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Obama Hits the Campaign Trail in Philadelphia: Praises Clinton, Roasts Trump

Today, President Obama proved to be one of the most valuable surrogates for the Clinton campaign. He fired up an already enthusiastic crowd in downtown Philadelphia as he made the case for electing Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States. Obama praised Clinton for her hard work and lifelong commitment to making the world a better place.

He expressed surprise at Donald Trump’s support from the middle-class.  He pointed out that Donald Trump “spent 70 years on Earth showing no concern for working people” while leaving a trail of unpaid workers, people who felt they were cheated, and law suits behind him.

President Obama asked the audience to knock on doors, make phone calls, register voters, and do whatever it takes to ensure victory in November. He ended his speech by saying, “We will continue on this journey to create a better America, a fairer America, a more just America, a more loving America, a brighter America.”

Only one person can rival President Obama on the campaign trail and that’s the current First Lady. Michelle Obama will campaign for Hillary Clinton on Friday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She will speak to the audience about the importance of registering to vote and electing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

View President Obama’s Speech and partial transcript below:

Partial transcript:

I am really into electing Hillary Clinton. This is not me going through the motions here. I really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton. And sometimes folks are surprised by that because they remember a tough fight years ago. And it was tough. Because Hillary’s tough…I had seen what she could accomplish. I had seen how smart, savvy, and tough she was. So, I asked her to join my team.

For 4 years, I had a front row seat. I watched her intelligence, her judgment, her discipline. I saw her in the situation room where she argued in favor of the mission for Bin Laden. I watched her pursue diplomacy to open up new partnerships, to help promote democracy, to help reduce the nuclear threat. She worked hard, tirelessly, flying around the world…because she had never forgotten what she was fighting for. To make sure every child has the same opportunities as her grand-daughters, her daughter.

Nobody fully understands the demands of my job until you actually sit behind that desk. I didn’t understand it before I had my job. You think you do. What you come to realize when you’re in this job, is anybody can fire off a tweet. Everybody is a critic. But that doesn’t mean you know what it’s like to manage a global crisis. You don’t know what it’s like to send a group of young people to war knowing some wont come back. But the closest you can come to understanding what it’s like, is to be where Hillary has been, to have been part of those decisions. She knows what it means for working families and senior citizens and small business owners and soldiers and veterans when we make policy in the White House. And in the middle of crises, she will listen to people, she treats everybody with respect and no matter how daunting the odds or how many times people knock her down, she does not quit. That’s the Hillary I know. That’s why I want to get her elected. That’s the Hillary I have come to admire. I believe there has never been a man or woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as our president.

Let’s talk about Mr.Trump. He’s not really a plan guy or a fact guy. He calls himself a business guy, but America’s got a lot of business men and women who succeeded without hiding their tax returns, leaving a trail of law suits, workers who didn’t get paid, people who felt like they got cheated. I keep reading that Trump’s got support from working folks. Really? This is the guy who spent 70 years on Earth showing no concern for working people. This guy is suddenly going to be your champion? He spent most of his life trying to stay as far away from working people as he could. He wasn’t going to let you on his golf course, but now this guy is going to be your champion? So yes, if you oppose raising the minimum wage, you should vote for Trump.

But if you are actually concerned about paying your bills, growing the economy, creating opportunity for everybody, keeping the trend of rising incomes and rising wages going, and uninsured going down and poverty going down, if that’s what you’re looking for, this shouldn’t even be close. If you want higher wages, better benefits, a fairer tax code, a bigger voice for workers, stronger regulations on Wall Street then you should be voting for Hillary Clinton.

And if you’re concerned about who is going to keep your family safe in this dangerous world, then the choice is even clearer. Hillary has worked with our intelligence teams and our diplomats and our military. She’s got the judgment, the temperament, and the experience to meet any threat. There is no scenario she will not have seen before. She will see to it that our troops finish the job of defeating ISIL and doing it the right way without resorting to torture or banning entire religions from our country. She’s prepared to be the next Commander-in-Chief.

I need you to make phone calls. You’ve got to talk to your friends, including your Republican friends. You’ve got to register to vote and you’ve got to go to the polls and get people to the polls. And if you do that with me, we’ll win in November. We’ll elect Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States. We will continue on this journey to create a better America, a fairer America, a more just America, a more loving America, a brighter America. That’s what we’re fighting for. That’s why I need you. Let’s get busy. Let’s get to work.

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