Obama: No man or woman is more qualified than Hillary
President Obama expresses support for Clinton, says American’s greatness doesn’t depend on Trump.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday threw his support behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
In his remarks, Obama said “with confidence” that there isn’t another person more fit to be President than Clinton.
He began by recalling his first speech before the Democratic convention in 2004, and said he is “more optimistic than ever before” about America’s future.
The reason for the optimism, he said, is that the economy has recovered, job creation is healthy, health care is now an American right, because the U.S. is weaning from foreign oil, troops are coming home, and “we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.”
Obama also listed the Iran deal, the improvement of relations with Cuba, the Paris climate deal, student loans, consumer protection, combat veteran homelessness, and marriage equality as successful.
“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous. Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten. Parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities we have,” the President said.
“All that is real; we’re challenged to do better; to be better. But as I’ve traveled this country, through all fifty states; as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I’ve also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America. I see people working hard and starting businesses; people teaching kids and serving our country. I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, unconstrained by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be,” he added.
“That’s the America I know. And there is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, and has devoted her life to it; a mother and grandmother who’d do anything to help our children thrive; a leader with real plans to break down barriers, blast through glass ceilings, and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American – the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton,” said the President.
He recalled being Clinton’s rival for the Democratic nomination in 2008, adding, “We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary’s tough. Every time I thought I might have that race won, Hillary just came back stronger.”
“But after it was all over, I asked Hillary to join my team. She was a little surprised, but ultimately said yes – because she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us. And for four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, and her discipline. I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise or attention – that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion. I understood that after all these years, she has never forgotten just who she’s fighting for,” said Obama.
“You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. Until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war. But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions. She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, the soldier, and the veteran,” said Obama.
“Even in the middle of crisis,” continued Obama, “she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”
“That’s the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has
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