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Michelle Obama stirs Democrats with rousing speech backing Hillary Clinton

Mrs Obama asked the crowd to choose a president who would be a good role model for the nation’s children.

First lady Michelle Obama acknowledges the crowd after delivering remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, 25 July, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - US First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful speech that brought people at the Democratic National Convention to their feet, as she took some swipes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday.

In her speech, she asked the crowd to choose a president who would be a good role model for the nation's children.

She urged the party to show the same support and energy the way they did when her husband ascended to presidency.

"When crisis hits, we don't turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together. I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president Hillary Clinton will be. And that's why in this election, I'm with her."

Michelle Obama: "In this election, I'm with her"

Mrs Obama's speech was particularly influential on the night where deep divisions were on full display on a raucous first day of the Democratic National Convention, with Bernie Sanders portraying Hillary Clinton as a fellow soldier in his fight for economic equality while his supporters booed the mere mention of her name.

On a night designed to showcase party unity, Sanders' supporters repeatedly disrupted convention proceedings, chanting for him and jeering Clinton supporters.

But by the end of the night, Sanders, liberal favourite US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mrs Obama offered stirring endorsements of Clinton as the party tried to push through the discord and find common ground.

"Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight," Sanders said as his supporters and Clinton's offered competing chants.