First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election on Monday with a forceful, impassioned defence of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only candidate who can be trusted as a role model for the nation's children. She took numerous swipes at Republican Donald Trump, all without mentioning his name.
"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," Obama said on the opening night of the Democratic convention. "There is only one person I trust with that responsibility, only one person I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is Hillary Clinton."
The first lady was among a high-wattage line-up of speakers taking the stage, all but wiping away earlier tumult that had exposed deep tensions between Clinton supporters and those loyal to her primary opponent Bernie Sanders.
While Obama has often avoided overt politics during her nearly eight years in the White House, her frustration with Trump's rise was evident. She warned that the White House couldn't be in the hands of someone with "a thin skin or a tendency to lash out" or someone who tells voters the country can be great again.
"This right now, is the greatest country on earth," she said.
Predictably, Twitter went wild with memes, references and quotes. Here's our pick:
President Obama was effusive in his love for his wife
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 26, 2016
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) July 26, 2016
michelle come thruuuuuuuu pic.twitter.com/n1y84gLpXy
— Jaime Woo (@jaimewoo) July 26, 2016
MELANIA: Can we tell newspeppers dat she take dees speech from me?
DONALD: Honey, quiet. #DemsInPhilly
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 26, 2016
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) July 26, 2016
"I wish this was an episode of Scandal because at the end they would say, 'And Michelle is going to be Hillary's running mate!'" @candyfight
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) July 26, 2016
i can't wait for michelle obama to be president
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama / Michelle Obama 2016
— Jazmine Hughes (@jazzedloon) July 26, 2016
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) July 26, 2016
— B. Scott (@lovebscott) July 26, 2016
Being the next speaker after a Michelle Obama speech.... pic.twitter.com/RruVoMGCzn
— Peter Dunn (@PeteThePlanner) July 26, 2016
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) July 26, 2016
With inputs from AP
Published Date: Jul 26, 2016 08:47 AM | Updated Date: Jul 26, 2016 09:05 AM