Obama endorses Clinton as ‘optimistic choice’ for America’s future

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The two-term president rallied his party’s faithful at their national convention, offering a comprehensive endorsement of his first secretary of state as the one person uniquely qualified to succeed him.

“America is already great”, President Barack Obama proclaimed to delegates at the Democratic Convention in his speech that highlighted his accomplishments in office, attacked Donald Trump, and enthusiastically endorsed Hillary Clinton to be his successor.

Following former President Bill Clinton’s address a day earlier, they touted Hillary’s remarkable journey from young attorney and Arkansas governor’s wife to half of the two-for-one presidency that oversaw a booming economy, without mentioning the scandals; from NY lawmaker to defeated presidential hopeful; from America’s top diplomat to the first woman ever put forward by a major party for president.

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Focusing on November, Obama said: “It’s fair to say: this is not your typical election”. “Not really a facts guy, either”, he said of Trump. But I know what she’s passionate about.

Clinton came on stage after Obama’s speech, as if the president is her running mate.

“She’s been there for us, even if we haven’t always noticed”, Obama said Wednesday, imploring the country to elect the woman he defeated eight years ago. More than half said they had no opinion or hadn’t heard of him. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation recently concluded that she was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified material contained in her State Department emails, but that no criminal charges were warranted.

“The America I know is full of optimism and courage”, he said when discussing the hate he witnessed during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last weekend. No one is. Her critics on the right and the left have “caricatured” her and “accused (her) of everything you can imagine – and some things you can’t”.

“Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office”, he said.

So when Hillary watched Biden and Obama get that raucous reception, she had to be thinking: Is it too soon to toss out the “Change Maker”? “She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes”. “And then, there’s Donald Trump”, he said, earning boos from the packed convention center.

He painted Trump as an authoritarian, a self-proclaimed “savior” who isn’t.

“He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, and tells the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection”. “Well, America’s promises do not come with a price tag”. And to reject the candidacy of Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.

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Continuing about Trump, he said, “America is already great, America is already strong”.

Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Miller panned Democrats’ night in a statement, saying they “offered no solution for the problems facing America”.

A son of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Mr Biden appealed directly to the working class white voters drawn to Mr Trump’s populism, warning them against falling for false promises and exploitation of Americans’ anxieties. Other speakers include Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine.

“I thought it was very poignant that the president continued to talk about (how) we can not just vote at the presidential level”.