The president and his one-time rival turned friend shared a long
hug and paraded around the stage at the end of the night while Obama's
2008 campaign song, 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered,' blared over a
'America, you have vindicated that hope these past eight years.
And now I’m ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private
citizen,' he said. This year, in this election, I’m asking you to join
me – to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what’s best in us; to
elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and
show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.'
'She knows their dream is quintessentially American, and the
American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.'
'And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people
try to knock her down, she never, ever, quits.'
Obama also backed up Clinton's 'judgement' - which is evidenced
by her selection of Tim Kaine to be her vice president, he said.
'Tim Kaine is as good a man, as humble and as committed a public
servant as anybody that I know. I know his family. I love Anne. I love
their kids. He will be a great vice president,' Obama said, vouching for
the U.S. Senator.
Returning to Clinton, Obama said: 'Hillary has got her share of
critics. She has been caricatured by the right and by some on the left.
She has been accused of everything you can imagine - and some things
that you cannot. But she knows that’s what happens when you’re under a
microscope for 40 years.
Obama said: 'You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because
democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about “yes he will”,
It’s about “yes we can”. And we’re going to carry Hillary to victory
this fall, because that’s what the moment demands.'
And after a short wind-up he moved on to praising Hillary
Clinton, his 2008 rival and her level-headedness.
'You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval
Office. You can read about it. You can study it. But 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,'
Clinton is as prepared as she could possibly be, however, he
said. 'Hillary has been in the room; she’s been part of those
'That’s the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to
admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a
man or a woman – not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary
Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.'