Go watch it. You may need to pause it a couple of times to get a tissue. I’m not ashamed to say that I did.
[Spoiler alerts] Notice that she got through it without once saying the name of Donald Trump and making only passing references to his campaign or its slogan. Notice also that she got through the speech by appealing not just to the better angels in America [h/t Tony Kushner] but by acknowledging that yes, we do have problems and deep divisions that cannot be resolved in one political campaign or election cycle but that they can be overcome.
Ms. Obama also made it very clear that she is aware of the fact that for whatever reason — the implication being that fearmongering by the Republicans works — this will be a close race and if we who believe in what the Democrats and progressives stand for don’t get out there and do something, it will be ours to lose.