Full Video and Text: Watch the Speech Everyone Fell in Love With
Michelle Obama delivered what some are saying was her best speech ever Monday night at the Democratic National Convention. Perhaps better than any other First Lady has, she shared the heart of America.Â
But her speech was also designed to move those undecided voters into Hillary Clinton’s camp, and to take down the Republican nominee, Donald TrumpÂ â€“ which she did, elegantly, without ever mentioning his name.
“So donâ€™t let anyone ever tell you that this country isnâ€™t great, that somehow we need to make it great again.Â Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth,” the First Lady said.
And then there was this:
With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.Â We as parents are their most important role models.Â 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 to children across this country â€“- kids who tell us, â€œI saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.â€Â Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, â€œIs my hair like yours?â€
â€” Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) July 26, 2016
And, wow, this:
That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves — (applause) — and I watch my daughters â€“- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women â€“- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.Â (Applause.)Â And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters â€“- and all our sons and daughters -â€“ now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.
Here’s the video and full transcript (via the White House) of her speech:
You know, itâ€™s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be President.Â (Applause.)Â Remember how I told you about his character and conviction, his decency and his grace -â€“ the traits that weâ€™ve seen every day that heâ€™s served our country in the White House.
I also told you about our daughters â€“- how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world.Â And during our time in the White House, weâ€™ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women -â€“ a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington, when they set off for their first day at their new school.
I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just seven and ten years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.Â (Laughter.)Â And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, â€œWhat have we done?â€Â (Laughter.)Â See, because at that moment, I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they 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 — how we urge them to ignore those who question their fatherâ€™s citizenship or faith.Â (Applause.)Â How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.Â (Applause.)Â How we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you donâ€™t stoop to their level -â€“ no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.Â (Applause.)Â Â Â
With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.Â We as parents are their most important role models.Â 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 to children across this country â€“- kids who tell us, â€œI saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.â€Â Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, â€œIs my hair like yours?â€Â (Applause.)Â
And make no mistake about it, this November, when we go to the polls, that is what weâ€™re deciding -â€“ not Democrat or Republican, not left or right.Â No, this election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.Â (Applause.)Â And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.Â (Applause.)Â
See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because Iâ€™ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nationâ€™s children â€“- not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection â€“- (applause) — but every child who needs a champion:Â Kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs.Â Kids who wonder how theyâ€™ll ever afford college.Â Kids whose parents donâ€™t speak a word of English but dream of a better life.Â Kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.
You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives — (applause) — advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer.Â Fighting for childrenâ€™s health care as First Lady and for quality child care in the Senate.Â And when she didnâ€™t win the nomination eight years ago, she didnâ€™t get angry or disillusioned.Â (Applause.)Â Hillary did not pack up and go home.Â Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.Â (Applause.)Â So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as Secretary of State, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.Â
And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs.Â But hereâ€™s the thing — what I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure.Â (Applause.)Â She never takes the easy way out.Â And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.Â (Applause.)Â
And when I think about the kind of President that I want for my girls and all our children, thatâ€™s what I want.Â I want someone with the proven strength to persevere.Â Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously.Â Someone who understands that the issues a President faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.Â (Applause.)Â Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you canâ€™t make snap decisions.Â You canâ€™t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed.Â (Applause.)Â
I want a President with a record of public service, someone whose lifeâ€™s work shows our children that we donâ€™t chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed — (applause) — and we give back, even when weâ€™re struggling ourselves, because we know that there is always someone worse off, and there but for the grace of God go I.Â (Applause.)Â Â Â
I want a President who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters â€“- a President who truly believes in the vision that our founders put forth all those years ago:Â That we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.Â (Applause.)Â And when crisis hits, we donâ€™t turn against each other -â€“ no, we listen to each other.Â We lean on each other.Â Because we are always stronger together.Â (Applause.)Â
And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be.Â And thatâ€™s why, in this election, Iâ€™m with her.Â (Applause.)Â
You see, Hillary understands that the President is about one thing and one thing only -â€“ itâ€™s about leaving something better for our kids.Â Thatâ€™s how weâ€™ve always moved this country forward â€“- by all of us coming together on behalf of our children — folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class because they know it takes a village.Â Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty.Â Â
Police officers and protestors in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.Â (Applause.)Â People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.Â (Applause.)Â Leaders like Tim Kaine — (applause) — who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.Â Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.Â (Applause.)Â
That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves — (applause) — and I watch my daughters â€“- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women â€“- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.Â (Applause.)Â And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters â€“- and all our sons and daughters -â€“ now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.Â (Applause.)Â Â
So donâ€™t let anyone ever tell you that this country isnâ€™t great, that somehow we need to make it great again.Â Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth.Â (Applause.)Â And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girlsâ€™ promise and all our kidsâ€™ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.Â
So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best.Â We cannot afford to be tired, or frustrated, or cynical.Â No, hear me — between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago:Â We need to knock on every door.Â We need to get out every vote.Â We need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as President of the United States of America.Â
Letâ€™s get to work.Â Thank you all, and God bless.
