Viewers can watch Michelle Obama’s DNC speech live online and see if the first lady can infuse a bit of energy to a convention already filled with controversy.
The first lady will be featured during the opening day of the convention that also includes Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and runner-up Bernie Sanders in prime-time speaking slots. The convention is seen as a pivotal moment for Hillary Clinton, who is looking for a measure of party unity after a difficult primary and a series of controversies in the past few weeks.
Full streaming video of Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech can be seen in the embedded video below. She is scheduled to speak on Monday evening, with the speech expected to start between 9:15 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m ET.
The convention was supposed to be a boon for Clinton, but instead, it comes at what may be a low point for her campaign. The month of July started with the FBI delivering a stinging assessment of Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server during her time as the secretary of state. Although the bureau ultimately decided not to recommend an indictment against Clinton, director James Comey noted that Clinton was “extremely careless.”
Just as the FBI story was fading, the Democratic Party was rocked by another email scandal. This week, WikiLeaks published close to 20,000 emails from the DNC showing party officials appearing to work against the campaign of Bernie Sanders.
The stories have all converged just as the Democratic National Convention has started, increasing the pressure on the party and on Clinton. Those who watch Michelle Obama’s DNC speech live online could see an important moment, as the first lady remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party and could potentially give a major boost to Clinton.
“I’m glad that she was selected to speak on the first night, the opening night of a historic convention,” said Donna Brazile, the longtime Democratic strategist (via the Washington Post). “The country trusts her. People know she’s authentic and will be honest, and [they] want to know what she thinks.”
Monday’s speech will also be a bit of a change for Michelle Obama. Although she is involved in a number of key projects, including efforts to promote healthier food options in America’s schools and increasing opportunities for girls to be educated around the globe, she has largely avoided participating in partisan politics.
The speech will be a full endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and it will also tie her campaign to Barack Obama’s popular administration. Obama’s approval rating has now climbed over 50 percent, and a connection to Obama is seen as a major boost for Clinton.
“She is there, in part, to be a coda and also to be a bridge,” said Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University (via the Washington Post). “She’s there to wrap up the Obama administration and provide a transition to what a Clinton presidency could be.”
This will be the second time that Michelle Obama has been in the spotlight in the past week, though the last time was not of her own doing. On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, delivered a speech that contained passages lifted directly from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
After spending close to two days denying that the speech was plagiarized, Trump’s campaign pinned the blame on a staffer named Meredith McIver. She offered to resign after the flap, but her resignation was reportedly rejected by Donald Trump.
Those who want to watch Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech live online can also find full video at the DNC’s official website.
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