President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Americans to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, warning the 2016 race was not just about politics, but the nature of US democracy.
Speaking before a rapt Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Obama praised Clinton’s caliber and readiness for the White House while painting her Republican rival as a know-nothing authoritarian.
The election, Obama said, was “not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right.”
Below are the five most crucial endorsements for Clinton so far in this convention:
Most important: From Bernie Sanders, former rival
“I move that the Convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record,” he said, adding after a pause, “And I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.”
With that Clinton became the first woman nominated by a major US party to run for president.
Most heartfelt: Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland who died in police custody.
“So many of our children gone but not forgotten. I’m here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names. Hillary knows that when a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss. It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us.”
Most devastating: Actors Lena Dunham and America Ferrera, supporters
Here is there take down of Trump, in their own words.
“Hi. I’m Lena Dunham, and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably, like, a 2.”
“And I’m America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.”
“But America, you’re not Mexican,” said Dunham pointed out.
“And President Obama isn’t Kenyan, Lena, but that doesn’t stop Donald,” Ferrera shot back.
Most humanizing: Bill Clinton
She is the “best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life” he knows, he said, who he first saw in 1971. “She had thick blond hair, big glasses, wore no makeup and she exuded this sense of strength and self-possession that I found magnetic,” he said of girl he met for the first time in 1971, went on to marry.
Most substantial: President Barack Obama, her former boss
Form his speech:
“That’s the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.”