President Obama: Hillary Clinton 'Has Never Forgotten Who She Is Fighting For'

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Obama praises Clinton's dedication to the American people.
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Transcript for President Obama: Hillary Clinton 'Has Never Forgotten Who She Is Fighting For'
It. Yeah. Didn't. It's so good. The thank. You. Wouldn't. Thank. You so much over thank. You and. A. Never bothered. You so much never. When you blew it. And a. Okay. Hello America. Am. Hello Democrats. Am. I. Twelve years ago tonight. I had breath this convention. For the very first time. You met my two little girls. Malia and Sasha. Not soon. Amazing young women who just fill me with pride. And you fell for Myron brilliant a wife and partner Michelle and who has made me a better father and a better man. Who's gone on inspire our nation and as First Lady. Then. Ruth somehow haven't made that. I know the same cannot be fit for me. My girls reminded all the time. While yours changed so much daddy. And Emmett try to clean it up. Not bed. Just more mature. And and it's true. I would so young that first time in Boston. And look at all admitted Mandela below nervous. Address in such a big crowd. I was. Guild would make. Faith in America. The generous. Big hard. Hopeful country. That made my story. That made all of our stories popped. A lot's happened. Over the years. And while this nation and have been tested by war and it's been tested by a recession. And all manner of challenges. I stand before you again tonight. After almost two terms as your president did tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America. Political goal. Bob. Good not me. After all that we've achieved together. After the worst recession in eighty years we fought our way back we've seen Deb but that's come down. 401K F recover an auto industry set new record unemployment. 38 year lows at our businesses create. Fifteen million new jobs. After a century of trying. We declare that health care in America is not a privilege for a few minutes they are right for everybody. After decades of tough we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil. We doubled our production. A clean energy. We brought more of our troops home to their families. And we deliver justice to Osama bin Laden. Through diplomacy we shut down Iran's nuclear weapons program. We open up a new chapter with the people of Cuba. Brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet. For our children. We put policies in place to help students would won't protect consumers from fraud. Cut veterans homelessness almost in half. And through countless acts required courage America learned that love had no limits. And marriage equality is now reality across the land. Mike sole many measures. Our country a stronger. And more prosperous. Than it was when we start. Them through every victory. Every thought but. I've insisted that change is never easy and never quit. We want me all of our challenges and one term or one presidency. Or even in one lifetime. So tonight I'm here to tell you that yes we've still got more work to do. More work to do for every American still in need of a good Jaaber Reyes paid leave Byrd beat the retirement. For every child in me the sturdier ladder out of poverty and are world class education for everyone who have not yet felt the progress of these past seven and a half years. We need to keep making our streets paper and a criminal justice system fair. Our homeland more secure. All world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation. We're not done perfecting our union. We're living up to our founding Crete. That all of us are created equal. All of us are playing in the eyes of god. And that work involves a big choice this November. I think it's fair to say it doesn't not your typical election. It's not just a choice between parties serve policies. The usual debates between left and right. This pay more fundamental choice. About who we are the people. And whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self government. But we Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party. And there's another Obama that. It's precisely this contest of ideas that pushes our country won't. But what we are in Cleveland last week wasn't particularly Republican. And it sure wasn't conservative. What we heard what they deeply pessimistic vision of a country where. We turn against each other. And turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problem. Just the banning of resentment. And blame. And anger. And hate. And that is not be America I know. We America god knows full occurred. And optimism and engine noted the America I know is defense and generous. Sure we have real anxieties about panned the bills and protecting our kids. Karen for a thick pair. We get frustrated. With the political gridlock. And worry about racial divisions. We are shocked and saddened by the madness. Of Orlando. Or meets. There are pockets of America. That never recovered from factory closures. Men who took pride and hard work and providing for their families. Who now feel forgotten. Parents wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities that we had. All the better real. We are challenged to do but. To be better. But as I've traveled this country. Through all fifty states. As laboratories reviewed. And more and review. What I have also seen more than anything is what is right with America. Oh. I've had people working hard and started bed with. I think people seeking kid who's serving our country. I think engineer than letting stuff. Doctors coming up would no cures. I 38 younger generation full of energy and new ideas. Not constrained by what. What up to big. And most of all I see Americans of every park every background every faith. Who believe that we are stronger together. White Latino and Asian native American young golden days straight men and women. Both lived at the building Paul pledging allegiance under the same proud flag from their. The whole country that we. Erica I know. The only one now. Even that future. At the photo of her life to that future. A mother and a grandmother who would do anything to help our children run. A leader with a real plan to break down barriers. And blasts through glass feelings. And widen the circle of opportunity. That every single American the next president of the United States Hillary Clinton. If you're the go. And I. Limits. Hey years ago hope. You may remember Hillary and I were rivals for the democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me dry air once taught. Because Diller with the I was worn out. She was done everything out of known. But just like Ginger Rogers there was backwards dating he'll. Am. I. And every time I thought our motto. Every time I thought oh my have the race one. Hillary just came back stronger. But after it was all over. I asked Hillary to join Mike thing. Sued both the front. So my third most abrupt. But ultimately she said yes. Because she know that what was at stake. Was bigger than either of us. And for forty years. California I had a front row seat. To her intelligence. Her judgment. And her discipline. I came to realize that her unbelievable. Work ethic. What I'm for praise it wasn't for attention. That she was in this for everyone who needs a champion. I am a good bad after all be here. She has never forgotten just who she's fighting pull. Hillary is still got the tenacity. That she had a young woman working at the children's defense fund going door to door. Ultimately make sure kids with disabilities. Could get a quality education. He's still got a heart she showed of our First Lady. Working with congress to help push through a Children's Health Insurance Program. Bit to this day protects millions of kids. She's still smeared with the memory of Mary American. She met who lost loved ones on my left. Which is wire as the senator from New York she fought so hard for funding to help first responders. To help the city rebuild. Why as secretary of state she sat where many in the situation room and forcefully argued in favor of the mission that took out bin Laden. And I. You you. Nothing. Truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. You can read about it. You can study it. But until your son of that dust. You don't know what it's like the manager global crisis. Or send young people to war. What Hillary has been in the wrong. He's been part of most efficient. She's she knows what's at stake in the decisions our government makes. What the stake for the working family for the finger service with a small business on. The soldiers. For the better. And even in the midst of crisis. She listens to people and she keeps her cool. And she treats everybody would respect. And no matter how dog thing they. No matter how much people try to knock her down she never ever quits. Did they know really know. Bad the Hillary I've come to admire. And that's why I can say with confidence there has never been any man. Or a woman wrong not me not bill nobody. More qualified. Than Hillary Clinton. The sir. Hope you don't mind bill but the film true. And by the way case you're wondering. About her judgment. Take a look at her choice the running mate. And I. Tim came. Hey man. That's humble all and it has committed. A public servant and anybody that I know. I know his family I love and I love their kids. He won't be a great vice president. He will make Hillary a better president does life my dear friend and brother Joseph Biden has made me a better growth. Hillary has the real plans. To address the concerns. She's heard from you. On the campaign trip. He's got to the guidance there investing new jobs. To help workers share in their companies' profits. Helped put kids in preschool and put students through college about economic touted that. That's what leaders know. And then. There's Donald from. Don't blue vote. A. There. The Donald is not really plans guy. He's not really a fast guy you the. He called himself a group of guy which is true but that's the thing I know plenty of business men and women. Who achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people feeling like they got cheated. Does anyone really believe that a guy back who's spent. His seven years on this earth showing no regard for working people. If suddenly going to be your chances. Your boy. Let's all usual. About four. But if you know someone who's truly concerned about paying your bills. If you're really concerned about pocketbook issues and saying the economy grow and creating more opportunity for everybody that. The choice isn't even close. If you want thumb on what they lifelong track record. Fighting for higher wages and better benefits and it fair tax code and a bigger voice for workers and stronger regulations on Wall Street. Then you should vote. For Hillary Clinton. And if you're rightly concerned about who's gonna keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world. Well the choices good player. Hillary Clinton is respected. Around the world. Not just by leaders. But by the people they serve. Up to favor if people outside of the United States do not understand. What's going on in this election. I really don't. Because they know Hillary they've seen her work. She's worked closely aware of our intelligence feeds our diplomats. Our military. She has the judgment and the experience and the temperament. To meet the threat from terrorists it's not new to her. Our troops have pounded I so without mercy taking out the leaders taking back territory. And I know Hillary won't relent until I thought is destroyed. She will finish the job. Look good without resorting to torture forbid an entire religion from entering our country. Kids. In the next commander and chief. Me Woon. Donald Trump all of our military aid to Vassar. Apparently doesn't know. The men and women who make up the strongest fighting force the world that never know. He suggests America is week. You must not hear the billions of men and women and children. From the baltics to Burma. Who still look to America to be the light of freedom and dignity and human rights. Co develop the program. Praises Saddam Hussein. Charles our NATO allies. That stood by our side after 9/11. That they have to pay up if they want our protection. Well I'm America's promise says do not come with a price that. We meet our commitments. We bear our burden. That's one of the reasons why almost airplane country on earth. These America and stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when I took office. America. Is already great. America I have already swooned. And I promise you are spraying. Our greatness. Does not depend on Donald Trump. And in fact it doesn't depend on any one person. And that a man may be the biggest difference in this election. The meaning of our democracy. Ronald Reagan called America. A shining city on the hill. Donald Trump called it a bit by a divided Klein's thing. That only can fix. It doesn't matter to him that illegal immigration and the crime rates are as low as they've been in decades. Because he's not actually offering any real solutions to those issues. It is offering slogans. And is offering beer. Betting that if you scared enough people. He might have scored. From a votes to win this election. And that's another bet the Donald Trump will lose. And the reason he'll learn good. It's because he's telling the American people short. We're not a fragile people. Out of rightful people. Our power doesn't come from some self declared failure promising that he alone can restore order as long as. We do things his way we don't look to be ruled. Oh the moon. Power comes from those immortal declarations. First what the political right here in Philadelphia all the viewers the gulf. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal that we the people can car. More perfect you do. Yeah. The news and that's what grow. That's what drove patriot to choose revolution overturned. And our GI has to liberate economy. It's what gave women the courage to reach for the belt and marchers to cross the bridge in Selma. And workers to organize and fight for collective bargaining and better way to. I. I'm Americans never been about what. One person says he'll do for us. It's about. What. Can be achieved by us together. Through the heart and slow and sometimes. Frustrating. But ultimately enduring work of self government. And that's what Hillary Clinton understands. She knows that that's a very big diverse country she had seen it she's travel. She's talked to folks. And he understands. Most issues. A rarely black and white. She understands that even when you're a 100% right. Getting things done requires compromise. That democracy doesn't work if we constantly demonize each up. You know very. For progress could happen. We have to lift lift up. And see ourselves and each other. And fight for our principles but also fight to find common ground no matter how elusive. That may sometimes city. Hillary knows we can work through. Racial divides in this country when we realize that the word black parents feel when their son leaves the house. Isn't so different than what a brave cop drama feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work. But we can honor police and free every community fairly. It. Thank you know. She knocked it acknowledging. Problems that a pestered for decades. Isn't making race relations worse. It's creating the possibility for people of goodwill to join and make things better. Hillary knows we can and thrifts on a lawful and orderly immigration system. While still staying striving students. And their toiling parents. As loving family man criminals or rape that's. Family Vick came here for the same reason our forebears came. To work at the study and make it better life in a place where we can talk and worship and love as we please. She knows their dream is quintessentially America. And the American dream is something no wall whatever content. A do the things that Hillary know. They can be frustrating this business of democracy. Trust me I know. Hillary knows don't. When the other side refute that the compromise. Progress console. People are hurt by the inaction. Supporters can grow impatient. And were even you're not trying hard not. You may be sold out. But I promise you. When we keep that. When we change enough minds when we deliver enough votes. Then progress does happen. And if you doubt that just ask the twenty million more people who have health care today. Nothing. The marine who proudly served his country without hiding from the husband that he loves. Am. I. Democracy works America. But we don't want it. Buttons during an election year. But all the days and between. A okay. So if you agree that there's too much inequality in our economy. And too much money in our politics we all need to be as vocal and as organized and at first fifth and at Bernie Sanders supporters have been. We all need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the detective. And then hold them accountable until they get the job done. I am. And I. Look good feel the burn. If you want. More just fifth in the justice system. That we've all got about not just for a president. But for many years and. That's where the criminal love made. Working with police and wrote them through until alone and practices are today. That's how democracy works. If you want to fight climate change. We've got engaged not only young people on college campuses. Got to reach out to the coal miner who's worried about taking care of his family. The single mom worried about them right. If you want to protect our kids at archives from gun violence. We've got to get the vast majority of Americans. Including gun owners who agree on things like background checks. To be just as vocal and just as determined as the gun lobby that blocks. Change through every. Days nothing. Hillary's got to share equip us. She has been caricatured by it the right. And by some on the left. She has been accused of everything you can imagine and some things that you cannot. But she knows that's what happens when you're under a microscope for forty years. She knows what. Sometimes are almost forty years you've made mistakes just like I have just like we all do. That's what happens when that we try. That's what happens. When you're the kind of citizen Teddy Roosevelt once described. Not the timid souls who criticized from the sidelines but someone would actually in the arena. He. Not only lose. In the. By the rule out the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. But. Hillary Clinton event woman in the arena. Even if we haven't always noticed. And if you're serious about our democracy. You can't afford to stay home just because she might battle line will be on every issue. Because the mud looking at in the foot. A crater floor. Of the nobody. Nifty little. The vote yes