America greater because it already is great. She spoke of the significance of the police AND the protesters.
She never mentioned the Republican nominee by name but decimated him all the same. She talked of the need for a President of the United States that can communicate in more than 140 characters. She spoke of promise and hope and love and big dreams. She demeaned his cynicism and negativity. She valued a history of public service vs a lifetime of chasing fame. And when she was finished, Donald Trump didn’t tweet shit! He tweeted about Booker, Warren, and Sanders. He tweeted about Clinton and Barack. When it came to Michelle Obama, he said nothing for she is the Queen!
Some are already saying it was the best political convention speech of all time. They say Elizabeth Warren captivated the hall but not necessarily the television audience. Others they say spoke more to television than their live audience. Michelle Obama spoke to each of our hearts, by sharing from hers.
When she was done. She waved and smiled and walked off as gracefully as she came. When they talk about the first day of this convention they’ll rightfully say it was Michelle Obama’s speech that turned the tide of the Convention, and possibly the election. She is simultaneously the reigning Queen of the Universe and the greatest First Lady of all time. There are those that attacked her from the moment she hit the political scene. But went they go low, she went high. She will have the grace to give the next First Lady (or man) the space to find their way. Don’t stay away too long, you’ll be missed. We love you Michelle!