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9 Michelle Obama Quotes From Her Speech In Manchester That Everyone Needs To Read


Michelle Obama stopped in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday to campaign for Hillary Clinton. But instead of discussing Clinton's policies, Obama couldn't ignore the elephant in the room: Republican candidate Donald Trump's lewd comments about women. Obama made a passionate speech criticizing Trump for his disrespect towards women. Here are some quotes from Michelle Obama's speech in Manchester that everyone needs to read.

Obama demonstrated how significant Trump's comments about women are by stating that "the measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls." She talked about having the pleasure of meeting and talking with young women at the White House celebrating the International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn. Yet amid these celebrations of empowerment for young women, a leaked recording of Trump's lewd comments about women have dominated the news.

"This has been a week of profound contrast," Mrs. Obama told the audience in Manchester.

Mrs. Obama spoke with so much emotion, her voice often shook during her speech. She stressed why everyone across the nation — not just women — has a right to be upset by Trump's treatment of women, and expressed her worries about what kind of role model he was setting for children. And she did all of this without mentioning Trump's name once. Here are her most memorable quotes:

1. "We have a candidate for president of the United States who over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning I simply will not repeat anything here today."

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: US first lady Michelle Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Lasalle University on September 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Obama spoke about what is at stake in November and urged Pennsylvanians to vote. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

2. "I can't stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted."

3. "This is not something that we can ignore. It's not something we can sweep under the rock. This was not just lewd conversation. This wasn't just locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking proudly and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women."

US First Lady Michelle Obama addresses delegates on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

4. "And so many have worked for so many years to work to end this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect and here we are in 2016 and we're hearing these exact same things on the campaign trail we are drowning in it."

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5. "Someone recently told me a story about their 6-year-old son who one day was watching the news and the little boy said out of the blue 'I think Hillary Clinton will be president.' And his mom said, 'Well why do you say that?' And this little six year old said 'Because the other guy called someone a piggy. You cannot be president if you call someone a piggy.' So even a six year old knows better."

6. "Too many are treating this as just another day's headline. As if our outrage is overblown or unwarranted. As if this is normal. Just politics as usual. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn't matter what party you belong to: Democrat, Republican, Independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way."

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US First Lady Michelle Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at George Mason University on September 16, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

7. "The men in my life do not talk about women like this, and I know that my family is not unusual. And to dismiss this as everyday locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere."

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama embraces President Barack Obama during an event to harvest the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House October 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Students from across the country were invited to help pull vegetables and greens from the garden which was established by the first lady in the spring of 2009. The garden is now a permanent feature on the White House grounds. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

8. "There is so much at stake in this election. The choice you make Nov. 8 could determine whether we have a president who treats people with respect or not."

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US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a panel discussion with Former First Lady Laura Bush at American University's conference, America's First Ladies: In Service to Our Nation at The National Archives September 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The conversation, moderated by Bob Woodruff, discussed the role of American First Ladies in supporting troops, veterans, and military families. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

9. "We deserve a president who can bring us together and bring out the very best in us. Hillary Clinton will be that president."

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: First lady Michelle Obama (L) listens to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the presentation ceremony of the International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. Ten women from around the world were presented with the awards during the sixth annual ceremony to recognize their courage and leadership. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

You can watch Mrs. Obama's amazing speech in full here.