Michelle Obama will give Joe Biden her blessing from the $11.75 million seven-bedroom Martha’s Vineyard home she and Barack bought last year.
The former first lady’s appearance was taped last week to make sure things went smoothly on the first night of the Democratic Convention.
Michelle is likely to be one of the most-watched speakers of the whole convention – if not the most watched, ensuring the events launch with a bang on Monday, despite the unconventional virtual set up this year.
Bernie Sanders will speak directly before Michelle, introducing one of the most famous Democrats in America, next to her husband former President Barack Obama, who will be the main event on Wednesday night.
The widely popular 56-year-old taped her speech from her sprawling Massachusetts home, which was purchased last December after she and Obama fell in love with the property after summering there previously.
Other than big name politicians and political figures, Monday’s convention events will also feature musical performances from Maggie Rogers and Leon Bridges.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, once a 2020 Democratic primary rival against Biden, will be among the first speakers to kick off the convention with remarks Monday night.
Klobuchar told CNN that her speech will focus ‘the fact that we have such unity in our party and that we are unified behind Joe Biden, who is someone that’s going to bring competence, his compassion to the White House.’
Also speaking Monday are New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is likely to focus on Trump’s short coming in response to the coronavirus pandemic; Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who was once considered a top contender to become Biden’s running mate and House Majority Whip Representative Jim Clyburn.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto; 2020 Convention Chairman and Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson; Wisconsin Representative Gwen Moore and Alabama Senator Senator Doug Jones will also make virtual remarks.
There are fewer prime time opportunities available after the convention was shrunk to eight hours over four nights. Additionally, none of them will address an arena full of cheering delegates after organizers decided to scrap any travel to Milwaukee due to the coronavirus. Speeches will be made virtually.
Biden will accept the Democratic nomination for president during a speech in his home state of Delaware and skip the party’s convention in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Michelle delivering her speech at home speech is also likely because of the pandemic.
The 29 acres of beachfront property had previously been owned by Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
The house was originally listed for $14,850,000 but TMZ reports the Obamas managed to obtain a huge discount and secured the 6,900sq ft home for $11.75 million.
The enormous property has a swimming pool, outdoor fire pit and vaulted ceilings.
The are also two wings which run from the main house which is perfect to host guests.
Outdoors, the land comes with its own private beach, a boathouse and has plenty of land if the Obamas were hoping to expand.
This February, local paper MV Times reported the Obamas were doing some renovations according to a public notice.
The project ‘involves the construction of an addition to an existing boathouse/gym, the enlargement of patios, the construction of a firepit, and related landscaping and site improvements.’
‘It’s a remarkable home on an absolutely gorgeous setting,’ listing agent Tom Wallace previously said ‘privacy is a key feature of the property.
‘It certainly has the capacity to expand to more of a compound. One could build two additional full-size properties if one wanted to create a generational meeting place’ he added.
The home is on the edge of Edgartown Great Pond, with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
It features predominantly white interiors but is surrounded by emerald-green lawns.
Michelle and Barack will have a lot of space to relax, as the master bedroom opens up to a sundeck, while their daughters will have plenty of room to enjoy long summer breaks there.
Malia, 22, is currently studying at Harvard University, while Sasha, 19, has just Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C.
The couple appeared to fall in love with the mansion in 2018 when they were renting it for their summer vacation.
That same year, the Obamas sold their summer home on the island for $15 million. They are no strangers to the island having spent seven summers there while Barack was President.
The Obamas won’t be the first Presidential family to buy up on the Massachusetts Island.
Jackie Kennedy-Onassis kept a home there until her death in 1994, and the summer resort was popular with the whole Kennedy dynasty.