By: Elena Grace Flores
Michelle Obama’s speech during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention was so heartfelt and gracious thus getting praises from both the Democrats and Republicans including Donald Trump because all her comments against the opposing side also bring America together.
However Fox News historian Bill O’Reilly wanted to have clarification with regards to the line below:
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Obama said. “And I watch my daughters—two beautiful, intelligent, black young women—playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
O’Reilly was fascinated by Obama’s “referring to the evolution of America in a positive way.” But he then proceeded to fact-check her statement in a way that appeared to excuse the US government’s use of slave labor.
“Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802,” he said. “However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it?”
After all, what seemed to be the worst criticism on Michelle Obama’s 2016 Democratic National Convention address is really not bad at all, just adding a bit of facts and opinion. Even the negative mentions in her speech bring back American nationalism, who can criticize that?