Philadelphia, July 26: First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday (July 25) endorsed "friend" Hillary Clinton as the only one "truly qualified" to be the next US president and lashed out at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of being "thin-skinned" and taking "snap decisions" in a veiled attack. [Michelle Obama endorses Hillary Clinton]
Michelle, who made a passionate plea for the former secretary of state in front of thousands of delegates and members of the Democratic Party at its national convention here and hailed the power that having a first female president would bring to the country, was equally critical of Trump. [Read more on Republican Convention 2016]
Without naming him, the First Lady appeared to be critical of the 70-year-old real estate tycoon who once questioned the birth of her husband and US President Barack Obama. [Ted Cruz faces insult for not endorsing Trump at RNC]
"It's about who will shape our children in next four-eight years"
"Make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we're deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in 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," she said amid cheers and applause.
"We urge them to ignore those who question their father's citizenship or faith," she told delegates and a national television audience, in a clear reference to Trump's remarks targetting Obama.
"We insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country," she said, apparently referring to the new kind of standards in terms of lingo set in this year's campaign unlike of a US election.
Having been a resident of the White House and seen Obama running the country for seven and half years, Michelle said when she thinks of "the kind of president that I want for my girls and all children," it's someone who takes the job seriously---"someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters", in an allusion to Trump's tweets.
"Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can't make snap decisions," she said, adding: "You can't have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed."
California delegates pay respect
California delegates during the playing of the national anthem on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. AP/PTI
Hillary Clinton speaks at Charlotte
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, stands on stage with VFW Commander in Chief John Biedrzycki, second from right, after she speaks at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, Monday, July 25, 2016.
Hillary at Charlotte
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, Monday, July 25, 2016.AP/PTI
Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, on July 14. AP/PTI