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House Republicans Move to Preempt SOTU With New Hur Subpoena
While continuing to defend their impeachment investigation into President Joe Biden, despite the testimony or credibility of numerous star witnesses collapsing, Republican House Chairs Jim Jordan and Jim Comer on Tuesday announced they have issued a subpoena to Attorney General Merrick Garland for “records, including transcripts, notes, video, and audio files, related to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation” of President Biden’s mishandling of classified information.
Hur cleared the President of any criminal wrongdoing, while deviating from DOJ guidelines by making partisan attacks on the President’s memory.
Despite the entire “Burisma” conspiracy again imploding, Chairman Comer and Chairman Jordan have continued to promote false claims surrounding President Biden.
Comer on Tuesday claimed Alexander Smirnov “never was a key part” of his investigation into the President.
Jordan’s and Comer’s remarks have drawn the scrutiny of several former federal prosecutors, including U.S. Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-NY), who last week warned they could be opening themselves up to conspiracy charges. Monday night Rep. Goldman made his allegations clear: “Jordan is now conspiring with Putin to interfere in the Nov election.”
The deadline Comer and Jordan gave the Attorney General is March 7, the date President Biden is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union Address, as NewsNation Washington Correspondent Joe Khalil noted.
NEW- House Judiciary/Oversight Republicans issue a subpoena to AG Merrick Garland, compelling DOJ to hand over Special Counsel Robert Hur’s full, transcribed interview w/President Biden by March 7th.
That’s the same day POTUS is set to deliver State of the Union address pic.twitter.com/0LF7MDEk3O
— Joe Khalil (@JoeKhalilTV) February 27, 2024
Republicans, along with Fox News, have been concerned over reports President Biden’s team wants to use the State of the Union as a “reset.” Far-right Fox News Business host Maria Bartiromo expressed great concern about the State of the Union Address as she noted Republicans have legislation that would block President Biden from delivering the annual address, at least from inside Congress.
Maria Bartiromo and Rep. Scott Perry push the idea of the House refusing to invite Biden to deliver the State of the Union address. (Reminder that if it’d been up to these two, they would’ve thrown out the 2020 election results and not let Biden take office at all.) pic.twitter.com/BtRhPVqKAA
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) February 26, 2024
As Axios reported last week, Republicans have been planning ways to take the “spotlight” away from President Biden’s control, and turn it back onto him.
“Biden’s ownership of the national spotlight will be brief. Just five days after his speech, House Republicans will hold a hearing with special counsel Robert Hur, whose report cleared the president of mishandling documents but called him a ‘well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,'” reported Axios’ Mike Allen and Alex Thompson. “Republicans tell Axios they hope to make the hearing a blockbuster, including pressing Hur about Biden’s fitness.”
CBS News adds that Comers and Jordan’s “committees have been trying to show for months that Mr. Biden was enriched by his family’s foreign business dealings and accepted bribes, but have so far uncovered no wrongdoing by the president. Their impeachment inquiry took a hit when one of their key witnesses was with lying about the first family’s business dealings.”
Image of Jim Jordan via Shutterstock
At the White House Johnson Says Biden Must Use Executive Orders After Calling Them ‘Gimmicks’
Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson says President Joe Biden must issue executive orders to address the southern border, just days after scoffing at claims the President was considering using his executive authority, calling those orders “election year gimmicks.”
Republicans, with the assistance of – and some say, at the direction of – Donald Trump derailed a bipartisan border bill several weeks ago.
Although the House is still on vacation, Speaker Johnson attended his first White House meeting with President Biden on Tuesday, along with Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.
The President’s goal in gathering the congressional leaders together was to find a way to avoid a government shutdown, which will come after midnight Friday if the House and Senate cannot agree and pass legislation to fund the government.
Biden looks at Speaker Johnson and says: “Government funding — I’m sure you guys have that all taken care of. But all kidding aside … ” pic.twitter.com/ZzkDQCDGw3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2024
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the meeting “one of the most intense” of his career.
