Ex-White House staffer: 'This is the real Michelle Obama'

Cheryl Sanders
October 15, 2016

Michelle Obama said Thursday she has been "shaken" to the core by comments that GOP Republican nominee Donald Trump made in which he is heard on a 2005 tape bragging about assaulting women because he is famous.

The speech was an uncharacteristically direct attack from the first lady, who said she eschewed her "normal campaign speech" because it would have been "dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream".

The First Lady urged New Hampshire women to get out the vote on November 8th.

Trump called the election a "moment of reckoning as a society and as a civilization itself", and he issued an exhortation to his followers to overturn the current order.

"And I have to tell you that I listen to all of this and I feel it so personally, and I'm sure that many of you do, too, particularly the women".

"I could not be prouder of her", the President said Friday.

Trump has dismissed an audio recording made in 2005 by an "Access Hollywood" crew where he can be talking about women in crude, sexual terms as "locker room talk".

"These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false", Trump said at a rally in Florida. "It has shaken me to my core in a way I could not have predicted".

"The men that you and I know don't treat women this way". It's about basic human decency.

Occupied with work on Air Force One when the speech aired live Thursday, President Barack Obama later watched a video of his wife's remarks on a long limo ride in Pittsburgh.

"This wasn't just a "lewd-conversation". "This wasn't just locker room banter". This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were anxious about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.

When Obama had finished, Trump came out to thunderous applause, a sign that the support among his most loyal backers has not slackened in the face of the hot-mic video, the latest allegations against him, and the turmoil in his campaign and in the Republican Party.

"Last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women", Obama said. It's not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season.

"If you vote for someone other than Hillary or if you don't vote at all then you are helping to elect her opponent", Obama said. "No woman deserves to be treated this way - none of us deserves this kind of abuse".

Clinton praised the first lady's support during a campaign event in San Francisco. "I simply will not repeat anything here today". And like us, these men are anxious about the impact this election is having on our boys who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man. And we can not let this pessimism, this dark and divisive and risky vision in America take hold in anybody's heart.

As Obama put it so perfectly, "we're hearing these exact same things every day of the campaign trail".

Click through the slideshow above for M'Obama's most mobilizing quotes from her powerful, emotional, and vitally important speech yesterday at Southern New Hampshire University.

"She was pretty good", he joked. "This is the nominee you get". To improve your gene pool. "I know it is a campaign, but this is isn't about politics". "It takes a lot of courage to come forward".

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