“We’re not a fragile people,” Obama said. “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. 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.”
The America of the Democrats, Obama recalled, is optimistic, generous, inclusive, loyal to its allies, future-oriented, open to differences (“the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain”). The only candidate who believes in the future of this country and will be capable of tackling its problems, said the president, is Clinton.
“For four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment and her discipline,” Obama said. “I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise, it wasn’t for attention — that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion. … 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.”
Describing the objectives achieved in his eight years in the White House, and anticipating that there are still many things to do, Obama positioned Clinton as the one to continue his policies and especially his values. Clinton will be responsible for strengthening and expanding Obamacare, to finally get the immigration reform that he could not accomplish, to push further on environmental protection, to revive arms control. Obama’s successes and works in progress in the event of a Trump presidency would be completely dismantled. Clinton, Obama guaranteed, will uproot ISIS.