Op-ed: President Barack Obama wasted no time Thursday endorsing Hillary Clinton to succeed him, and there was no doubt he was relishing the battle.
The Republican party publicly made its no. 1 goal to stop everything Obama tried to do during his eight years as President.
His likely narrative will be that former President George W. Bush destroyed the nation’s economy and is at least partly responsible for creating ISIS.
Obama will be able to claim credit for drastically lowering the unemployment rate and killing Osama bin Laden.
“I’m with her, I am fired up, and I cannot wait to get out there to campaign for Hillary,” Mr. Obama said.
Obama said of his former secretary of state, who would become the first female president of the country, “I have seen her judgment, I’ve seen her toughness, I’ve seen her commitment to our values up close. … “She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done.”
Obama said he would begin campaigning with her next week in Wisconsin, and Michelle Obama was expected to join the parade.
“I know how hard this job can be, that’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” Obama said in avideo. “In fact I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get this job done.”
Earlier in the day Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders indicated he was leaving the campaign.
Later he vowed to work with Hillary Clinton but shied away from endorsing her.
That may come later.
Monday this report announced "HILLARY CLINTON LIKELY TO EFFECTIVELY WIN NOMINATION IN 24 HOURS" and that prediction was spot on.
The media wasted no time in declaring Donald Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee based on phone calls to delegates in North Dakota on May 26. Monday night polls show a tsunami of delegates will support Hillary Clinton.
Will the media give up its only remaining story, pending the general election? Not likely. Some will push that Bernie Sanders can somehow win a brokered convention.
He has 3 million fewer votes than Clinton and election tricks will not go down well. He wouldn’t even be in the race without dominating arcane, even byzantine “caucuses.”
Those are small meetings where a few thousand delegates who have several hours to spare can meet and choose delegates.
It is a truly an Alice in Wonderland event, and first was heard of around the world in the Lewis Carroll story.
Estimates differ but Clinton is within a couple of dozen, or even less, of the 2,383 delegates needed to win the Democrat nomination.
She has a double-digit lead in New Jersey, in the East Coast time zone, and many pundits predict she will have enough delegates to claim the nomination before polls close four hours later in the nation’s most populous state, California.
Many in the media may choose to focus on the likelihood of the first female president.
Trump has been self-destructing lately, repeating racist remarks about a judge that even his own party leaders condemned.
Clinton, whether she wins or not, will be the first woman nominated by a major party. There is even a chance that Clinton could choose a woman for vice president, Mass. U.S. Sen. Ellen Warren.
What will the stylists do? Will they stop calling her “Mrs. Clinton” and settle on “President Clinton.” And what will they call Bill?
Will the Republican party try to get on the same page with a majority of Americans? They said they would after the last loss to President Barack Obama.
Demographics are going against them. Minority after minority has been courted by Democrats.
Whites are being outnumbered, clearly a factor in the growing support among whites for Trump. Alliances of population groups probably would have worked better.
Tuesday a BBC News headline reads "Hillary Clinton 'secures Democratic nomination' - AP" but you read that first HERE.
The Associated Press reported Monday night that Democrat Hillary Clinton had gathered enough delegates to become the first woman to be the presidential candidate of a major party.
AP said it had surveyed enough delegates to show that she had the 2,383 needed.
With Clinton less than 20 delegates less than the number needed it was obvious she would win Tuesday night with six primaries, starting in New Jersey.
It remained to be seen whether the rest of the media would buy the AP story, but Clinton was already firing at Trump.
Estimates differ but Clinton is within a couple dozen, or even less, of the 2,383 delegates needed to win the Democrat nomination.
[The convention starts July 25 in Philadelphia and some political pundits expect Pres. Obama to begin campaigning for Hillary Clinton as early as next week]
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