Obama Unites Party, Blast Trump in DNC Speech
Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama gave his final convention speech as commander-in-chief at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He had a tough job — to convince the public to back Hillary Clinton during an election year riddled with hate, division and madness.
Reminding the public of the hope they had when they voted for him eight years ago, President Obama reflected on the positive changes he’s made for the country since he entered office.
“After the worst recession in 80 years, we’ve fought our way back,” he said. “We’ve seen deficits come down, 401(k)s recover, an auto industry set new records, unemployment reach eight-year lows, and our businesses create 15 million new jobs.”
The president touched on enacting health care reform protecting consumers from fraud, bringing about marriage equality and reestablishing relations with Cuba.
“A lot’s happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war and recession and all manner of challenge, I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your President, to tell you I am even more optimistic about the future of America,” he said. “How could I not be — after all we’ve achieved together?”
2016 is arguably one of the most critical elections in decades. Two candidates, who many do not take seriously, are running for office.
And one will win. The president attempted to ensure that it wasn’t Trump.
“And then there’s Donald Trump. He’s not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either,” he said. “He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.”
He also cited his observations of last week’s Republican National Convention.
“What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican – and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world,” he said. “There were no serious solutions to pressing problems – just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate. And that is not the America I know.”
Watch the president’s full address below.