With the Republican convention in the rear view mirror, the Democrats kicked off their national convention Monday in Philadelphia. First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to address the crowd in Philly on Day 1 of the four-day event that will culminate with Hillary Clinton accepting the party's presidential nomination.
In a tumultuous time for the nation — amid a spate of mass shootings and police killings — Obama is expected to deliver a frank speech aimed at bridging divides.
"One of the great attributes about the first lady that we’ve always known, even when we were back in college, is her ability to inspire and be honest, and her candor," Rep. Terri Sewell, a Democrat from Alabama, told the Wall Street Journal. Sewell and Obama both attended Princeton University in New Jersey.
The hope is the first lady, a popular figure within the party, can bring together those who remain skeptical of Clinton, a divisive figure.
Wrote the Washington Post: "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."
An official familiar with the text of the first lady's speech told the Post it would praise Clinton's "character, temperament and experience" and mention that her career reflected ideals like "opportunity, equality, inclusion."
Obama, somewhat improbably, became a central figure during last week's Republican National convention when Melania Trump, wife of GOP nominee Donald Trump, seemingly plagiarized a chunk of the first lady's 2008 convention speech. It's unclear if she will address the incident in her speech Monday.
The first lady is scheduled to deliver the keynote address Monday, meaning it will likely start between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT. You can watch her speech over at the official Democratic National Convention page here or tune in to CBS's live stream network here. Twitter will feature the CBS stream, so you can hop over to the social network to watch there as well, even if you don't have an account.