I was at a work function tonight, and so couldn’t watch live as Michelle Obama drop the mic in a beautiful speech that will be long remembered for its deceptively simple construction and heartfelt delivery. You should watch the whole thing, but here are some snippets:
How we urged them to ignore those who question their fatherâ€™s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.
That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, 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. And I watch my daughters â€” two beautiful intelligent black young women â€” play with the dog on the White House lawn.
Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country is not great. That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on Earth.
These words have special weight when one considers all the abuse the Obamas have taken these past eight years, not least from Donald Trump himself. Well done @FLOTUS. You are a class act.