Democratic convention: Michelle Obama says Trump ‘cannot meet this moment’

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, addresses the 2020 Democratic National Convention on opening night. (Photo courtesy of Democratic National Convention)

Former first lady Michelle Obama capped opening night of the Democratic National Convention by imploring Americans to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket she expects to correct the nation’s course. 

Tonight, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are expected to speak.

The Biden-Harris campaign said in a briefing that the roll call of delegates will feature a mixture of live feeds and recordings showcasing many spots around the country. 

Here are some highlight quotes from the first night. The full speeches are available here.

Former first lady Michelle Obama:

“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us…

“So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont

“This election is the most important in the modern history of this country. In response to the unprecedented crises we face, we need an unprecedented response — a movement, like never before, of people who are prepared to stand up and fight for democracy and decency — and against greed, oligarchy, and bigotry.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

“Now, more than ever, we need a president who will unite this country. We need a president who, in George Floyd’s memory, instead of using the Bible as a prop, will heed its words: to act justly. We need a president for the workers who’ve lost their jobs — because this administration is selling American workers out when we need to Buy American.”

Former Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio

“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times…

Many of us can’t imagine four more years going down this path, and that’s why I’m asking you to join with me in choosing a better way forward. I believe the best of America lies ahead, but only when we rediscover our shared belief in the United States of America, for our children’s future, which can be bright, hopeful, and inspired if we choose to make it so.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“Americans’ eyes have been opened, and we have seen in this crisis the truth: that government matters and leadership matters. And it determines whether we thrive and grow, or whether we live or die. 

“Now we need a leader as good as our people: a leader who appeals to the best within us, not the worst; a leader who can unify, not divide; a leader who can bring us up, not tear us down. I know that man. I’ve worked with that man. I’ve seen his talent. I’ve seen his strength. I’ve seen his pain, and I’ve seen his heart. That man is Joe Biden.”