Obama Does Demolition Job On ‘The Donald’
It was a piercing, excoriating, methodical takedown of Donald Trump’s vision of America.
Barack Obama, who eight years ago swept to power on the promise of “Hope and Change”, had a simple message: Yes, we still can and Hillary Clinton is the only candidate to help the country do it.
He could have gone after the Republican Party, casting Donald Trump as their fault.
Instead, he suggested the ideas the billionaire businessman put forward in Cleveland last week were not Republican and not Conservative.
It was an oddly bipartisan call for unity, identifying “The Donald” as the singular problem and giving the Republicans a kind of opt out.
The crowd was gripped from the moment Obama walked on stage and soon, a realisation for those on the floor: The White House may never host a greater orator.
Despite his divisive presidency, his eloquence is indisputable.
He delivered a full-frontal attack on Trump’s brand of patriotism, celebrating how “great” he believes America already is and stating that he was now more optimistic than ever.
The President’s right hand man, Joe Biden, also delivered a withering demolition job.
He was his classic folksy-self, affable and theatrical in equal measure.
In what felt like an overdue address, he said: “This man doesn’t have a clue about the middle class.” The crowd roared with enthusiasm.
But the new Democratic VP pick, Senator Tim Kaine, a far more pragmatic choice and a senator from a swing state, was a lot slower off the blocks.
He was perhaps most energetic when slipping into Spanish. His real test lies ahead.
Overall though, they acted as a persuasive triumvirate, focusing on Clinton’s political record and her refusal to give up. Her supporters in the crowd were convinced it was the boost she needed.
But even these high profile and popular speakers had their speeches peppered with some dissenting Bernie voices.
The big challenge now is how many are willing to jump ship.