we cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical

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if you’ve been on the internet in the last 12 hours, you already know that michelle obama slayed last night at the dnc. her speeches will go down in history as one of the best dnc speeches…ever. while i watched live last night, on the verge of tears, i knew that this was something special. this morning, i found myself rereading the transcript and fully realizing how important these words are.

Here are some of the most inspirational parts of her speech:

“That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.”

“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.”

“And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

“And when she did not win the nomination eight years ago, she did not get angry or disillusioned. Hillary did not pack up and go home because … Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own disappointment. She proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe. There were moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being [torn] apart for how she looked, or how she talked, or even how she laughed.”

“In this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best, we cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. Hear me: Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of passion into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America.”

 

 

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