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Good evening, everyone. It's a hard time and everyone's feeling it in different ways.


And I know a lot of folks are reluctant to tune in to a political convention right now or to politics in general. Believe me, I get that.


But I am here tonight because I love this country with all my heart. And it pains me to see so many people hurting. I've met so many of you. I've heard your stories. And through you, I have seen this country's promise. And thanks to so many who came before me, thanks to their toil and sweat and blood, I've been able to live that promise myself. That's the story of America. All those folks who sacrificed and overcame so much in their own times because they wanted something more, something better for their kids.


There's a lot of beauty in that story, there's a lot of pain in it, too, a lot of struggle and injustice and work left to do. And who we choose as our president in this election will determine whether or not we honor that struggle and chip away at that injustice and keep alive the very possibility of finishing that work.


I am one of a handful of people living today who have seen firsthand the immense weight and awesome power of the presidency. And let me once again tell you this. The job is hard. It requires clear headed judgment, a mastery of complex and competing issues, a devotion to facts and history, a moral compass and an ability to listen, and an abiding belief that each of the three hundred and thirty million lives in this country has meaning and worth. A president's words have the power to move markets, they can start wars or broker peace, they can summon our better angels or awaken our worst instincts, you simply cannot fake your way through this job.


As I said before, being president doesn't change who you are. It reveals who you are. Well. A presidential election can reveal who we are two and four years ago, too many people chose to believe that their votes didn't matter.


Maybe they were fed up. Maybe they thought the outcome wouldn't be close.


Maybe the barriers felt too steep. Whatever the reason.


In the end, those choices sent someone to the Oval Office who lost the national popular vote by nearly three million votes in one of the states that determine the outcome.


The winning margin averaged out to just two votes per precinct, two votes. And we've all been living with the consequences. When my husband left office with Joe Biden at his side, we had a record breaking stretch of job creation, we'd secured the right to health care for 20 million people. We were respected around the world, rallying our allies to confront climate change, and our leaders had worked hand in hand with scientists to help prevent an Ebola outbreak from becoming a global pandemic.


Four years later, the state of this nation is very different. More than one hundred and fifty thousand people have died and our economy is in shambles because of a virus that this president downplayed for too long.


It has left millions of people jobless, too many have lost their health care to many are struggling to take care of basic necessities like food and rent. Too many communities have been left in the lurch to grapple with whether and how to open our schools safely.


Internationally, we've turned our back not just on agreements forged by my husband, but on alliances championed by presidents like Reagan and Eisenhower. And here at home, as George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, and a never ending list of innocent people of color continue to be murdered, stating the simple fact that a black life matters is still met with derision from the nation's highest office. Because whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy.


Empathy, that's something I've been thinking a lot about lately, the ability to walk in someone else's shoes, the recognition that someone else's experience has value to most of us, practice without a second thought if we see someone suffering or struggling.


We don't stand in judgment.


We reach out because there. But for the grace of God, go I. It is not a hard concept to grasp. It's what we teach our children, unlike so many of you, Barack and I have tried our best to instill in our girls a strong moral foundation to carry forward the values that our parents and grandparents poured into us.


But right now, kids in this country are seeing what happens when we stop requiring empathy of one another.


They're looking around, wondering if we've been lying to them this whole time about who we are and what we truly value.


They see people shouting in grocery stores unwilling to wear a mask to keep us all safe. They see people calling the police on, folks minding their own business just because of the color of their skin. They see an entitlement that says only certain people belong here, that greed is good and winning is everything, because as long as you come out on top, it doesn't matter what happens to everyone else.


And they see what happens when that lack of empathy is ginned up into outright disdain, they see our leaders labeling fellow citizens enemies of the state while emboldening torch bearing white supremacists. They watched in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages and pepper spray and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protesters for photo op. Sadly, this is the America that is on display for the next generation. A nation that's underperforming not simply on matters of policy, but on matters of character.


And that's not just disappointing, it's downright infuriating. Because I know the goodness and the grace that is out there in households and neighborhoods all across this nation, and I know that regardless of our race, age, religion or politics, when we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what's going on in this country is just not right.


This is not who we want to be. So what do we do now? What's our strategy? Over the past four years, a lot of people have asked me when others are going solo, does going high, I still really work. My answer. Going high is the only thing that works because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that's drowning out everything else.


We degrade ourselves.


We degrade the very causes for which we fight. But let's be clear, going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty, going high means taking the harder path. It means scraping and claw on our way to that mountaintop. Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we've got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences.


And going high means unlocking the shackles of lies and mistrust with the only thing that can truly set us free. The cold, hard truth. So let me be as honest a clear as I possibly can, Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, 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. Now, understand that my message won't be heard by some people. We live in a nation that is deeply divided, and I am a black woman speaking at the Democratic convention. But enough of, you know, me by now. You know that I tell you exactly what I'm feeling, you know, I hate politics, but you also know that I care about this nation.


You know how much I care about all of our children. So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can and they will. If we don't make a change in this election, if we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.


I know Joe, he is a profoundly decent man, guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president. He knows what it takes to rescue and autonomy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country. And he listens. He will tell the truth and trust science. He will make smart plans and manage a good team, and he will govern as someone who's lived a life that the rest of us can recognize.


