Michelle Obama’s Democratic TKO

First Lady Michelle Obama did what no other individual has been able to do to Donald Trump: she knocked him out. It didn’t take all night for her to do it, either. In less than 20 minutes, Mrs. Obama connected with a couple of Mike Tyson uppercuts that put Trump on the ropes of delusion.

Like someone competing for a heavyweight title fight, only with the stakes a lot higher, Mrs. Obama gave Trump a good, old-fashioned butt-whipping. She went left, right, low and high in her intellectual takedown of the Republican presidential nominee.

In the prime time speech on the first day of the Democratic National Committee Convention (DNCC), Mrs. Obama showed us all that she isn’t afraid to mix it up with Trump or anyone else for that matter. She threw a couple of jabs that assuredly backed Trump up.

First Lady Michelle Obama at Day 1 of the Democratic National Committee Convention. Photo by Eric Schaff/DNCC
First Lady Michelle Obama at Day 1 of the Democratic National Committee Convention. Photo by Eric Schaff/DNCC

Moving like a prizefighter after the opening bell, Mrs. Obama wasted no time in going after the longtime businessman as she described how she and President Barack Obama talk to their two daughters about how to tune out the haters.

“We urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith,” Mrs. Obama said.

Shadow boxing never had it so good. Trump had been one of the larger figures to lead the birther movement against President Obama, questioning the Commander-in-Chief’s citizenship as an American.

Mrs. Obama gave Trump a lesson in humility. She took him to school on what dignity and class looks like. The bully got his fake tough guy card handed back to him by a lady. Mrs. Obama dissected Trump and his hate rhetoric the way Tyson would unmercifully pick apart his opponents in the ring.

“I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters,” said Mrs. Obama.

First Lady prepares to speak at the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention. Photo by Eric Schaff/DNCC
First Lady Michelle Obama prepares to speak at the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention. Photo by Eric Schaff/DNCC

Trump screams at people. Mrs. Obama gave a clinic on why pitch, tone and delivery changes the dynamics in the room during her powerful speech at the DNCC. Trump creates imagery of fear when he speaks. Mrs. Obama’s counterpunches of love and kindness offset Trump’s confrontational ways when she and President Obama tell their children to rise above the ugliness out in the world.

“We explain when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you do not stoop to their level. Our motto is when they go low, you go high,” she said.

If you weren’t moved by Mrs. Obama’s speech, then you must have a lot of wax in your ears. In Mrs. Obama, we saw a grandiose display of grace under fire. She proved eloquence matters. As she stumped for Hilary Clinton to become the next president of the United States, Mrs. Obama showed that substance still means something.

She then saved the haymakers for last, dropping one big punch after another at the conclusion of her speech. Mrs. Obama struck America at its racial nerve when she paid homage to the ancestors.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” said Mrs. Obama.

Powerful words by a powerful woman. She didn’t stop there. Mrs. Obama did what all great finishers do: she closed the deal. Sugar Ray Leonard was pretty good at it. Tyson was a master finisher. Ali was the best. Mrs. Obama gave Trump and the Republican Party, who have been running on the theme of “Make America Great Again,” a sharp rebuke to that message.

“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!”

Dennis J. Freeman
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