On the stage of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, the outgoing president Barack Obama crowns Hillary Clinton, paying her homage with a speech that sounds like a passing of the torch. “No man or woman has ever been more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.” With these words, the 44th president opens his speech at the convention of the party of the donkey, which began with a thunderous applause from the audience to welcome Obama, accompanied with the choral slogan “Yes we can”, the motto of his campaign in 2008. “The America I know is full of courage and optimism – Barack continues -. And Hillary is the right person for this America, she is ready.”
The real surprise, however, in Philadelphia is the appearance of Hillary Clinton on the stage, next to Obama at the end of the US president’s speech. A long embrace between the two of them seals the passing of the torch: “I am very proud of you – Obama told Clinton -. I have never been so optimistic about the future of America. It could not be otherwise after all the things we have achieved together. In many ways, our country is stronger and more prosperous than when we had started, but there is still work to do.”
Who would follow in the footsteps of the first African-American president in history better than Hillary? “Nothing can prepare us to the Oval Office – Obama said -. Until you sit at that desk, you do not know what it means to manage a global crisis or send young people to war. But Hillary has already been in that room and partook in these decisions. Hillary is ready to be the next commander-in-chief”.
There was also a thrust against the rival, the Republican Donald Trump. “America is already great. America is already strong. And I assure you, our strength and our greatness do not depend on Donald Trump,” Obama said, taking cue from the Trump’s presidential slogan, which reads “Make America great again”. If Trump at the GOP convention in Cleveland has described a chaotic America, torn apart by violence, suffering from economic decline, Obama’s long speech opposed the “pessimistic” Republican scenario, putting forward “optimism for the future of America”: “We have overcome the worst recession in the last 80 years, health coverage is no longer a privilege of the few, but everyone’s right, we have brought our troops back home.”
Before Obama’s speech, the Philadelphia Democratic Convention confirmed Senator Tim Kaine as a running mate in the race for the White House with Hillary Clinton. The 58-year-old Kaine, Senator of Virginia since 2012, was appointed by Clinton on July 22 last year and yesterday the Democratic delegates of 50 states endorsed his candidacy by acclamation, since he is the only candidate in the competition.