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In a rousing speech that both bolstered Hillary Clinton’s qualifications and served as a comprehensive Obama administration history, President Barack Obama endorsed the Democratic nominee while assuring America that it was a strong, united union.
“You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. 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,” Obama said. “But Hillary’s been in the room. She’s been part of those decisions.”
In a cheeky moment, the president also told the crowd that nobody, not even Bill Clinton, was more qualified to run the country.
“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,” Obama said. “I hope you don’t mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man.”
This is a developing story.
According to Bloomberg, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the president burned the midnight oil last night to prepare his speech.
Mr. Obama’s comments will focus on Hillary Clinton’s “judgment, toughness, and intellect,” Bloomberg reported. He will also discuss the accomplishments of his administration — particularly the economic recovery.
The president will also talk about his efforts to change America’s image in the world, which Clinton contributed to as his secretary of state.
While the president’s goal is to rally support for Clinton, his legacy looms large in the background, NPR writes. So Mr. Obama will likely defend his presidency and make a case for continuing similar policies under a Hillary Clinton administration.
The president could also “provide the missing link” that the Democratic nominee needs, NPR suggests. While Clinton has tons of policies and programs, her campaign lacks a simple unifying message like “hope and change,” which inspired voters eight years ago and carried Mr. Obama into the White House.