President Barack Obama, in a rousing speech on Wednesday, offered full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton in her campaign to defeat Republican Donald Trump and become the first woman elected U.S. president.
â€œThere has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill ClintonÂ â€“ nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States,â€ Obama said to cheers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
â€œTonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me.â€
After Obamaâ€™s speech, Clinton joined him on stage where they hugged, clasped hands and waved to the crowd.
Obama and Clinton were rivals in the hard-fought campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination. After winning that election to become Americaâ€™s first black president, he appointed her his secretary of state.
Speaking to delegates, Obama offered an alternative to businessman Trumpâ€™s vision of the U.S. as being under siege from illegal immigrants, crime and terrorism and losing its way in the world.
â€œI am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before,â€ Obama said at the Wells Fargo Centre.
Clinton made history on Tuesday when she became the first woman to secure the presidential nomination from a major party.
When she formally accepts it on Thursday, she will become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican nominee Trump in the November 8 election.
Obama took aim at Trumpâ€™s campaign slogan and promise to â€œMake America Great Again.â€
â€œAmerica is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,â€ he said.
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