Michelle Obama appeared on the periphery of the GOP convention last week when Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a speech the current first lady made in 2008. Monday night, Obama took her own place in the spotlight at Philly's Wells Fargo Center, telling the crowd that Hillary Clinton is the only person she trusts to "have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives." As for Trump's cribbed speech, no mention from Obama. She also didn't mention Donald Trump by name, though her target was clear when she said: "When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, we don't stoop to their level," the AP reports. "When they go low, we go high," she said.
Obama praised Clinton for having the "guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through." The Guardian reports that she finished on a note strong enough to spur "Michelle 2020" speculation: "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dog on the White House lawn," she said. "And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States. So don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great. That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on Earth."