Source: News Bharati English28 Jul 2016 12:51:19

Philadelphia, July 28: US President Barack Obama made his dominant presence at the Democratic national convention on Wednesday and raised his voice to support Hillary Clinton to become the President of United States.
About the onetime rival who became his secretary of state and whose election would burnish his legacy, Obama said, “There has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.

 

Obama offered an American ideal against that bill of particulars against Trump: “Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order. We don’t look to be ruled.” “She will finish the job — and she’ll do it without resorting to torture or banning entire religions from entering our country,” he added.

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"We're going to carry Hillary to victory this fall, because that's what the moment demands," he told delegates, adding, conspicuously, "Yes, we can. Obama’s absorption of Clinton into his own agenda, and his own legacy, mirrors what has happened at a personnel level.

Clinton’s campaign has enjoyed the support and staff of Obama’s past efforts. And in the clearest sign of Clinton’s allegiance to Obama to date, the campaign picked Tim Kaine, who was one of Obama’s first early endorsers in 2007, as her running mate.

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Along with his fulsome endorsement of Clinton, Obama offered a series of barbs for her opponent, departing from his usual practice and mentioning him by name a half-dozen times. “Donald Trump calls our military a disaster,” he said. “He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein.”

The president’s speech followed a lengthy list of speakers who engaged in an hours-long take-down of Trump. Vice President Joe Biden mocked Trump’s signature phrase from his reality television show to criticize him as having unbounded cynicism and lacking empathy and compassion.

“How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?”’ said Biden, 73. “He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break, that’s a bunch of malarkey.” While criticism of Trump was mostly implied during the first two days of the convention, most of Wednesday night’s speakers didn’t hold back from explicit attacks on the Republican nominee. America is already great,” the president insisted.

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“America is already strong.  And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.” It’s unusual for a retiring president to go on the offensive so bluntly and against one of the candidates running to succeed him. A traditionalist might consider it unbecoming. In 2008, for example, George W. Bush never talked that way about Barack Obama”.

“There were some people here who were starting to go through their 12 steps toward accepting Hillary Clinton as our nominee,” Brent Oleson, a Sanders delegate from Cedar Rapids Iowa, said in an interview. “This just ripped the Band Aid off and gave some people who were looking for an excuse or a reason not to support Hillary Clinton.

He said at the Republican convention last week, "there were no serious solutions to pressing problems — just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger and hate". The President praised Clinton for blasting through "glass ceilings" as the first woman presidential nominee from a major US political party, calling her the most qualified person ever to seek the White House.

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