Former First Lady Michelle Obama has a reputation for being the “Closer.” It is a moniker Mrs. Obama picked up on her husband’s presidential campaign trail. Her husband? Barack Obama, the first Black man to serve as President of the United States from 2008 to 2016.
After her speech on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in which she delivered a monstrously powerful speech in a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump, Mrs. Obama, who was the final speaker of the night, showed why she has earned that label.
While she made a very strong and believable pitch for Joe Biden to be president, Mrs. Obama unleashed a blistering and verbal takedown of an American president not seen or heard of from a former First Lady. Showing the usual class and dignity she always displays, Mrs. Obama tactfully and methodically dissected the Trump administration’s failure to grasp the seriousness of COVID-19 and its inability to deal with the race and cultural warfare the country is in the midst of.
That’s not all. Mrs. Obama also went on the offensive and talked about No. 45’s lack of empathy for common folk Americans and his determined efforts to suppress votes by trying to undermine the United States Postal Service. Mrs. Obama hit Trump low, high, and hard. On a night where women dominated the landscape with pointed references of endorsement for former Vice President Biden and a stern rejection of the Trump presidency, Mrs. Obama closed Day 1 with a gut-punch reality check to the current occupier of the Oval Office.
Flipping Trump’s own words on him, Mrs. Obama said “it is what it is.”
Watch Michelle Obama’s full speech here: