“I’m with her.” Finally. President Barack Obama is going to help Hillary happen, and that’s bad news for Donald Trump and dysfunctional Republicans.
On Thursday the twice-elected president who won in 2008 and 2012 with more than 50 percent of the popular vote helped his famous and undefeated coalition of youth, seniors, Asians, Latinos and African-Americans line up behind Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Now that Mrs. Clinton is the presumptive nominee of a major American political party, and the first woman in history to accomplish that feat, Democrats know it’s time to stand united, not divided as Republicans and media would like. And if Team Obama is fired up and ready to go for Hillary Clinton, it’s only a matter of time until Team Sanders understands they can be icing on the cake to the outcome of the fall General Election that will no longer be in doubt.
“Whether you’ve been by her side since the beginning or you’re new to her team, I hope you’ll add your name today and say you’re ready to make history with us this November,” said President Obama today. “I know how hard the job of president can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done. As a candidate who had to debate Hillary Clinton more than 20 times eight years ago, the president reflected on that matchup as a hard-fought campaign.
But after their battle, between a woman and an African-American, two candidates only Democrats could cheer on because it’s impossible to think something similar could ever happen in the Republican Party, Mr. Obama didn’t let her drift away. He instead offered his rival a key post in the cabinet as secretary of state. “I’ve seen her judgment, toughness, and commitment to our values up close,” he said, adding, “And I’ve seen her determination to give every American a fair shot at opportunity, no matter how tough the fight — that’s what’s always driven her, and still does.”
Something that will be different this year, aside from the Midway carnival barker and billionaire Republicans will crown as their leader in Cleveland in about 50 days, will be the president getting on the field of battle to campaign for Team Hillary unlike he did in 2010 or 2014, midterm years when he largely sat out the elections that were largely disastrous to his administration as Republicans dominated the field, keeping the U.S. House and returning control of the Senate to their clutches.
Looking out from his perch in Washington, the president didn’t deny that Mrs. Clinton and Sen. Sanders had their contentious moments, but said their patriotism for America will win out as their shared vision for the America, something more believe in than don’t, will win out in November.
Democrats are united by their values for protecting and building on rights of all kinds, from workers’ and women’s right to voting rights and more. Republicans with Donald J. Trump leading them will be hard pressed to convince the electorate that lower taxes for the wealthy, fewer regulations to protect consumers and the public and balancing budgets at the expense of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are what Americans really want.
As the president said, “If we all come together in common effort, I’m convinced we won’t just win in November—we’ll build on the progress that we’ve made, and we will win a brighter future for this country that we love.”
“I can’t wait to get out there and campaign for her,” President Obama told the world with long-awaited words that can change the dynamics and demographics of the election to favor Democrats.
And with that in mind, President Obama and Hillary Clinton will campaign in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Wednesday, June 15. Hillary press said the event will a chance for the duo to discuss building on the progress they’ve made and their vision for an America that is stronger.
By tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will have another giant endorsement, this one coming from Massachusett’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Harvard law professor and inventor of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to make her big announcement tonight on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC.