Michelle Obama: 'Don’t Let Anyone Ever Tell You That This Country Isn’t Great'

Susan Jones | July 26, 2016 | 6:22am EDT
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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - Children who need protection. Bullies and "hateful language from public figures." A White House built by slaves. Black SUVS and big men with guns. Little faces pressed up against the window. And at the end of First lady Michelle Obama's speech, an admission that "right now, this is the greatest country on earth."

"[D]on’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth," she said.

Putting Malia and Sasha at the center of her speech, she said her children "are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world."

During Barack's two terms as president, she said, "We've had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.

"When they set off for their first day at their new school, I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns. And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, what have we done?"

"See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become, and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them. That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’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."

Mrs. Obama talked about the importance of setting a good example for children and not stooping to the level of "a bully."

She said the election is "about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives."

Mrs. Obama said the only person she trusts with that responsibility is Hillary Clinton, whom she described as a "champion" for children -- including "kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be."

Mrs. Obama listed the qualities she wants in a president -- including "someone who whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves; we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed."

Listing all the "heroes" who help and protect children, Mrs. Obama reached her emotional conclusion, saying that Hillary Clinton will lift "all of us along with her" as she breaks "that hardest glass ceiling."

"That is 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, but 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, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. 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.

"So, look, so don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth!"

On the campaign trail in 2008, Michelle Obama made waves when she said, "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

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