Michelle Obama Addresses Birtherism In First Campaign Speech

obamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail Friday, addressing the “birther” issue head on to a chorus of boos at a rally in Fairfax, Virginia.

In 2008, she recalled, “people had all kinds of questions about what kind of president Barack would be. Things like, ‘Does he understand us?’ ‘Will he protect us?’ And then of course there were those who question and continue to question, for the past eight years, up through this very day, whether my husband was even born in this country.”

She went on to explain that voters should demand a presidential candidate who takes the job seriously.

“When you’re making life or death, war or peace decisions, a president can’t just pop off,” she said.

She continued, “The presidency doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are. And the same thing is true of a presidential campaign. So if a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fears, and lies on the trail, if a candidate has no clear plans to achieve their goals, if they disrespect their fellow citizens who made extraordinary sacrifices for our country, let me tell you: That is who they are.”

You can watch a segment of the speech above, via CNN.

Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.

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