US President Barack Obama hailed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as the most deserving presidential candidate ever in US history. Obama said this while addressing the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
“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,” Obama said to the crowds.
“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. But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions,” he said.
“She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, the soldier, and the veteran. Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”
Even as he urged supporters to vote for Hillary, Obama did not hold back from attacking the Republican nominee, the controversial real estate tycoon Donald Trump.
Obama said that Trump would lose his bet on “selling fear” and scaring people.
“He (Trump) is not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated,” Obama lashed out.
According to Obama, the choice before Americans in the November presidential election between Clinton and Trump is not even close.
“She’s worked closely with our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military. And she has the judgment, the experience, and the temperament to meet the threat from terrorism. It’s not new to her,” he said in praise of his former Under Secretary of State.
“Our troops have pounded ISIL without mercy, taking out leaders, taking back territory. I know Hillary won’t relent until ISIL is destroyed. She’ll finish the job and she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. She is fit to be the next Commander-in-Chief,” he asserted.
The third day of the convention also saw Vice President Joe Biden making an emotional valedictory speech and Clinton’s running mate Virginia Senator Tim Kaine formally being nominated as the vice presidential candidate.
(With inputs from agencies)