On a night filled with raw, raucous enthusiasm and star power, the Democrats ended the third night of their national convention on a high note – President Obama’s speech in support of Hillary Clinton.
In typical Obama fashion, he commanded the room. The crowd of delegates at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, cheered and hollered as the President made his case for why his former Secretary of State needs to be our nation’s 45th president.
Perhaps the line of the night came when Obama said, “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.”
In an obvious appeal to disappointed Bernie Sanders’ supporters, the president reminded them, “That even when you’re 100 percent right, getting things done requires compromise.”
The President didn’t hold back on his criticism of Republicans and their presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
Talking about the Republican National Convention, Obama said, “ … what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican – and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems – just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.”
The President spoke after a well-received speech from Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary’s vice presidential pick, who followed Vice President Joe Biden’s rousing oratory.
But the highlight of the night? No, it did not have anything to do with speechmaking.
After President Obama ended his speech, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance onto the stage. What followed was a truly amazing moment… the two hugged each other very closely and when she pulled away, Hillary looked into Obama’s eyes with what can only be described as googly eyes. They then continued their close embrace, with Hillary resting her head on Obama’s chest.
What we say on that stage was what Obama had been talking about – American greatness. That the two former rivals, in pursuit of the common good, could morph into soulmates was inspirational.
Eyes can talk. What Hillary’s seemed to be expressing was how deeply thankful she was for the President’s complete and unqualified support.
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