Posted: 11:55 pm Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –
President Obama led the top ranks of the Democratic Party on Wednesday night in a full frontal assault on Donald Trump, ridiculing Trump’s world view, his interest in the well being of working Americans, and making the case that Hillary Clinton is the best choice for President in November.
“I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America,” Mr. Obama said to cheers.
In his speech, the President went back to 2008, when Clinton fought him tooth and nail for the Democratic nomination, arguing that she’s ready to bring that same grit to the Oval Office.
“I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise or attention – that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion,” the President said
As other Democrats did, Mr. Obama also zeroed in directly on Donald Trump, bluntly saying that the GOP nominee should not be elected.
“America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” the President said to cheers.
The President’s jabs at Trump were just one part of a broader assault on the GOP nominee; earlier, Vice President Joe Biden had eagerly led the attacks.
“He’s trying to tell us he care about the middle class? Give me a break,” Biden said to cheers. “That’s a bunch of malarkey.”
Sandwiched between the current President and Vice President, Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine mocked Trump, doing a running impression of the Republican nominee that delighted delegates.
“It’s gonna be great – believe me,” Kaine said in a Trump imitation.
“Does anyone in this massive auditorium believe that Donald Trump has been paying his fair share of taxes?” Kaine asked, as the crowd bellowed, “No!”
The evening ended with President Obama talking about being ready to “pass the baton” to Hillary Clinton – when he finished, the Democratic nominee joined him on stage.
Clinton will have the stage to herself on Thursday night.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.