Michelle Obama's Speech at the 2016 DNC

Many political pundits and speech critics claim that Michelle Obama's speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention was the most powerful and stirring. Here are 50 words that contributed to the power of that speech.
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  1. convention
    a large formal assembly
    You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president.
  2. character
    attributes that determine one's moral and ethical actions
    Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?
  3. conviction
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
    Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?
  4. decency
    the quality of conforming to rules of propriety and morality
    Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?
  5. grace
    a disposition to kindness and compassion
    Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?
  6. trait
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
    Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?
  7. poised
    in full control of your faculties
    And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.
  8. journey
    the act of traveling from one place to another
    And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.
  9. foundation
    the basis on which something is grounded
    See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them.
  10. experience
    the content of observation or participation in an event
    See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them.
  11. protect
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
  12. challenge
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
  13. urge
    force or impel in an indicated direction
    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
  14. ignore
    refuse to acknowledge
    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
  15. citizenship
    membership in a state with rights and duties
    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
  16. faith
    a strong belief in a divine power or powers
    That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
  17. insist
    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge
    How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.
  18. language
    communication by word of mouth
    How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.
  19. figure
    a well-known or notable person
    How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.
  20. bully
    a person who is habitually domineering or cruel to others
    How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.
  21. stoop
    debase oneself morally
    How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.
  22. level
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
    How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.
  23. motto
    a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.
  24. utter
    express in speech
    With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.
  25. role
    the actions and activities assigned to a person or group
    We as parents are their most important role models.
  26. model
    someone worthy of imitation
    We as parents are their most important role models.
  27. report
    an essay, especially one written as an assignment
    And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country, kids who tell us I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.
  28. wonder
    be amazed at
    Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours?
  29. election
    vote to select the winner of a position or political office
    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.
  30. trust
    have confidence or faith in
    And 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.
  31. responsibility
    the social force that binds you to a course of action
    And 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.
  32. qualified
    meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task
    And 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.
  33. devotion
    commitment to some purpose
    See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection…
  34. nation
    a politically organized body of people under a government
    See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection…
  35. champion
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    …but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.
  36. advocate
    speak, plead, or argue in favor of
    advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s health care as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.
  37. disillusioned
    freed from false ideas
    And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.
  38. beloved
    dearly loved
    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 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.
  39. crisis
    a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
    And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other.
  40. volunteer
    a person who performs work done by choice
    That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.
  41. creed
    any system of principles or beliefs
    Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.
  42. donate
    give to a charity or good cause
    People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.
  43. generation
    group of genetically related organisms in a line of descent
    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 needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
  44. bondage
    the state of being under the control of another person
    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 needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
  45. servitude
    state of subjection to an owner or master
    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 needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
  46. segregation
    the act of keeping apart
    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 needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
  47. strive
    attempt by employing effort
    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 needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.
  48. cynical
    believing the worst of human nature and motives
    We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical.
  49. passion
    a strong feeling or emotion
    We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!
  50. elect
    choose by a vote for an office or membership
    We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!

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