A little history: Twelve years ago, in 2004, Barack Obama introduced himself and his family to the world.
Since his election to the presidency in 2008, he has fought a bad US economy, signed a law that ensures all US citizens get access to healthcare, and captured and executed Osama bin Laden. And at tonight’s Democratic National Convention (which is where the flagbearer of the Democratic Party is confirmed), Obama not only endorsed Hillary Clinton for president but also made Americans consider how this November’s election will allow them to reaffirm their values and decide how they want to identify as a nation for the next four years.
Not only did Obama illustrate the differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but he also pointed out the differences he saw in how America was portrayed last week at the Republican National Convention and the way it’s been depicted thus far at the Democratic National Convention. “What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican — and it sure wasn’t conservative,” the president said, noting a “deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other” and the rest of the world.
You may remember that “Yes We Can” was Obama’s own campaign slogan back in 2008. The president also used the phrase “audacity of hope,” which is the title of his 2006 book. By using his own trademarks next to Hillary’s, he rhetorically demonstrated a marriage of their presidencies — as many Americans predicted, Obama’s speech solidified Hillary as the person to continue his progress.