Barack Obama: Hillary’s Greatest Asset and Most Troubling Weakness

U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appear onstage together after his speech on the third night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTSK0ES

U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appear onstage together after his speech on the third night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich – RTSK0ES

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When considering the influence the sitting president has on undecided voters, the comparison to a coin could be made.  Flip the coin to the heads side, and you get a picture of the glowing endorsement he has given to Hillary Clinton, claiming her to be the most qualified candidate in the history of the nation.  Flip the coin over, and you are reminded of the Republican convention last week, and Donald Trump’s speech which aimed to connect every failed policy of Barack Obama directly to the Democratic nominee.

Expanding on the heads side of the coin, it seems that this endorsement of Hillary from the president is the strongest we’ve seen of a sitting commander-in-chief in recent memory.  “You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office,” Obama said.  “But Hillary’s been in the room.  She’s been part of those decisions. … Even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people, and she keeps her cool; she treats everybody with respect.  And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”  This is just one of many flattering statements the president made of the former secretary of state.

Most Democrats love Obama.  They’d vote for him a third time if they could.  So when he endorses someone, you know that goes a long way.  If it weren’t for Bernie Sanders and the fact that he still has unrelenting fans lurking around the convention hall, Hillary would be the strongest nominee for Democratic Party since FDR.  Even still, she’s in decent shape.

Now, flip that coin around.  If you haven’t noticed, it looks pretty different from this side, the Republican side.  Democrats love Hillary because she’ll be the closest they can get to a third Obama term.  Republicans despise her for the same exact reason.  

“The problems we face now — poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad — will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them,” Trump proclaimed in his nomination acceptance speech. “A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes.”

Despite the fact that Obama would easily win a third term against Trump, the strong majority of Americans, around 60 or 70 percent in most polls, believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.  Trump’s best shot to win the election is to tie Hillary to her former boss as closely as he can, and that’s exactly what he’s been doing.  

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