When he was a kid, Joe's father lost his job. When he was a young senator, Joe lost his wife and his baby daughter and when he was vice president, he lost his beloved son. So Joe knows the anguish of sitting at a table with an empty chair, which is why he gives his time so freely to grieving parents.


Joe knows what it's like to struggle, which is why he gives his personal phone number to kids overcoming a stutter of their own. His life is a testament to getting back up and he is going to channel that same grit and passion to pick us all up to help us heal and guide us forward. Now, Joe is not perfect, and he'd be the first to tell you that, but there is no perfect candidate, no perfect president and his ability to learn and grow.


We find in that the kind of humility and maturity that so many of us yearn for right now.


Because Joe Biden has served this nation his entire life without ever losing sight of who he is, more than that, he has never lost sight of who we are, all of us. Joe Biden wants all of our kids to go to a good school, see a doctor when they're sick, live on a healthy planet, and he's got plans to make all of that happen.


Joe Biden wants all of our kids, no matter what they look like, to be able to walk out the door without worrying about being harassed or arrested or killed.


He wants all of our kids to be able to go to a movie or a math class without being afraid of getting shot.


He wants all our kids to grow up with leaders who won't just serve themselves and their wealthy peers, but will provide a safety net for people facing hard times.


And if we want a chance to pursue any of these goals, any of these most basic requirements for a functioning society, we have to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored.


Because right now, folks who know they cannot win fair and square at the ballot box are doing everything they can to stop us from voting.


They're closing down polling places in minority neighborhoods. They're purging voter rolls. They're sending people out to intimidate voters, and they're lying about the security of our ballots.


These tactics are not new, but this is not the time to withhold our votes in protest or play games with candidates who have no chance of winning.


We have got to vote like we did in 2008 and 2012.


We've got to show up with the same level of passion and hope for Joe Biden. We've got a vote early in person, if we can. We've got a request, our mail in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately and follow up to make sure they're received and then make sure our friends and families do the same.


We have got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our mask, pack a brown bag, dinner and maybe breakfast, too, because we've got to be willing to stand in line all night if we have to.


Look, we have already sacrificed so much this year. So many of you are already going that extra mile, even when you're exhausted, you're mustering up unimaginable courage to put on those scrubs and give our loved ones a fighting chance. Even when you're anxious, you're delivering those packages, stocking those shelves and doing all that essential work so that all of us can keep moving forward.


Even when it all feels so overwhelming. Working parents are somehow piecing it all together without child care. Teachers are getting creative so that our kids can still learn and grow. Our young people are desperately fighting to pursue their dreams. And when the horrors of systemic racism shook our country and our consciences, millions of Americans of every age, every background rose up to march for each other, crying out for justice and progress. 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.


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Let's begin with what we have just witnessed. My friends Rachel Maddow, Nicole Wallace, Joy Reid remain.


Rachel, starting with you, with the caveat, nothing is normal, your observations on night one, I would just like to see that Michelle Obama's speech all over again.


I am I have a little bit of attention deficit when it comes to taped things. And I pay attention to the production values. And this is weird. It's off putting and everything, and it's it's hard enough to kind of get in the groove. And Michelle, Michelle Obama started talking and it was like like a moment passed and it was over. She is absolutely riveting, as is this format in some ways. I mean, there's a lot of good moments.


I thought Kristen or Kisa, who spoke about her father dying of covid, was an unbelievable moment, that 20, 20 candidates talking about endorsing Biden and what he meant to them even as they competed against him, Klobuchar, Kazik, Doug Jones, they were all very good. But Michelle Obama, just nobody else like her. There's no other public figure like her in the world. And that 18 some odd minutes that she just spoke about the country and about President Trump and about Joe Biden, let me be as honest and as clear as I possibly can.


Donald Trump is the wrong person for our country has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job. But he's 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. You could imagine those words coming from anybody and they would be coming from Michelle Obama. It means something qualitatively different. I thought that was just just a riveting speech.


Nicole Wallace, I think that she said something that the only thing she said that I'm not sure I buy is she said, I'm a black woman speaking at a Democratic convention. I know some people might not listen to me. I think she might be wrong. I think every parent in America heard what she said. And it was it was it was like being scolded by the good cop parent. Right. You know, we know she's right and maybe we'll do something different.


And if you slice this evening this way, if you take Kazik, Meg Whitman and Susan Molinari, they're not the speeches that are going to generate headlines or soundbites. But if you peel off and you remember that everybody's home and Fox News dipped in and out, but they did take John Kasich, I'm pretty sure they did take Michelle Obama. And if you look at what they are saying, you take the substance of what she said and you play that in every living room in America.


I'm not sure we know what we don't know about what happens next. Yeah, I mean, here, here, and I just second and third, everything that was said here, riveting. Michelle Obama is riveting, was riveting. One of the best speeches I've heard or given I've heard of give many speeches. It was it was brilliant in that it wasn't really personal about Donald Trump. It was simply saying this is a really difficult job being president.


