Michelle Obama's Other Big Message: It's in the Necklace

Her 'vote' necklace goes viral as she encourages people to turn out in person
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2020 11:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michelle Obama took plenty of pointed jabs at President Trump Monday night, and he took notice. But another aspect of the former first lady's speech for the Democratic National Convention is generating lots of attention—and it involves her words and her necklace. Coverage:

  • The message: Obama's tweaking of Trump with the phrase "it is what it is" made headlines, but Ian Millhiser of Vox thinks a different set of five words were the most important of her speech. It was when she encouraged Democrats to vote "in person if we can." This is a "subtle but important shift in the party's messaging," writes Millhiser. With doubts surfacing about mail-in ballots, Obama encouraged Democrats to get out in person. "We have got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our masks, pack a brown bag dinner and maybe breakfast, too," she said, per NPR, "because we've got to be willing to stand in line all night if we have to." Those who do cast ballots by mail should return them early, she added.

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