Schumer, McConnell, and Jeffries are all united in the need to pass legislation to help Ukraine battle Russian President Vladimir Putin’s illegal war.
“We said to the Speaker, ‘get it done’ … history is looking over your shoulder.”
— Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) says the White House meeting on Ukraine aid was “one of the most intense” of his career. pic.twitter.com/JAdSdhaI3j
— The Recount (@therecount) February 27, 2024
Often after these meetings participants will hold a joint press conference outside the White House but Johnson opted to speak to reporters alone.
Defiant, and in opposition to the President, Leaders Schumer, McConnell, and Jeffries, Johnson declared that the southern border must be fixed before he could support funding critical military aid to Ukraine.
Pointing to “discussion about the supplemental spending package,” referring to the military aid bill, Johnson told reporters (video below): “I was very clear with the President and all those in the room that the House is actively pursuing and investigating all the various options on that, and we will address that in a timely manner.”
“But again, the first priority of the country is our border and making sure it’s secure. I believe the President can take executive authority right now today to change that. And I told him that again today in person, as I’ve said to him many times, publicly and privately over the last several weeks, it’s time for action. It is a catastrophe, and it must stop and we will get the government funded and we’ll keep working on that.”
Last week, Politico reported Johnson, in addition to his “election year gimmicks” remarks, said: “The president suddenly seems interested in trying to make a change using the legal authority that he claimed until recently didn’t exist.”
Watch Johnson below or at this link:
Johnson on the Supplemental: The House is actively pursuing all the options on that. We will address that in a timely manner. But the first priority is our border pic.twitter.com/FxrzzKTz5J
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 27, 2024
Watch the videos above or at this link.
Stephen Miller: Arrest ‘Commie’ Teachers, Use Government Power to ‘Defeat Evil’
Former Trump aide Stephen Miller told the MAGA activists gathered near Washington, D.C. last week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that conservatives must be willing to use power more aggressively against their opponents. He railed against district attorneys and other officials for not arresting teachers who violate new state laws that restrict teaching on race, gender, and sexuality.
Miller, an architect of the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies, has been promising MAGA activists that if Trump returns to the White House, he “will unleash the vast arsenal of federal powers to implement the most spectacular migration crackdown.” Miller’s America First Legal group is part of the far-right Project 2025, which has prepared a battle plan for the movement to “take the reins of government” in a new Trump administration. The Heritage Foundation, ringleader of the Project 2025 scheme, was at CPAC recruiting foot soldiers willing to carry out the plan.
In a recent article for Political Research Associates’ “The Public Eye” magazine, I noted that Project 2025 reflected a “movement-level, ideological shift away from a libertarian mistrust of government power and toward an authoritarian view of government power being used ruthlessly—whether as a righteous force wielded to advance a ‘biblical worldview’ or turned against an ‘administrative state’ supposedly captured by a radical Marxist left.”
Miller provided ample confirmation about the MAGA movement’s intentions, down to his dismissal of libertarianism as “a terrible ideology” that might be fine for academic debates but not in the real world, where he said public officials have a responsibility to “defeat evil.”
Excerpts from Miller’s appearance on a Friday, Feb. 23 CPAC panel:
Call it a mental illness, call it a spiritual failing, call it a moral deficiency, call it weakness, softness, or just being pathetic. There is something really broken in the conservative brain. They’re afraid not only of conflict, we know that. But there’s an even deeper fear, a deeper fear than all that, which is having power, and using power. Conservatives are addicted to the language of libertarianism, which is fine–you know, it’s a terrible ideology, but in an academic setting, okay, have these debates. …
You elect a state supreme court justice, you elect an Attorney General, and so on and so forth, to have an office with specific powers, duties, and responsibilities, with the expectation that they will use that authority to defeat evil, to protect the good, and to accomplish positive change in society. And you have to use that power fearlessly. …
A number of states, for example, have passed laws, saying that you can’t have this in the curriculum, or you can’t have that in the curriculum, and you can’t teach DEI and so on and so forth. Without exception, I can promise you, all the commies in the classroom changed the name of their lecture, changed one word, changed one little paragraph in the syllabus and did the exact same damn thing every single day because they’re communists and that’s what they do. Were they sued? No! Were they arrested if they broke a law and it’s applicable? No! Did any D.A. anywhere, if you’re talking about trans issues, think of arresting somebody for abusing children with trans ideology? No, we write blog posts about it. That’s what we do. So until we get serious, all the way down to the local DA, all the way up to the state A/G. and every office in between, including judges, electing people who have power and will use that power and measure their success by change in the real world, then we aren’t going to be able to beat the left.
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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