It's hard and he's just not capable of doing it. He's just not up to the job. It is what it is. Right. I mean, she literally said this job requires you to navigate America's image in the world. Look at our image in the world. They're looking at us and wondering what happened to us. Who in the hell are we? They're looking at us and saying maybe America is incapable. She said, we are underperforming. You know, this is a business buzzword that's going to get under Donald Trump's skin.


But that is what we're doing. We in the world after World War Two were the fulcrum of democracy in the world. And now we are a country that is pitted. So it wasn't personal. She said, listen, nothing against you, Donald Trump, but this job is too hard for you. That is a great case for an exhaustion election, because there are a lot of people who may think they like Donald Trump for whatever reason, but maybe he's just not good at this, you know, I mean, that's that's the message that he's just not good.


And when she said, if you think if you if you take one thing from my words today after she said you just pointed out, Nicole, that maybe there are people who can't hear me who can't listen to me tonight. She said, if you take one thing from my word tonight, it is this. And I thought it was going to be something about like Soul of America, like, I don't know, scariest moment of the night. If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can and they will if we don't make a change in this election.


Michelle Obama does not talk like that. Yeah, that's for her to have said that after saying, like, listen, whether or not you can hear me, I need to tell you something. Having seen the presidency up close in my my my heart dropped about four inches of my chest. I mean, we did. We all got scared. We all got very quiet. We were very quiet. But here's the thing. Is she also, Brian and you'll appreciate this, she delivered APIC Qaid.


Yeah, it is what it is, was the line that Donald Trump had about deaths and every single death, every single American life lost in this pandemic is the destruction of an entire family unit of a universe, of a community, of a school. If it was a teacher of a hospital, if it was a doctor. So for her to throw that back at him was elegant but epic. She well, and she also made this case for back when in 2008, when Barack Obama was running, Republicans tried to accuse her of not loving the country.


She may be loving case for change. She said, I love the country. And what I love about it is our capacity to be good. You know, so she was the she was the scolding of which was also the good mom. She was like, I'm telling you all, you can do better than this. I know you can do better. And that is a message that actually might break through. Because the point is, again, everyone knows that the catastrophe.


Right. Everyone admits it's a catastrophe. The question is, does the person who's currently president have the capacity to lift us out of it and have the capacity to turn it around? She said, I've been near the president. I've worked with Joe Biden. I've seen people who can do this. This man can't do it. And if he can't do it, it's going to get much worse for all of us. It is a really strong message.


It helps Joe Biden. But I have to say the part where she said, I don't like politics. I'm not even here. Can I even like politics? I'm here because I'm trying to say this is this is come with me if you want to live. And I don't like politics, but let me give you very specific instructions about what needs to happen here. Right. In a way that was a very unformed first lady turn in the speech, she said, we have got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our masks, pack a brown bag, dinner and maybe breakfast, too, because we have got to be willing to stand in line all night if we have to.


We have got to vote early in person if we can. We've got to request our mail in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately and follow up to make sure they're received. Make sure our friends and families do the same. I mean, her spelling it out like that, literally calling for people to do stuff so people and people are doing it because that's Michelle Obama saying it. That is how a bat is, how pastors the Sunday before the election are going to sound.


She preached a word tonight, and I'm pretty sure everyone was silent listening to that in their living rooms and sitting up straight. And she began speaking.


Yeah, I mean, we are we are all goofballs in the whole night. We're all going to did it at an all time. And then Michelle Obama talking. We all like those three minutes. Well, and Bri, the other point is that there is nobody on the Republican side and certainly nobody available to Donald Trump that will do anything close to what she just did. Anybody. And, you know, just the one other thing in there that, you know, there was a lot of sort of back and forth about how how much diversity was going to be there.


Were there going to be enough? And people there, you know, the inclusion factor, somebody tweeted, it's not an original thought, but just seeing the the just raw diversity of everyone who spoke tonight. Just seeing that and realizing that that is the America that Biden inherits, that's what they're fighting for. That's a that's what people are fighting for, that this is future America. It'll be interesting to contrast that when it's the Republican's turn because they're not going be able to reproduce that, you know, even the musical performances, the culture was actually was actually part of the convention.


And the culture is so distant from what Republicans and what Trump has become, they can't reproduce that. And they sure as hell don't have a Michelle Obama. Well, they could have Clint Eastwood yell at a child. That was a very that was a deep down. If you don't sell them, they can just roll the tape. Let someone someone's got that rack. So, Brian, we're breaking down here.


I just I just looked up your point about Clint Eastwood talking to a chair that's been done.


It turns out everybody up in the box. I've been thinking too far outside the box. Get back in the box. A couple of years back. Apparently, you could have Googled it, but the task fell to me. Thank you, friends. Thank you. We get to do this again tomorrow night. Rachel Maddow, Nicole Wallace, Joy Reid.


Hey, everyone. It's mainly MSNBC correspondent and host of the podcast Into America. The presidential election is less than three months away. So this week went into America. We're looking at some of the biggest factors at play as Americans get ready to vote. Black women are one of the most important voting blocs for the Democratic Party, but they face decades of exclusion at the polls. This week marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment. So we're looking at the role of black women in the suffrage movement then and now.


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