Time: 4:45 p.m. CEST Update: July 6 12:30 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama appeared on the stage during the campaign rally with the presumptive Democratic nominee for the presidential elections Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, North Carolina, asking of the Democratic supporters to elect Clinton “as the next president of the United States.” Obama and Clinton arrived together with the Air Force One in Charlotte on the same day when the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that it would not recommend the charges for Clinton in the case of the use of private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
“I am here today, because I believe in Hillary Clinton,” Obama said, who explained the upcoming elections will be a choice “whether we would have America that works for everybody or just for few people.”
“You are going to have a very clear choice to make between two fundamental different visions of where America should go. And this not the choice between left and right, between Democrat or Republican. This is a choice between whether we are going to clean some imaginary past, or whether we are going to reach for the future,” Obama said.
This was the first together campaign in attempt to unite Democrats against the Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump. This was Obama’s first appearance with Clinton in a rally in which he said, he is “ready to pass the baton” to Hillary Clinton. “And I know Hillary Clinton is going to take it,” he said, speaking to thousands of supporters gathered at the Charlotte Convention Center. “There has never been any man or woman more qualified,” Obama said of Clinton, including himself in that group, “ever,” CBS News commented.
The presumptive candidate Clinton addressed the supporters at the Charlotte Convention Center from behind the presidential seal during the party campaign. President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton travel to North Carolina with the Air Force One,raised the question, not only by the Republican presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, but also in the media.
The Hill published the White House on Tuesday defend with the statement the use of Air Force One “presidential travel to political events.” Without giving the formula for the division of the costs, the White House said “the Democratic National Committee and other relevant political committees pay what’s necessary for the president to travel to political events on Air Force One, “ Bloomberg News reported.
The White House on Monday confirmed Obama and Clinton would travel together on Air Force One. The Associated Press says the presidents make all their airplane flights on Air Force One, no mater the purpose of the trip. But, political committees are required to add to the cost of a president’s campaign-related travel, the AP explains, although part of such costs is borne by taxpayers.
“As is the standard practice, the campaign will cover its portion of the costs,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, the AP publishes.
The AP’s Julie Pace writes after eight year when Hillary Clinton helped unite Democrats behind the campaign of Barack Obama, “he is returning the favor.” The appearance is in North Carolina, a state Democrats would like to have in their winning column in November, the AP explains.
Clinton chances to win will largely depend on her continuation of Obama’s legacy, but his legacy essentially depends of the outcome she would achieve. Clinton is promising a continuation in the area of the health care, immigration, financial reform and the environment. In his remarks, Obama “will act as a character witness for his former adviser, who is struggling to convince voters of her trustworthiness and honesty,” the AP says.
David Axelrod, the chief of the Obama’s race campaign in 2008 said, “I think he can be very helpful, particularly with Democratic voters and some independent voters who have doubts.” Clinton campaign adviser Jennifer Palmieri added, “as someone who was a former rival and came to put a lot of faith in her, we believe the president’s support for her is particularly meaningful to voters.”