Time: 12:01 a.m. CEST Update: 11:46 a.m. CEST
Even though President Barack Obama will remain at the White House as president until January 2017 and the inauguration of the new president of the United States, in tears Obama said he is ready to pass the baton to Clinton.
Obama talked to the delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the third day of the convention.
In the past years of his two mandates as a president despite the leading the country, he tried to unite Americans and bridge over some of the great divisions and partisanship.
Obama praised Democratic candidate for 2016 presidential elections Hillary Clinton as someone who deserves to continue on his legacy against, as he said, “homegrown demagogues.”
In his powerful speech at the convention, Obama openly confronted the opinion of the Republican Party candidate for president, Donald Trump, who claimed just recently, America is on the verge of the collapse.
Despite, Obama shared an optimistic view of America and pointed out that everyone who challenged the values of the american society will fail at the end.
“That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end,” Obama said.
The most emotional moment before the hug between him and Clinton at the Convention was his address where he called the voters to reject cynicism and fear.
In the recent months, during the primaries, Obama was outspoken after comment of the Republican presidential candidate Trump on the refugees, border and immigrants.
Obama promised his time to serve as a private citizen is coming and he would do his part after two presidential mandates driven with the motives for change and moving forward.
“Now I am ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen, so this year in this election, I am asking you to join me to reject cynicism and fear and to sum what is best in us to let Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.”
Tearful Obama offered gratitude for the two mandates and said,”Thank you for this incredible journey. Let’s keep going.”
President Barack Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where he pledged for the future of America with more optimism and hopeful tone. The White House issued an excerpt of the speech, several hours before the address happened.
Mark Knoller, a CBS News Radio White House correspondent tweeted with the excerpt of the Obama’s speech on Wednesday night, local time in Philadelphia.
“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is dissent and generous. Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from the factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten. Parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities we have,” Obama said to the convention delegates.
In the powerful moment when he endorsed the first woman candidate for presidential nomination, Obama explained even though Clinton made some “mistakes,” he passionately supports her in the way toward the White House.
“There has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States,” Obama said.
The President tried to portray Clinton as someone who knows “what is at stake in the decisions our government makes for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, the soldier and the veteran.”
As one of the super delegates at the convention, Obama endorsed personally Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for the presidential elections in November. The President encouraged voters to support Clinton on elections and to preserve his legacy.
The Vice President Josef Biden also had an vigorous and emotional speech at the convention pledging to the values of Americans to always stand on their feet, no mater circumstances. “We endure, we always move forward,” Biden said.
As Obama, Biden focused on the optimism and refuted to accept the ruling on premisses of fear. “Americans has never, never let they country down, never. Never! Ordinary people like us. We have great candidates before attempted to get elected by appealing to our fears, but they never succeeded. We do not scare easily,” Biden said.
The new candidate for the vice-presidential position, Tim Kaine talked to the audience in the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia as someone who is sharing a Jesuit high school motto – “Men for others,” the New York Times commented that part of the convention. Kaine spoke on Spanish during his address with the political slogan from Obama, “Si se puede” (“Yes, you can.”)