First Lady Michelle Obama sang Hillary Clinton's praises at a rally on Wednesday in Philadelphia

By Char Adams
September 28, 2016 03:15 PM
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Michelle Obama isn’t buying Donald Trump‘s attempt to put aside his birther crusade against her husband.

“There are those who question and continue to question for the past eight years whether my husband was even born in this country … hurtful, deceitful questions deliberately designed to undermine his presidency,” Obama, 52, said at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

“Questions that cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference,” said the First Lady. She did not name Trump, who, for at least five years, doggedly stoked questions about President Barack Obama‘s birthplace.

The president, born in Hawaii to an American mother and a father from Kenya, answered these questions by providing his verified short form birth certificate first in 2008 and his verified long form birth certificate again in 2011. But Trump then questioned the authenticity of those documents, in what critics saw as a racist pursuit.

With a single short sentence, the GOP nominee attempted to put the controversy to rest earlier this month when he stated at a Washington, D.C., press conference: “President Barack Obama was born in the United States – period.”

The First Lady seemed to take another swipe at 70-year-old Trump during the campaign event.

“We know that being president isn’t anything like reality TV. It is not an apprenticeship,” she said. “And it is not just about fiery speeches or insulting tweets. It’s about whether someone can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country.”

She added: “If you vote for someone other than Hillary or if you don’t vote at all, then you are helping to elect Hillary’s opponent.”

The First Lady didn’t spend too much time on the competition, though, and spoke passionately as she sang Clinton’s praises.

“Hillary is tough. And when she gets knocked down she doesn’t complain, she doesn’t cry foul. No, she gets back up. She comes back stronger for the people who need her most,” she said.

The First Lady added: “No one in our lifetime has ever had as much experience and exposure to the presidency. Not Barack, not Bill, nobody. And yes, she happens to be a woman.”