Hurwitz has written speeches for every 21st-century Democratic presidential nominee. She started her career in 1998 as an intern for then-vice president Al Gore. She worked on John Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential campaign, and then in 2007, Hurwitz started the election cycle as the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Hurwitz was behind Clinton’s famous 2008 concession speech, where she thanked her supporters for putting “18m cracks” in the “highest, hardest glass ceiling”.
The emails to Michelle Obama began flooding in minutes after she spoke out at an October rally in New Hampshire, her voice shaking, about Donald J. Trump’s treatment of women. Sexual assault victims recounted their trauma, fathers poured out anxieties about unhealthy influences on their sons, and a distraught parent agonized over how to explain rape to a 10-year-old.
For the first time in America’s history, women politicians are acting the most powerful surrogates for each other. Sisterhood is on the march. Down in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton stood on stage together at their first-ever joint campaign appearance.
US First Lady Michelle Obama has appeared for the first time during this presidential election race with Hillary Clinton, whom she called “my girl”. At a rally in the swing state of North Carolina, the former rivals heaped praise on each other’s commitment to public service, women and children. Mrs Obama said Mrs Clinton was the most prepared candidate for the presidency ever, including both their husbands.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times – October 13, 2016
Michelle Obama issued a deeply personal denunciation of Donald J. Trump on Thursday for his lewd comments about women, exhorting voters in scathing terms to reject his candidacy and the campaign’s increasingly vulgar tenor by backing Hillary Clinton as a matter of conscience.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times – September 11, 2016
Michelle Obama has bridled for years at the confines of life in the White House and has tried to steer clear of the partisan messiness that has consumed her husband and is fueling this year’s bare-knuckled presidential contest. But this week, Mrs. Obama will wade into the campaign fray on behalf of Hillary Clinton, putting her broad popularity and reputation for authenticity to work for a candidate who has suffered from a lack of both.
Today, the first lady is a fully evolved political superstar, hugely beloved within the Democratic Party and a force within popular culture. Handed a prime-time speaking spot at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, she has been tapped to serve as a crucial validator for Hillary Clinton among groups who may remain skeptical of the party’s nominee.