Democratic convention Day 1: Boos, tears and one scene-stealing speech

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By Joanna Gill
Democratic convention Day 1: Boos, tears and one scene-stealing speech

With a revolt on her hands, Hillary Clinton brought out the big guns at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.

The first lady Michelle Obama (FLOTUS)delivered a scene-stealing speech to unite the party, after a campaign blighted by character assassinations.

“I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters. A president who truly believes in the vision that our founders put forth all those years ago: That we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story. And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s why, in this election, I’m with her.”

FLOTUS even managed a dig at Donald Trump.

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on earth,” she said.

The speech in full

Bernie or bust

Though everyone could agree on Michelle’s powerful speech, the same couldn’t be said about the choice of candidate. Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to accept Clinton.

“I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children, for women and for the disabled. Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her tonight.”

It is unclear whether his words were enough to stifle dissent, or whether Hillary will face a barrage of boos when she takes to the stage on Thursday.

Reactions to Michelle’s speech

President Obama gushed over his wife’s speech, tweeting, “Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn’t be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.”

Others chose to make a joke at Melania Trump’s expense.