Barack Obama, who was officially nominated as the US Democratic Presidential candidate, received strong backing from former President Bill Clinton, who said he expects him to undo the damage done to America on the domestic and the foreign policy fronts.
In a stirring speech at the ongoing National Democratic Convention at Denver, Colorado, Clinton said, "our nation is in trouble on two fronts. The American dream is under siege at home and America's leadership in the world has been weakened."
The former President said that US position in the world had been weakened by too much unilateralism and too little cooperation, by a perilous dependence on imported oil, by refusal to lead on global warming, by a severely burdened military and backsliding on global non-proliferation and arms control agreements.
Backing Senator Obama, the former President said he (Obama) will first use diplomacy in foreign affairs and resort to force as a last resort a classic reference to the foreign policy of the Bush administration, which he said over-relied on unilateralism.
"From the Middle east to Africa to Latin America to central and eastern Europe, the US administration had failed to use the power of diplomacy.
"Clearly, the job of the next president is to rebuild the American dream and to restore American leadership in the world," Clinton said making the point that President Obama will choose diplomacy first and military force as a last resort," Clinton told cheering delegates and guests at the Convention Centre.