President Obama is (out on the campaign trail) with her. He spent Tuesday stumping with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, singing her praises and making the case to the American public that she is the most qualified candidate ever. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office," he told the gathered crowd. And Clinton spoke fondly of Obama, her one-time opponent turned boss. Among her comments, you'll find the the one quote from the Clinton-Obama rally that you don't want to miss.
Clinton managed to make her introduction of Obama truly unforgettable:
I feel very privileged, because I’ve known the president in many roles: as a colleague in the Senate, as an opponent in a hard-fought primary, and the president I was so proud to serve as secretary of state. But I’ve also known him as the friend I was honored to stand with in the good times and the hard times - someone who has never forgotten where he came from.
And Donald, if you’re out there tweeting, it’s Hawaii.
Obama — and the crowd — laughed uncontrollably. He yelled up to Hillary, "Just in case he gets confused!" Obama, if you remember, has had his own problem with Donald Trump since long before this primary season. Trump was a card-carrying member of the Birther movement, regularly challenging the president on his birthplace, to the point where the Obama Administration released his long-form birth certificate to quash the rumors.
After another joke ("He knows a thing or two about winning elections — take it from me"), Clinton went on to stick up for Obama on lots of other fronts. "I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy," Clinton said, going on to name his accomplishments, like 14 million new private sector jobs, the increase in insured Americans under Obamacare, and soaring clean energy production.
Clinton said Obama has served with "heart, depth, and humility." When confronted with obstructionism, she said he"reaches for common ground and common purpose." Of serving as his secretary of state, she said, "that is how democracy is supposed to work. We put common interest ahead of self-interest." And she argued that might not be the case for Trump:
Can you imagine him sitting in the Oval Office the next time America faces a crisis? The world hangs on every word our president says, and Donald Trump is simply unqualified and temperamentally unfit to serve as commander-in-chief.
Obama also took a swipe at Trump:
Everybody’s got an opinion, but nobody actually knows the job until you’re sitting behind the desk. Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk. I mean, Sasha tweets, but she doesn’t think that she thereby should be sitting behind the desk!
Clinton, on the other hand, has been tested, Obama said. "This is a choice between whether we are going to cling to some imaginary past, or whether we’re going to reach for the future." Clinton, he argued, is not afraid of the future. "I am ready to pass the baton, and I know that Hillary Clinton is going to take it!" This November, if you so choose, you can give it to her.