weekend. Bob because that's what the moment the man. A the Fulton. Not yet secret not yet I can the weekend. You know. You know that there's been a lot of talk in this campaign about. What America has Waltz. People who tell us that our way life is being undermined. By pernicious changes and dark forces beyond our control. They tell voters there is a real America out there. That must be restored. This idea by the way that starter would Donald Trump. It's been peddled by politicians for a long time. Probably from the start of our republic. As it got me thinking about this story I told you twelve years ago tonight. About my Kansas grandparents. And the things they're taught me. When I was brought up. To my grandparents they came from the heartland. They're in fifth years. Began settling their about 200 years ago. On all of they have their birth certificates but. In the a. There were Scots Irish vote. Farmers. Teachers. Ranch and pharmacists. Or Allred workers. Harding small town folk. Some are Democrats but. A lot of maybe even most of all Republicans. Ordeal like. In my grandparents explains. The folks from his parts. They didn't like show office. It and admire brag hurts. Or bullies. That a respect mean spiritedness. Her folks were always looking for shortcuts in life. Instead what day it. Value. We're traits like honesty and hard work. Kindness. Courtesy. Humility. Responsibility. Helping each other out. That's what they believed it. True things. Things that last. With things we try to teach our kids. And what my grandparents understood it was bad. These values weren't limited to Kansas they weren't limited to small towns. These values to travel to Hawaii. They could travel even to the other side of the world. For my mother would end up working to help poor women get a better life trying to apply those values. My grandparents noon these values weren't reserved for one race. They could be passed down through a half Kenyan grandson. For a half Asian granddaughter. In fact they were the same values Michelle's parents. The descendants of slaves. Taught their own kids living in a bungalow on the south side which god. Okay. They knew these values were exactly what drew a manner. Immigrants here. And they believed. That the children of those immigrants or just American of their own. What are their work cowboy hat. Or economic or. A baseball cap. Or he job. America has changed over the years. But these values. The my grandparents taught him. They haven't gone anywhere. There is strong as ever. Still cherished by people of every park. Every race. Every faith. They live on in each up office. What makes us America. What makes left patriots. Is what's in here. That's what matters. And that's why we can take the home to music and holidays and styles of other countries and one that. In the something uniquely are. That's why we can attracts drivers and out of Norris from around the globe to build new factories and Craig new industries here. That's why are our military. Can look the way it does every shade of humans but. Forged in the common service. That's why anyone who threatens our values. Whether fascist or Communist or jihadist war homegrown demagogues will always fail India. Is the mood. A man. Is America those bonds of affection. That common pleas. We don't fear the future we shaped it we embrace it as one people. Stronger together than we are RO. That's what Hillary Clinton understands. This fight. That fix won't. This mother and grandmother that's public servant this patriot. That's the American she's biting cold. And that is why I have confidence. If I leave the stage tonight. Though the Democratic Party is in good hands. There. My time in this office. It hasn't fixed everything. As much as we've done that there's still so much I wanna do. But for all the top left and I've had to work. For all the places where I've fallen short. I've told Hillary. And I'll tell you what's picked me back up every single time. It's been you. The American people. It's the letter I keep on my wall. From a survivor and Ohio moved twice almost lost everything to cancer. But urged me to keep fighting for Health Care Reform even when the battle seemed lost do not quit. If the paving I keep in my private office. A big guy agree now. With blue wings. Made by a seven year old girl who was taken from a synutra. Given to me by her parents why wouldn't forget. A reminder of all the parents. Who have turned their grief into action. If the small business owner in Colorado. We've cut most of it on salary. So anyone that the layoff any Evans workers in the recession. Because he said. That wouldn't have been in the spirit of America. If the conservative and Texas who said he disagreed with me on everything. But he appreciated. Like him. I try to be a good day. It's the courage of the young soldier from Arizona. Nearly. On the battlefield in Afghanistan. But who have learned to speak again and walk again. And earlier this year stepped through the door. But the oval office. On his own power to salute and shake my hand. It is every American who believe. We could change this country for the better so many of you. Who never been involved in politics. Who picked up owns and hit the streets and use the Internet in amazing new wave that I didn't really understand but may change happen. You are the best organizers on the planet and I am so proud of all the change. Laid off. I. Time and again. You've picked me up. And I hope sometimes I picked you up to. The in. And tonight. I ask you to do toward Hillary Clinton. What you did for me. Same way you carried me. Because you're who I was talking about twelve years ago when I talked about hope. That venue. Who fueled my dog of faith in our future even when the odds were great even when the road is long. Hope in the face that difficult to. Pulp in the face of uncertainty. The audacity. Of hope I'm. Mets debut. And now I'm ready to pass the but time and do my part as a private citizen. So that fear in the selection comments muted joy and me. The rejects criticism and reject fear. And the thumb and what is best in us don't let. Hillary Clinton and of the next. Rather than. For that they incredible turn. Let's keep the the bill. Remove the United States in the he a.

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