Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention on Monday was met with cheering, weeping, and a huge wave of praise on Twitter.
The first lady’s words were profound and moving as she applauded the progress made for women’s rights in America and voiced her support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
She said that Clinton “has the grace and the guts to keep coming back and put cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us with her.” Among the crowds in the arena in Philadelphia, former president Bill Clinton could be seen mouthing “wow”.
She went on, her voice cracking with emotion, to say: “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
On Twitter, President Obama wrote:
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 (@POTUS44) July 26, 2016
— KERRY (@aimhighsocial) July 26, 2016
I love #MichelleObama. That is all. ❤️❤️❤️
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) July 26, 2016
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 26, 2016
— Nil Köksal (@nilkoksalcbc) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama also said that the election of the first African American president, and now potentially the first female president, were testament to America’s progress.
She said: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
Watch the full speech below