President Barack Obama took the stage at the boisterous 2016 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night to endorse Hillary Clinton as the woman who would finish the job he started eight years ago.
"I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," Obama said to a thundering applause, casting Clinton as the best possible guardian of his legacy.
“I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before,” Obama added to the chants of “Yes we can!”
Endorsing her as America’s best hope, POTUS touted Clinton’s political experience — something that her Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump, certainly lacks.
“Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office," Obama said. "You can read about it. You can study it. 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."
He reminded America that the country faces a “fundamental” question in November “about who we are as a people.” The president also warned against the "deeply pessimistic vision" of Republican Donald Trump and dismissed him as a “plans guy” instead of a “facts guy.”
“America is already great. America is already strong,” Obama declared. “And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”
When the crowd began booing Trump, Obama chastened them with, "Don't boo — vote.”
In his valedictory speech, which was both emotional and fiery, Obama not only passed the torch of optimism to Clinton, but also championed her as a tenacious nominee who has the right temperament and work ethic to guide the country as the next commander-in-chief.
“We're going to carry Hillary to victory this fall, because that's what the moment demands,” the president said in his speech, to much applause. “Yes we can. Not yes she can, not yes I can — yes we can.”
Here’s what Twitter had to say about the highly anticipated speech:
I'm for her but Obama will forever be my president.— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) July 28, 2016
I'm gonna miss Barack. Seriously. #DemsinPhilly— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 28, 2016
Watching this Obama speech like pic.twitter.com/BXilO3yWrt— Jimmy Tatro (@JimmyTatro) July 28, 2016
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