Michelle Obama IS America
Michelle Obama absolutely floored me. That was one of the most inspiring, uplifting, honest, thoughtful and needed speeches I have ever heard.
She wasn’t wagging her finger at America because slaves built the White House, she was waiving the flag of American greatness that someone that looked like her and her family could be living in it and her husband could be the president of the country.
She never asked once for the people who say awful things about her husband to stop, she didn’t say his name when she talked about having to explain to her children about what a “birther” is, she didn’t stand on the podium and admonish those who questioned her families religious integrity.
She told us that despite that non-stop chorus of lunacy from half of the country she told her children to rise above it. They don’t stoop to that level- when they go low, we go high.
She was speaking not only for her family and their values, but of the America that she knows and loves. An America that elected her black husband named Barack Hussein Obama to the highest office of the land twice. It may have been framed as a personal testimony to being a mother and a family in the White House, but it was a message for the country.
She said despite: “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” we have persevered and we have overcome. And while we still have a long way to go, the path to righteousness hasn’t changed just because we are a divided country.
This wasn’t just a speech for black women, black children, black families, but a speech for America. Because she IS America. Her family is the living embodiment of what it means to pursue and realize the American Dream. And she stated so eloquently how she is passing those same ideals down to her daughters no matter how much those young girls hear otherwise. Don’t listen to those fools who think your father was born in another country or is a secret Muslim or sympathizes with terrorists and cop killers. Those people are NOT what America is about.
What America is about is that first family, under immense pressure to never, ever have a misstep or mistake, modeling what it means to be an American family. Full of class, dignity, wisdom, fortitude and virtue. And even though that home was built by enslaved people who could have been them just 200 years ago, it is their home.
Don’t let anyone tell you differently, Michelle Obama showed us what America is about. And if we can continue to “go high when they go low” we will continue our quest to make this already great country, greater.