In 2016, when first lady Michelle Obama spoke on the Democratic National Convention’s opening night, she didn’t mention then-candidate Donald Trump by name.
That year, in front of a cheering crowd, Obama described the president’s role in setting an example and charting the future for America’s children. She said Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, understood that the presidency is “about leaving something better for our kids.”
She also fended off attacks on her family from Trump and his allies. “Our motto is: When they go low, we go high,” Obama said to applause.
This year, there was no live audience to clap as Obama spoke during the convention’s opening night again. Her remarks were pre-taped, a function of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 170,000 Americans.