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Michelle Obama, the wife of former President Barack Obama, gave a powerful speech on Monday night as she endorsed the Democrat’s Presidential candidate, Joe Biden. The former First Lady has been widely praised for her keynote speech but she has been accused of including “distortions and exaggerations” within it.
Brit Hume, a deeply conservative political commentator, accused Ms Obama of distorting the truth in parts of her speech – which was given virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said her remarks were “laced with distortions and exaggerations,” but added, “that’s what we expect in political rhetoric.”
Donna Brazile, a political strategist, also criticised the Former First Lady for not discussing Joe Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris.
She said: “I was a little bit concerned. She kept talking about Joe Biden, and she knows Joe Biden very well, but she also knows Kamala Harris, one of the first to endorse Barack Obama when he ran.
“So I was disappointed, but I just heard that perhaps she taped the speech before the announcement, but I am disappointed that we did not hear about Kamala Harris.
“The first black first lady of the United States did not mention the first black female ever to be on the major party ticket.
“I am a little disappointed that I did not hear that.”
But despite the criticism, the former First Lady has been hugely praised for her comments and even Mr Hume acknowledged it sent a powerful message.
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The political commentator admitted the speech was “very good”, “effective” and was likely to have the desired effect on the electorate.
Other conservative commentators also heaped praise on Ms Obama’s speech.
Dana Perino, the former press secretary of George W. Bush, said: “It’s very difficult to try to connect with an audience without an actual audience there with you, but she has the ability to connect with people through the screen.
“When you talk about authenticity, she has it in spades.
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“She has that voice, she has clarity, and she knows what she is out there wanting to do.
“She was trying to get everybody to really focus and then she had a call to action: Ask for your ballot tonight.
“I think that the DNC if they look over the course of the night, the first virtual convention of our history, they would say that Michelle Obama stuck the landing.”
Ms Obama’s speech was heavily critical of President Donald Trump, and accused the Republican of “chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy”.
She argued the President is incapable of leading the country during this moment of crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
She was especially frank about his lack of qualifications to hold the top job and said: “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.”
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