In one of his most rousing and effective speeches of his Presidential career, President laid the case for electing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and to dismiss the fear emanating from the Republican convention last week.

It was like a breath of fresh air, a renewal and resurgence of hope and optimism wiping out the dank and musty portrait of a country paralyzed by fear and ineptitude.  As he strolled onto the stage, to cries of "We love you," President Obama faced a convention where many delegates and Democratic supporters were not ready to have him leave office. The President also needed to convince those who were not ready to accept Clinton as their nominee to do so - and to keep America moving forward with the policies he began to reclaim a more just and egalitarian country.

In response to the Republican convention last week, the President stated, "It wasn't particularly Republican and it sure wasn't conservative. There was no serious solutions to pressing problems. Just the fanning of resentments and blame and hate and anger."

As a counterpoint, President Obama spoke of the work accomplished by his administration: the Affordable Care Act and the strengthening of the Environmental Protection Agency and legislation passed for equal pay.  But the President did not avoid the issues where he was not able to succeed: gun control.  

“The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous,” he said. “We get frustrated with political gridlock and worry about racial divisions; we are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten. Parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities that we have.

“All of that is real; we are challenged to do better; to be better. But as I’ve traveled this country, through all 50 states; as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I have also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America.”

President Obama acknowledged the ease used by politicians to peddle hate and to choose scapegoats as the reasons for the country's problems by "home grown demagogues."

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

 President Obama offered to the Democratic convention, the preparedness of  Hillary Clinton in following him to the Presidency while acknowledging her mistakes. “She knows that sometimes during those 40 years, she’s made mistakes, just like I have,” he said. “Just like we all do.”

“You can read about it, you can study it, but 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,” Mr. Obama said. “But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions.”

 “Even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people, and she keeps her cool, and she treats everybody with respect.”

With this electric speech last night that charged the audience to their feet  and kept them there for almost an hour, President Obama gave his vision for the country as of one of "audacious hope" and of a country that has different stories,  but held together by the common beliefs that hold us together.

 

 

Published by Nancy Snyder