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President Obama went to work using his magnificent oratorical skills and delivered for his legacy and the road ahead for America.
Speaking to the American people, the President told them that the American dream was something that no wall can contain.
The President debunked the notions that America is weak, or that the U.S. Military is a disaster. He went on to say that Trump was depicting a divided crime scene, offering fear and safety as long as we do things his way. Obama said that Trump will lose the election because he is selling the American people short. We don’t look to be ruled, he noted, and said America’s power comes from our capacity to shape our own destiny, quoting lines from the Declaration of Independence.
Talking about the woman he hopes to pass the baton of office to, President Obama said that she had made mistakes and that he has made mistakes — that happens when you are in public life, but he said there has never been a more qualified man or woman, not me, not Bill — nobody — to serve as President of the United States. He then waved in his direction and said “sorry Bill”.
Nothing, he said, prepares you for sitting at THAT desk. Hillary has been in the room. She knows what’s at stake in the decisions she makes. She listens to people, keeps her cool. She never ever quits. That is the Hillary I know, the President told the convention, America and the world on live stream.
Acknowledging the strong Bernie Sanders campaign, the President said he agreed with Sanders and his supporters and said they should hold “them” accountable until they get the job done.(He was not specific as to who “them” was) He said he had felt the “Bern.”
Right before closing, the President harked back to something he talked about in 2008. He told that convention about his grandparents who lived in Kansas. He said the were Scotch/Irish and mostly Republicans. He said they didn’t like show-offs, braggarts or bullies. They valued honesty, hard work, perseverance, responsibility, things that last. These values haven’t gone anywhere; they are as strong as ever — and live on in each of us. He said they were cherished by every party, race and faith. What makes us Americans and patriots is what’s in here — touching his heart. He went on to describe the diversity of American culture that unites us.
That’s why anyone who threatens our values — including Fascists, Communists, Jihadists or home grown demagogues — will always fail in the end.
The President told his audience that Americans don’t fear the future — they shape it and embrace it; as one people, we are stronger together than on our own. As one people, we are stronger together, he emphasized.
That’s what Hillary understands — this, fighter, stateswoman, mother and grandmother, public servant, this patriot — that’s the America she’s fighting for.”
He told fellow Democrats that they were the best organizers on the planet who picked him up, and used the internet to win his elections. Tonight he asked them to “do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me.” He said he was ready to pass the baton —Join me to elect Hillary Clinton Show the world. “Thank you for this incredible journey — Let’s keep it going,” the President concluded.
To view a transcript of the President’s prepared remarks, as provided by the White House press office, click HERE.
Then he joined Hillary Clinton, who walked out on stage to appear with the President — An image she expects to win her the election.
President Obama left the stage arm in arm with Hillary. While leaving the arena, he walked by Bill Clinton, who when asked what he thought of the President’s speech, replied “loved it.”
President Obama remained at the arena for 38 minutes after his speech, according to the White House press office. Air Force One was back at Joint Base One by 1:10 a.m. Thursday.
.— Caroll Lucas