First ladies getting it done — and making sure you vote.
Michelle Obama appeared alongside Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the first time on Thursday, sharing the stage with the Democratic presidential nominee at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Their speeches centered around encouraging residents of the state — as well as all Americans — to exercise their civic duty before and on Nov. 8.
Clinton took the podium first, championing the “most amazing first lady,” who previously stumped for the former secretary of state at the Democratic National Convention and in an emotional New Hampshire speech earlier this month.
“I believe everything we care about is at stake in this election, so you’ve got to vote,” said Clinton, 69.
Of her special surrogate, Clinton praised, “Michelle reminds us to work hard, stay true to our values, be good to one another and never ever stop fighting for what we believe in. She has spent eight years as our first lady, advocating for girls around the world to go to school and have the same opportunities as boys.”
“Seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than Michelle Obama?” Clinton asked. “Maybe it’s especially meaningful to me because I do know something about being first lady of the United States.”
Clinton held the position during her husband Bill Clinton‘s tenure as president from 1993-2001.
As in her passionate address earlier this month, Obama got emotional while speaking about the future of America, noting of her own involvement in the 2016 election, “It’s been unprecedented for a sitting first lady to be so actively engaged in a presidential campaign, and that may be true but what’s also true is that this is truly an unprecedented election and that’s why I’m out here.”
“First Ladies, we rock!” she later asserted, before getting down to business.
Obama, 52, said of Clinton, “We want a president who takes this job seriously and has the temperament and maturity to do it well. Someone who is steady, someone who we can trust with the nuclear codes because we want to go to sleep at night knowing that our kids and our country are safe … I would not be here lying to you, I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that president.”
She then, too, turned her message to voter turnout, telling the gathered crowd, “Hillary has done her job, now we need to do our job and get her elected president of the United States because here’s where I want to get real: If Hillary doesn’t win this election, that will be on us.”
Obama also shut down Donald Trump‘s recent claims that the election is rigged or pre-decided. “They are trying to get you to stay home, they are trying to convince you that the outcome has already been determined … voters decide who wins and who loses, period, end of story,” she said, further reminding the audience that, “Folks marched and protested for our right to vote. They endured beatings and jail time.”
Fighting back tears, Obama recalled her own family’s background, as well as Clinton’s, as examples that Americans can “work for” and “fight for” anything.
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“It’s a country where a girl like me from the Southside of Chicago, whose great-great grandfather was a slave, can go to the finest universities on earth,” she said. “A country where a biracial kid from Hawaii, the son of a single mother, can make it to the White House. A country where the daughter of an orphan can break that highest and hardest glass ceiling and become president of the United States. That is who we are.”
Declaring Clinton the most qualified presidential candidate in history, Obama told the crowd, “Yeah, that’s right. Hillary doesn’t play.”
It’s clear the first lady doesn’t either.