Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been relatively quiet since leaving the White House in January 2017.
But with November’s crucial presidential election just months away, the former first lady has been appearing in public to deliver speeches with a simple message: vote President Donald Trump out of office.
During a YouTube address to the graduating class of 2020, Obama wasted little time making it political and citing the protests across the country following the death of George Floyd.
The former first lady urged young people to take a multi-faceted approach in their quest for social justice, The Hill reported.
“You deserve this celebration. Congratulations. This is an important time of transition. In light of the current state of our country, I struggle to find the right words of wisdom for you today,” Obama said.
“So I am here today to talk to you, not as the former first lady but as a real-life person, a mother, a mentor, a citizen concerned about your future and the future of our country because right now, all that superficial stuff of titles and positions, all of that has been stripped away,” she continued.
The former first lady then took another dig at Trump without mentioning his name.
“The foundation has been shaken. Not just by a pandemic that stole too many of our loved ones, upended our daily lives and sent tens of millions into unemployment but also by the rumbling of the age-old fault lines that our country was built on, the lines of race and power that are now once again so nakedly exposed for all of us to grapple with,” she said.
Obama then stressed, “It’s up to you to march hand in hand with your allies, to stand peacefully with dignity and purpose on the front lines in the fight for justice.”
That was a reference to the mass protests that have sprung up following the death of Floyd while in police custody late last month.
She then told the students to essentially take their anger to the ballot box in November, another not-so-subtle dig at Trump.
“Graduates, anger is a powerful force,” Obama said. “It can be a useful force, but left on its own, it will only corrode and destroy and sow chaos on the inside and out,” she said, also suggesting that those seeking change do more than just protest, but also engage “with plans and policies, with organizing and mobilizing and voting.”
She concluded her point by saying that “when anger is focused, when it’s channeled into something more, oh, that is the stuff that changes history.”
Two months ago, former President Barack Obama finally came forward and endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Biden will now need to pick a running mate and stunned a lot of people in late April when he mentioned Michelle Obama.
During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh, Biden said he would undoubtedly select Michelle Obama to be his running mate, though he admitted she likely does not want to jump back into politics anytime soon.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said when asked if he would add Obama to the ticket. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
Biden said he doubts she wants the job — but who knows at this point.