Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders endorse Hillary

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Philadelphia : First Lady Michelle Obama blows kisses after speaking to delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. AP/PTI

Philadelphia : First Lady Michelle Obama blows kisses after speaking to delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. AP/PTI

At the ongoing Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary’s one-time contender Bernie Sanders.

Michelle endorsed “friend” Hillary Clinton as the only one “truly qualified” to be the next US President even as she lashed out at Republican Donald Trump of being “thin-skinned” and taking “snap decisions” in a veiled attack.

Michelle made a passionate plea for the former secretary of state before thousands of delegates and members of the Democratic Party at its national convention. She urged everyone to make Hillary the first female president of the country.

“…Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States,” Michelle said.

“I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”

The four-day convention, which began on Monday will nominate Clinton as its presidential candidate. The 68-year- old former secretary of state will deliver her acceptance speech on Thursday, thus, becoming America’s first woman presidential candidate of a major political party.

Michelle also took potshots at Donald Trump without naming him. The First Lady appeared to be critical of the 70-year-old real estate tycoon .

Philadelphia : California delegates put hands on their chest during the national anthem during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. AP/PTI

Philadelphia : California delegates put hands on their chest during the national anthem during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. AP/PTI

“Make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives,” she said amid cheers and applause.

“We urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith,” Michelle said while attacking the real estate tycoon who had once questioned the birth of her husband US President Barack Obama.

“We insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country,” she said.

Having been a resident of the White House and seen Obama running the country for seven and half years, Michelle said when she thinks of “the kind of president that I want for my girls and all children,” it’s someone who takes the job seriously – “someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters”, in an allusion to Trump’s tweets.

“Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions,” she said, adding: “You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.”

Democrat Bernie Sanders too was all praise for Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight,” said the Senator from Vermont.

(With inputs from PTI)