President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made fervent pleas for Hillary Clinton.
It was a full house last night at the Democratic National Convention, packed in to hear President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine make fervent pleas for Hillary Clinton.
Obama’s speech was presumptively the most impactful, with cheers from the crowd shouting “four more years!” and holding blue “Yes We Can” signs that created a sea of unwavering support.
More than anything, the evening focused on security at home and abroad — though there was a clear lack of talk about Israel — but still, it’s something none of the speakers believe Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is capable of.
Walking onto the stage to the Rocky III theme song Eye of the Tiger, Biden emphasized Trump’s lack of empathy for the middle class based on his signature catchphrase: “You’re fired.”
“How can there be pleasure in saying ‘you’re fired?’ He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break!” Biden said. “That’s a bunch of malarkey!”
Kaine expressed his disdain for the Republican nominee, mocking his promises (in a pretty cartoonish impression) and his other more recent catchphrase: “Believe me.”
“You know who I don’t trust? Donald Trump. The guy promises a lot. But you might have noticed, he has a habit of saying the same two words right after he makes his biggest promises,” Kaine said. “It’s gonna be great — believe me! We’re gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay for it — believe me! We’re gonna destroy ISIS so fast — believe me! There’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns — believe me!”
But taking a more serious note was Obama, who urged the crowd to not boo at the sound of Trump’s name, but instead get out and vote.
“America is already great,” Obama insisted. “America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”
He described his vision and notion of America, based on family values from his grandparents.
“They knew these values were exactly what drew immigrants here, and they believed that the children of those immigrants were just as American as their own, whether they wore a cowboy hat or a yarmulke, a baseball cap or a hijab,” he said. “America has changed over the years. But these values that my grandparents taught me, they haven’t gone anywhere. They’re as strong as ever— still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith.
“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.”
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