For the first time, President Barack Obama joined presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail Tuesday (July 5) to persuade Americans to vote against Donald Trump.
The one-time adversaries turned boss and employee duo took the stage at North Carolina’s Charlotte Convention Center where Clinton multitasked praising Obama for his leadership, and took several jabs at the presumptive G.O.P nominee.
“He knows a thing or two about winning elections, take it from me,” Clinton said of her 2008 primary defeat against Obama. “And he also knows that despite all the progress we’ve made under his leadership — and yes, we have — we still have a lot of work to do.”
Clinton also reminded the crowd of Obama’s humility and where’s he comes from “And Donald, if you’re out there tweeting, it’s Hawaii,” she joked of Trump’s initial skepticism on whether or not the president was an American citizen.
Leading the crowd in a Hillary chant, Obama returned the compliments when it was his time to speak to the people. He told supporters the only reason he was there and has Clinton’s back is because of who she is.
“I’m here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton,” Obama said of his former secretary of state. “You can’t be reckless. You don’t have the luxury of saying just whatever pops in your head. You can’t just kick out reporters. You can’t go to another country and just say ‘kick them out,’ You gotta apply steady judgment, even when things don’t go your way.”
Doing his best to bolster Clinton’s reputation despite her ongoing email scandal and Benghazii Terror Attacks, the president insists Clinton is the right choice as America’s new leader.
“[I] couldn’t be prouder of the things we’ve done together,” he said. “I am ready to pass the baton. I know that Hillary Clinton is going to take it and I know she’s going to run that race.”