PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama gave a ringing endorsement of Hillary Clinton here Wednesday, offering a portrait of a tenacious public servant uniquely prepared to continue his work and stave off a threat to American values posed by Donald Trump.
"I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," Obama said. "I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man."
The president highlighted what he deemed the successes of his nearly eight years in office, saying Americans "fueled (his) dogged faith in our future, even when the odds are great." He defended Clinton from attacks across the political spectrum and called on voters to reject Trump's rhetoric and claims that "only he" can fix a broken country.
"Now I'm ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen. This year, in this election, I'm asking you to join me. To reject cynicism, to reject fear, to summon what's best in us. To elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation," Obama said, raising his voice over a roar of applause at the Democratic National Convention.
After Obama's address, Clinton joined him onstage as Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" played. The pair pointed at one another then hugged in front of a floor of delegates standing and shaking "Obama" signs.