Michelle Obama hails Hillary as only qualified US presidential candidate
"In this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the US, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton," she said
Michelle Obama has hailed presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the only person who she believes truly qualified to be the President of the United States.
The US First Lady called Hillary Clinton as someone who did not get “angry or disillusioned” when she lost the Democratic presidential nomination eight years before.
Delivering an heartfelt speech in support of Hillary on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, saying she trusts Hillary is truly qualified to shape America’s children for the next four or eight years as she cast this election in the context of family values.
"Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life," Michelle Obama said at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state's largest city.
"I want someone with proven strength ... someone who understands that the issues a President faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters," ABC News quoted the First Lady as saying.
Hillary, "has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling", Michelle added.
The First Lady said she "trusts and believes" the former Secretary of State was truly qualified to shape "America's children for the next four or eight years", Politico reported.
November's election isn't Republican versus Democrat, Michelle said.
"It is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives," Politico quoted her as saying.
"I am with you tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the US, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton."
She went on to praise Hillary's resiliency after the bitter primary in 2008, one that had similar levels of heat as this year's battle between the former First Lady and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
"When she did not win the nomination eight years ago, she did not get angry or disillusioned," Politico reported citing Michelle as saying.
"Hillary did not pack up and go home because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own disappointment."
Michelle, who took to the stage to Hillary's campaign music - "Brave" by Sara Bareilles - cast Hillary as a lifelong fighter who has spent decades trying to improve the lives of others while implicitly rebuking her rival, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
She touted Hillary's experience fighting for children with disabilities as a young lawyer, pushing for health care when she was the First Lady herself and child care as a New York senator, Politico said.
Without restating the message the Hillary campaign has been pushing against Trump, she also suggested the real estate mogul lacked the temperament to be commander in chief, ridiculing his Twitter tendencies and "thin skin" without ever mentioning his name.
Michelle described the next President she wants to see in the White House as a uniter who would not pit divisions of people against each other because "we are always stronger together", Politico added.
Before she concluded her speech, Michelle delivered a message unmistakably delivered at the billionaire businessman.
"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," Politico quoted the First Lady as saying.
The DNC, which opened on Monday night, will last until Thursday evening.
Delegates from 50 states on Tuesday will officially select Hillary as the first female presidential nominee of one of the country's two biggest parties.
Hillary will formally accept the nomination on Thursday evening with a speech closing out the convention after being introduced to the assembled delegates by her daughter Chelsea.