(cheers, applause) thank you all. thank you so much. you know, itâ€™s hard to believe that it hasbeen eight years since i first came to this convention to talk with you about why i thoughtmy husband should be president. (cheers, applause)remember how i told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace,the traits that weâ€™ve seen every day that heâ€™s served our country in the white house? (cheers, applause)i also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center ofour world.
and during our time in the white house, weâ€™vehad the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journeythat started soon after we arrived in washington. obama: when they set off for their first dayat their new school, i will never forget that winter morning as i watched our girls, just7 and 10 years old, pile into those black suvs with all those big men with guns. (laughter)and i saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing i could thinkwas, what have we done? (laughter)see, because at that moment i realized that our time in the white house would form thefoundation for who they would become and how
well we managed this experience could trulymake or break them. that is what barack and i think about everyday as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual lifein the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their fatherâ€™s citizenshipor faith. (cheers, applause)how we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on tv does not representthe true spirit of this country. (cheers, applause)how we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you donâ€™t stoop totheir level. no, our motto is, when they go low, we gohigh.
(cheers, applause)with every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. we as parents are their most important rolemodels. and let me tell you, barack and i take thatsame approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our wordsand actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country, kidswho tell us i saw you on tv, i wrote a report on you for school. kids like the little black boy who lookedup at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours?
and make no mistake about it, this novemberwhen we go to the polls that is what weâ€™re deciding, not democrat or republican, notleft or right. no, in this election and every election isabout who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight yearsof their lives. (cheers, applause)and i am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who i trust withthat responsibility, only one person who i believe is truly qualified to be presidentof the united states, and that is our friend hillary clinton. (cheers, applause)thatâ€™s right.
(cheers, applause)see, i trust hillary to lead this country because iâ€™ve seen her lifelong devotionto our nationâ€™s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfectionâ€¦ (cheers, applause)â€¦but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid thegangs, kids who wonder how theyâ€™ll ever afford college, kids whose parents donâ€™tspeak a word of english, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine whoand what they can be. you see, hillary has spent decades doing therelentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their livesâ€¦
(cheers, applause)â€¦advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for childrenâ€™shealth care as first lady, and for quality child care in the senate. and when she didnâ€™t win the nomination eightyears ago, she didnâ€™t get angry or disillusioned. (cheers, applause)hillary did not pack up and go home, because as a true public servant hillary knows thatthis is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments. (cheers, applause)so she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, travelingthe globe to keep our kids safe.
and look, there were plenty of moments whenhillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public servicewas too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how shetalks or even how she laughs. but hereâ€™s the thing. what i admire most about hillary is that shenever buckles under pressure. she never takes the easy way out. and hillary clinton has never quit on anythingin her life. (cheers, applause)and when i think about the kind of president that i want for my girls and all our children,thatâ€™s what i want.
obama: i want someone with the proven strengthto persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understandsthat the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled downto 140 characters. (cheers, applause)because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command,you canâ€™t make snap decisions. you canâ€™t have a thin skin or a tendencyto lash out. you need to be steady and measured and well-informed. (cheers, applause)i want a president with a record of public service, someone whose lifeâ€™s work showsour children that we donâ€™t chase form and
fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyonea chance to succeed. (cheers, applause)and we give back even when weâ€™re struggling ourselves because we know that there is alwayssomeone worse off. and there but for the grace of god go i.i want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a presidentwho truly believes in the vision that our founders put forth all those years ago thatwe are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great american story. (cheers, applause)and when crisis hits, we donâ€™t turn against each other.
no, we listen to each other, we lean on eachother, because we are always stronger together. (cheers, applause)and i am here tonight because i know that that is the kind of president that hillaryclinton will be. and thatâ€™s why in this election iâ€™m withher. (cheers, applause)you see, hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, itâ€™sabout leaving something better for our kids. thatâ€™s how weâ€™ve always moved this countryforward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coachthat team, to teach that sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.
(cheers, applause)heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passingdown those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in dallas who all desperatelywant to keep our children safe. (cheers, applause)people who lined up in orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, theirdaughter in that club. (cheers, applause)leaders like tim kaineâ€¦ (cheers, applause)â€¦who show our kids what decency and devotion look like. leaders like hillary clinton who has the gutsand the grace to keep coming back and putting
those cracks in that highest and hardest glassceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her. (cheers, applause)that is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight,the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude,the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what neededto be done so that today i wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. (cheers, applause)and i watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogson the white house lawn.
(cheers, applause)and because of hillary clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take forgranted that a woman can be president of the united states. (cheers, applause)so, look, so donâ€™t let anyone ever tell you that this country isnâ€™t great, thatsomehow we need to make it great again. because this right now is the greatest countryon earth! (cheers, applause) and as my daughters prepareto set out into the world, i want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader whois worthy of my girlsâ€™ promise and all our kidsâ€™ promise, a leader who will be guidedevery day by the love and hope and impossibly
big dreams that we all have for our children. so in this election, we cannot sit back andhope that everything works out for the best. we cannot afford to be tired or frustratedor cynical. no, hear me. between now and november, we need to do whatwe did eight years ago and four years ago. (cheers, applause)we need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour everylast ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electinghillary clinton as president of the united states of america!
(cheers, applause)so letâ€™s get to work. thank you all and god bless. (cheers, applause)