Barack Obama Passes The Torch To Hillary Clinton In Philadelphia

The president delivered an emotional speech in his final major address to the American people at the Democratic National Convention.

July 28, 2016
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In his headlining speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama bid a public farewell to the American people, passing the torch on to nominee Hillary Clinton.

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"There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton) - nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States," Obama told the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. “I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before."


The president went over the events and successes of his two terms, including recovery from the economic recession, healthcare reform under Obamacare, and the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden. As he turned his focus to Donald Trump's shortcomings, the crowd on the convention floor began to "boo," to which Obama replied, "Don't boo. Vote."

Obama closed out his speech with an appeal to the American people to remain vocally involved in the democratic process and asked voters in the general election to "carry [Clinton] the same way you carried me."

Hillary Clinton, who joined Obama on stage after his speech, will address the convention on Thursday night to accept the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party.

Barack Obama Passes The Torch To Hillary Clinton In Philadelphia