Michelle Obama

Inauguration Day in Photos: Trump Supporters Take to Mall, Protesters Light Up Streets
Jan. 20, 2017 as seen by Roll Call's photographers

People gather on the National Mall on Friday morning. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As thousands gathered on the West Front of the Capitol to witness the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, protesters attempted to block entrances to the mall and parade route and some caused damage to property in downtown D.C.

White House Watch: Campaigner in Chief

Michelle Obama Cuts Ads for McGinty in Pennsylvania Senate Race
Democrats bring out heavy-hitters in crucial race for control of the Senate

First lady Michelle Obama makes a pitch for Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty, who is challenging Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee)

Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty is getting some help from first lady Michelle Obama in her race against Sen. Pat Toomey.

Obama cut two ads for McGinty, paid by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as both parties pour money into a race that could determine control of the Senate in the next Congress.

White House Watch: ‘Big Guns’ Set to Hit Campaign Trail

The Three Less-Noticed DNC Speeches Most Likely to Help Clinton Win
Each of them highlighted a Trump vulnerability

Pennsylvania delegate Cherelle Parker, center, cheers for Michelle Obama on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — As anyone who has caught the DNC on television knows, this, even more than the RNC in Cleveland, has already been one unconventional nominating convention, with some boos for the nominee and a couple of “Knock it off!” remonstrations from the podium.  

Some of the early speeches soared , like Michelle Obama’s when she said, “Don’t let anyone tell you this country isn’t great.” (And thanks, Mrs. O, for inspiring my 20-year-old daughter to notice that you refrained from being “mean about Melania” Trump’s speech that borrowed from your own, when that would have been so easy but so unnecessary: “I’m going to remember,” my daughter said, ‘When they go low, we go high .'")  

Michelle Obama's Full Convention Speech

Michelle Obama: Hillary's Secret Campaign-Trail Weapon?
First lady prods Sanders' supporters, attacks Trump in final convention speech

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night in Philadelphia. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Michelle Obama has been called the president’s secret weapon. On Monday night, she was Hillary Clinton ’s.  

Until the first lady took the stage, the Democratic National Convention’s opening night mostly had been defined by episodic jeering from supporters of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s primary foe, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. But Obama’s passionate endorsement of Clinton and jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump were met with thunderous applause.  

Michelle Obama, a Unifying Force in Philadelphia
First lady's address praising Clinton, vilifying Trump met with rousing cheers

First lady Michelle Obama participates in an event with future college students in the East Room at the White House July 19, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama gave a rousing endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday, proving to be the most unifying force so far at the Democratic convention.  

The first lady’s remarks about family, her experiences in the White House, her vision for the presidency and her pride at a women nominee for president, brought the delegates to their feet in Philadelphia.  

Michelle Obama: Star of the RNC and, Perhaps, the DNC
First lady could be peacemaker in troubled Democratic Party

First lady Michelle Obama has the campaign touch and ability to connect with voters that could benefit Hillary Clinton this fall, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — When you want to put on a memorable show, you cast a superstar to get it started. Was anyone surprised to see a Michelle Obama speech scheduled for Monday, Day One of the Democratic National Convention?  

Without even attending the convention the Republicans just wrapped up in Cleveland, the first lady found a way to dominate in the most visible way possible; her words anchored the prime time speech of Melania Trump. Like many women of all political persuasions I’ve interviewed through two terms of President Barack Obama and his family in the White House, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump found inspiration and something relatable in Michelle Obama.