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Michelle Obama pointed out the elephant in the White House


Michelle Obama at the DNC

Michelle Obama rocked the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (PBS Newshour/YouTube)

The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday with important speeches from Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, and Demi Lovato. But it was Michelle Obama who stole headlines with a racially-charged remark.

The First Lady started off describing her experience with raising children in the White House--and how she's had to help her daughters deal with the vitriol sometimes leveled at their father. That, she said, is what Americans should vote against in November:

"This election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives. And I am here 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 United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton."

Michelle continued on the same theme, saying she loves the America she lives in and trusts Hillary Clinton to safeguard it in the years to come.

Then, she brought up the sad reality of who built her home of the last eight years:

"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 dog on the White House lawn."

And that line didn't sit well with everyone, leading to this exchange on Twitter:

Here's her full speech. It's worth a listen:

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Michelle Obama pointed out the elephant in the White House

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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