President Obama gave the speech of his life last night.
I think it was one of the best speeches as President.
Not only did he make the case for Hillary Clinton, but he made the case for himself and his legacy.
Joe Biden: Trump doesn’t have a clue about middle class.
The Democratic A-list on Wednesday cast Donald Trump as a threat to the American dream — and Hillary Clinton as the nation’s only chance to save it.
“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.”
That is a pretty powerful and bold statement.
And one you cannot really argue with if you’re being intellectually honest, and if you’re really taking an objective look at Hillary Clinton’s resume and accomplishments.
The President went on to say:
“She sat with me in the situation room and forcefully argued for the mission that successfully took out Bin Laden. I’m asking you to join me to reject cynicism and to reject fear and to accept what is best in us to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States. (Applause)”
It was a powerful speech.
But can we go back 12 years ago?
I was a local anchor and reporter in Chicago.
I was watching the Democratic National Convention from what I believe was a VFW Hall on the Chicago’s South Side.
Our young state senator had been picked to give a speech.
And he tore it up.
“Tonight is a particular honor for me because let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely.”
Last night the President said he was pretty nervous all those years ago but he was filled with faith.
But lead by an unseeable audacity, the audacity of hope, he could not have possibly known that that faith would lead him to the oval office.
“The Audacity of hope. 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. “
A private citizen.
The end of an era.
And whether you realized it or not, that was the President’s going away speech.
America’s first black president welcoming on stage America’s potentially first woman president.