U.S. President Barack Obama used his address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night to say he is more optimistic about the future of American than ever before.
Speaking to delegates in Philadelphia, Obama cited the economic recovery over the past seven years, the passage of health-care legislation and bringing justice to Osama bin Laden.
Obama says he’s had a front-row seat to nominee Hillary Clinton’s “intelligence, judgment and discipline.”
He says he’s never met anyone, himself included or even Bill Clinton, who was more qualified to serve as president.
Vice-President Joe Biden paid tribute to his boss during his speech. Biden said Obama is “one of the finest presidents” in American history. He appealed to working class voters during his remarks, urging them to resist the populism of Donald Trump. He said the Republican nominee is exploiting Americans’ anxieties by making false promises, and “doesn’t have a clue about the middle class.”
Biden also called Vladimir Putin a “dictator” during his speech, a term the U.S. government doesn’t use when referring to the Russian president. He said Trump is belittling U.S. allies while embracing “dictators like Vladimir Putin.”
Earlier in the day, Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” The former reality TV star was referring to emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server as secretary of state that she said she deleted, because they were private, before turning other messages over to the State Department.
Former CIA Director and Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says Trump is taking Russia’s side, and that means he can’t become commander in chief.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also endorsed Hillary Clinton Wednesday night, giving her the support of an independent who says he votes based on the candidate, “not the party label.”
Bloomberg said the country must unite around Clinton because she can “defeat a dangerous demagogue.” He offered a tough critique of Trump, saying, “I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one.”
Following three days of endorsements, Clinton will be introduced Thursday night by the woman who knows her simply as mom.
Chelsea Clinton will open for her mother at the DNC as she accepts a place in history as the first female presidential nominee for a major party. Chelsea Clinton’s appearance comes after her father, ex-President Bill Clinton, gave a deeply personal address about his wife Tuesday night.
It’s all part of a campaign effort to show the softer side of the former first lady, senator and secretary of state.
With files from Global News.