Michelle Obama addressed the United States with a moving closing argument regarding this year's presidential election.
The former First Lady released a 24-minute recorded speech yesterday, urging Americans to not just register to vote but to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president. During her address, Obama eloquently but fervently critiqued the Trump administration's governing of the United States over the last four years including the mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and downplaying the nation's ongoing racial reckoning.
"We can no longer pretend that we don't know exactly who and what this president stands for. Search your hearts, and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it," she declared, referencing Trump in signature fashion, refusing to state his name when not needed.
Obama's most notable mention, however, was her unabashed calling out of the president's notoriously racist gaslighting of Black, Brown, and Asian communities throughout his four years in office, and how the president has abused his white privilege to ignite unrest across the country.
"Think about it: You've worked hard all your life, and for too long, you've watched the rich get richer … you've seen your beloved towns shattered by joblessness … and it's frustrating to hear some folks say that you've been the beneficiary of privilege, that the colour of your skin gives you a head start," stated Obama. "But right now, the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them. They're stoking fears about Black and Brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation. … It's morally wrong, and, yes, it is racist."
Obama also acknowledged how the federal government's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has affected the nation, especially when it comes to American households and families.
"If you're a parent like me, you're feeling the consequences of this president's failure to take this pandemic seriously, from his constant downplaying of the importance of masks and social distancing to his relentless pressure on schools to open without offering a clear plan or meaningful support to keep students and teachers safe," she said.
"Our daughters are in college now, and luckily, they're taking classes from home this semester. But in just a few weeks since schools have resumed, many of their friends who have returned to campus have either tested positive or are living with someone who has," continued Obama, mentioning Sasha and Malia Obama. "As a mom, it is frightening thinking about all these young people who were just our babies yesterday quarantined alone in dorms or apartments with little or no support as the disease continues to spread. … Imagine the toll that worry is taking on families across this country."
Toward the end of her address, she described a possible Biden presidency as a needed "fresh start."
"We don't have the luxury to assume that things are going to turn out okay," said Obama, referencing Americans who may be disillusioned with the voting process. "Work like this may not feel as impactful as attending a protest, but trust me, it is absolutely the most important thing that we can do right now to save our democracy."
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