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If it was good enough for Barack . . .

Miami Herald Editorial Board

Donald Trump escorts his wife, Melania, from the convention stage after her speech Monday night. Parts of her remarks matched almost word for word first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Donald Trump escorts his wife, Melania, from the convention stage after her speech Monday night. Parts of her remarks matched almost word for word first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. AP

Dear Melania,

Nice speech! Stunning dress!

Should your husband find himself at a loss for words this week when he delivers his nomination acceptance speech — doubtful, but you never know — he’s free to include this:

“What is that American promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours — ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools, and new roads, and science, and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America, the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now.”

It’s just a bit of Barack’s acceptance speech in 2008. Tell Donald he’s free to cut and paste.

Love ya,

Michelle

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