Among the rewarding moments from Michelle Obama’s keynote at the opening of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug 17, was her stinging indictment of the Trump, her way of getting under his skin and massaging the nation’s pressing issues. Unlike her husband, Michelle named her target, noting that “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country.
“He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job,” she added, “but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
And what it is was underscored by a succession of speakers, including Joe Biden’s main challenger during the primaries, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who during his remarks said, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Trump golfed.”
On Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, the barrage against Trump continued before the roll call arrived and moved Biden from the presumptive category to the party’s official presidential nominee with an overwhelming tally. When North Carolina pushed him over the required number he was brought up on the screen with his wife, Jill. “It is the honor of my life to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States of America,” he repeated again in a tweet.
“Congrats, Joe, I am very proud of you,” Barack Obama tweeted.
With 75 days until the election, the Democrats are keenly aware of the climb ahead, particularly with Trump resorting to every feasible and unfeasible tactic he can to upend the election if he loses, and that seems more certain with each poll.
Most problematic is the voting process itself with the mail-in vote troubled by the Trump administration and a scenario already in place to disrupt the U.S. Postal Service. Moreover, the possibility of his refusing to leave the White House if an eviction notice comes could precipitate a violent clash of forces.
These and other outcomes were addressed by the speakers at the convention and they represented a wide swath in gender, age, race, and ethnicity; from 30-year old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to former President Jimmy Carter at 95.
Folks are still raving about Michelle Obama’s necklace with “VOTE” attached, but more important were her words, which she concluded with:
“This is who we still are: compassionate, resilient, decent people whose fortunes are bound up with one another. And it is well past time for our leaders to once again reflect our truth. So, it is up to us to add our voices and our votes to the course of history, echoing heroes like John Lewis who said, ‘When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something.’ That is the truest form of empathy: not just feeling, but doing; not just for ourselves or our kids, but for everyone, for all our kids.”