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Dispatch from Day 3: Pres. Obama Passes the Baton

Obama Hillary“And now I’m ready to pass the baton…”

It’s incredibly unique for a departing President of the United States to say those words. Last night, though, Barack Obama said them about the woman he always assumed and hoped would be his successor.

As I touched on yesterday, the President made legacy the central theme of his speech. Not just his legacy, but that of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton and America as well.

“We’re not a fragile people. We’re not a frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don’t look to be ruled,” he said before pointing out the legacy of the home of this year’s convention. “Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that We the People, can form a more perfect union.”

For the most part, the third day of the DNC was unified.

Save some protests from Sanders supporters, especially those in the California delegation, Tim Kaine was accepted unanimously as the VP nominee. Later those same delegates would disrupt Leon Panetta’s speech and “No TPP” signs could still be seen around the arena. Nonetheless, the audience was the most consistently enthusiastic that it has been this week.

Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine were received particularly warmly.

The night, however, belonged to President Obama.

In an impressive feat, he weaved his message into the American story.

To counter the narrative that America is in trouble or being lost he went back to his ancestors, Scotch-Irish on his mother’s side. He went on to describe how their values traveled over to Hawaii and Chicago through him, accepting new creeds yet always staying true.

Calling back to his 2004 DNC speech, (Wednesday was its 12th anniversary) he again pointed out how his story was just one example of what makes America the melting pot of the world.

“That is America,” he declared. “Those bonds of affection; that common creed. We don’t fear the future; we shape it. We embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own.”

Finally, the President didn’t let the man he once infamously termed a “carnival barker” off the hook.

“You know, the Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either,” the President stated. “Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice?”

“America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”

His most piercing shot, though, didn’t mention Trump by name.

“Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.”

17 Responses

  1. In just a couple days, the retard has admitted he is a troll and admitted that he is an unsuccessful loser (with no money). We are making progress here!!

  2. My family no longer has health insurance. It is unaffordable. I suppose I should be happy.

  3. You sound angry, sir. I will come back in November to see your head explode. Because there will be a Democrat in the White House for at least 4 more years. The Republicans made sure of that when they nominated Donald Trump. I am almost embarrassed for them. Almost. Because, primarily, I am disgusted. What I saw and heard in Cleveland made it worse.

  4. You sound angry, sir. I will come back in November to see your head explode. Because there will be a Democrat in the White House for at least 4 more years. The Republicans made sure of that when they nominated Donald Trump. I am almost embarrassed for them.

  5. Lies only matter to liberals when they’re on offense. And clearly there’s just one Democrat sycophant troll here with made up new names saying the most ridiculous things no one believes about Obama.

    Obama traveled the country and gave over a 100 speeches to live audiences and lied to every one of them. He knew his health agenda meant controlling peoples’ lives, as we’ve come to find out from his architect’s testimony. But, he said these things over and over because he thinks people are stupid and they need him to lie to them. He tells you what you want to hear and does what he wants. Know what that reminds me of…the Clinton Foundation. They say they fight for the environment, but defy environmentalists. They say they’re for human rights, but prop up despots. Why? Maybe it’s the millions in donations. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

  6. I agree with Jim J.

    The guy is just plain awesome. His healthcare initiate HS been a huge success. Even Republicans (smart ones) have stopped attacking it. And the President’s people are now calling it Obamacare too.

    It’s crazy to not support this man. He stands for everything America stands for – and then some!!


  7. Trustworthy is the last word to describe the Obama Presidency.

    -“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
    -“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
    -“The average family will save $2,500 a year.”
    -Admitted to lying to Congress and to reporters about what’s in the Iran deal.
    -No press conferences (because he’s a stuttering idiot without a teleprompter…his staff figured that out early)
    -A video caused Benghazi…

  8. Obama was brilliant last night. Wish he could stay on as President. So smart. So trustworthy. And he really loves America and cares about people too.

    The man deserves a ton of credit. Hope Hillary can be half as successful as President.

  9. Dressing a skunk in a tux-doesn’t change the nature of the animal. No Ametican President has been more divisive and corrupt than Obama. He shamed our Nation and his office. Trump is no work of art- but that doesn’t change the sad reality that Obama stinks up our political process- good riddance in a few months to this arrogant incompetent

  10. I see what you did there, Nick. Publishing a ‘heil Hitler’ picture to see if anyone noticed. Something tells me it won’t get a fraction of the press that Warren’s got. And she only got a fraction of the press that Ingraham’s got. Thanks for attempting to provide some balance.

  11. You Democrats need to relax. Don’t be scared of little ‘ol me. I’m sure HiLIARy will win. You don’t even need to vote. See, the LA Times, which polled through yesterday, still has Trump up by 7, but his average lead dropped by 0.2% today.

  12. Obama is correct. America is still GREAT !!!

    Trump doesn’t get it. I think he may be a fraud preying on our fears.

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