Last night President Obama gave one of his most impressive and important political speeches of his career.
His soaring speech rocked the house and successfully passed the torch to the new President.
Earlier Joe Biden brought rain and hell fire down on the mangled apricot hell beast's head. Biden was followed by Gov. Tim Kaine. Most viewers agreed that Kaine introduced himself to the nation in a folksy, yet intelligent, way.
But Obama's words were the highlight of the night. His soaring vision of optimism, hope and promise. It was a polar opposite to the RNC Convention.
He not only tore Donald Trump down, but he did so while actually reaching out to Republican voters by saying Trump is not even a conservative. He connected Trump to every other dangerous enemy America faces:
"That's why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end."
And he made his case for HRC's presidency.
"We don't fear the future; we shape it, we embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own."
"That's what Hillary Clinton understands — this fighter, this stateswoman, this mother and grandmother, this public servant, this patriot — that's the America she's fighting for."
In other words, President Obama's speech was as Ray Hudson describes:
"Absolutely celestial, heavenly and magisterial"
MSNBC's Republican analyst Steve Schmidt said it was one of the greatest political speeches of all time.
Fox News' Brit Hume said, "It was vintage Obama. The most effective part of the speech was his dealing with Donald Trump. It was a combination of straight out criticism, and ridicule. I thought it as powerful"
Chris Wallace followed up with, "Four years ago Bill Clinton spoke, for Barack Obama, maybe made the case for reelection better than Obama did. Afterwards, Obama called Clinton, the secretary of explaining stuff, Tonight, it seemed to me that Obama returned the favor for Clinton."
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I think Obama hit all the points he needed to hit in the pageantry and process of this convention. He summed up his presidency, he knocked Donald Trump, he vouched for Hillary Clinton. But he did something more substantial. I think he captured the reality of the moment, which is a sobering one but also one that is grounding and revivifying because it reminds us who we are. Hopefully it reminds us as a country what we need to do.
That's my man! Your truth, dignity and grace reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of our @POTUS. -mo
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) July 28, 2016
American exceptionalism and greatness, shining city on hill, founding documents, etc--they're trying to take all our stuff
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) July 28, 2016
Will a Trump apologist explain to me why an 18 yo watching the conventions would want to be a Republican? We're giving away a generation
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 28, 2016
Text just now from a senior House Republican who gave me permission to tweet this: “We were supposed to make that sort of speech."
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 28, 2016
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 28, 2016
"We'd like you to speak at the convention." "Great!" "You'll be following Obama." "Son of a...."
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) July 28, 2016
A speech to make Republican elites feel sickened (as they should be) by what their party has nominated.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) July 28, 2016