In Barack Obama’s last campaign speech, a bit of self praise and knuckle raps for Donald Trump

More importantly, he made strong, factual comparisons between America's growth when it was respectively under Republican and Democratic governments.

Written by Radhika Iyengar | Updated: November 8, 2016 5:10 pm
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

On the eve of the Election Day in the United States, President Barack Obama gave his last speech in favour of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Philadelphia. However, before he began listing reasons as to why Philadelphia should vote for Clinton, he didn’t shy away from patting his own back. Obama began his speech by providing a snapshot of how America had transformed over the last eight years under his presidency. He underlined that the country had managed to recover from the debilitating economic crisis and that since 2008, America was globally known to have become resilient and strong. “Almost every country on earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago,” he said.

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More importantly, he made strong, factual comparisons between America’s growth when it was respectively under Republican and Democratic governments. According to him, in comparison to the Republican governments, it were the Democratic presidents who had managed to alter the map of America and steer it towards progress. He implicitly conveyed that the country stood a greater chance of having an optimistic future under the governance of the Democrats. “I did some math. A little arithmetic,” he said confidently. “Under the last two Republican Presidents, job growth was basically flat, deficits went up. Over our two Democratic presidencies, jobs went up by more than 30 million, deficits went down, millions more Americans gained health insurance. So yes, with Democrats in-charge, America is stronger. Those are just the facts.”

No sooner his speech tipped towards making a dig at Trump, holding the Republican candidate responsible for reducing the election race to “a reality show or even a parody”. Obama went all out labeling Trump “temperamentally unfit” to hold office and make intelligent decisions regarding global concerns. Obama cemented that by mentioning the level of trust Trump’s aides had in him.“Over the weekend [Trump’s] campaign took away his twitter account because he is erratic. If his closest advisers don’t trust him to tweet, why would any of us trust him with the nuclear codes?”

In the speech, Obama made strong, final endorsement of Clinton, calling her “the next President of the United States”. He said that she was “well-prepared” and unequivocally qualified to build on the progress America had made in the last eight years. He urged everyone to vote for her saying, “You don’t have to just vote against someone, you have someone outstanding to vote for in Hillary Clinton.” The President rounded off his speech on an optimistic note saying, “Tomorrow America will reject politics of resentment and blame, you will reject fear and choose hope.”