Monday, July 25, 2016

Michelle Obama Joins Forces With Her Predecessor (and Former Adversary) - nytimes

PHILADELPHIA — They began as adversaries, with Michelle Obama often fuming about what she viewed as brutal, unfair attacks by Hillary Clintonon her husband during the 2008 primary campaign.

Those grievances have faded, though the two have never spent much time in each other’s company — they and their husbands last dined together at the White House in 2013 — and friends do not describe the two women as close.

But their fates have become increasingly intertwined. Much of President Obama’s legacy rests on America choosing Mrs. Clinton as his successor. And for that to happen, 

Mrs. Clinton will need the kind of public affirmation from the White House that no one can convey more forcefully than the first lady.

Delivering one of the most stirring speeches Monday night at theDemocratic National Convention before a sea of delegates waving purple signs that read “Michelle,” she urged the party to do for Mrs. Clinton what they did for her husband.

“When crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together,” Mrs. Obama said. “I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president Hillary Clinton will be.”

The first lady said Americans must choose a president who will be a good role model for children, with the power to “shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.”

“Our friend Hillary Clinton,” she said, is the only candidate in the race she trusted with that responsibility.

In her speech, Mrs. Obama roused the convention hall into a frenzy by denouncing Donald J. Trump without ever using his name. She mocked his frequent use of Twitter, called him thin-skinned and questioned whether he has any real knowledge of policy. - More 

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