Last night, Barack Hussein Obama attempted to bring a fractured Democratic Party back together with a fiery endorsement speech of their Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately for Petulant President Pantywaist, he and the Queen of Mean had already been relegated to second place in the 24-Hour News Cycle.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
About last night…
Foxnews.com reports that
President Obama and Tim Kaine tag-teamed to deliver a scorching warm-up Wednesday for Hillary Clinton to accept the party’s nomination for president at the Democratic convention, with the president accusing Republican Donald Trump of only offering “slogans” and “fear” – and Clinton’s newly tapped running mate almost upstaging the commander-in-chief with his gusty impression of the billionaire’s New Yawk bravado. Framing the election as a choice between pessimism and optimism, Obama endorsed Clinton as a tough and tenacious leader, saying “she is fit” and “ready” to be the next commander-in-chief – while rejecting Trump’s claim that only he can cure the nation’s ills.
“America is already great. America is already strong,” Obama said. “And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”
Of Clinton, he said: “There has never been a man or a woman – not me, not Bill, nobody – more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.”
As the kicker, Clinton surprised the crowd by showing up onstage with Obama at the end of his speech, the two of them hugging and waving to delegates who were holding up “thank you” signs.
The president’s convention embrace of his one-time political rival is sure to fuel a central charge of Republicans in the general election – that Clinton represents a third Obama term, and the status quo. Without question, the sitting president depends on his former secretary of state to help preserve his legacy, and fend off recurring Republican attempts to repeal ObamaCare, upend environmental regulations and more.
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To that end, Obama and a host of speakers on the convention’s third night intensified their attacks on Trump, as they talked up Clinton’s qualifications.
“The Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either,” Obama said. “He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.”
Obama also used the platform to defend his record in office, declaring he’s “more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.”
Trump countered on Twitter: “Our country does not feel ‘great already’ to the millions of wonderful people living in poverty, violence and despair.”
The night in Philadelphia was replete with barbed insults even as the musical acts kept returning to themes of “love” and understanding. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid lit into Trump earlier in the night, calling him a “hateful con man” and “egomaniac.” Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, an ex-Clinton primary rival, gave a fiery speech calling Trump a “bully racist.”
Obama’s address, marking a passing of the torch to the woman he defeated for the nomination eight years ago, was delivered shortly after delegates finalized the party’s 2016 ticket. In an overwhelming voice vote, they nominated Virginia Sen. Kaine for vice president.
Kaine himself, after starting off talking family and faith, shifted gears in the second half and shelved his nice-guy persona to deliver a broadside against Trump, as he accepted the VP nomination from his party.
“Hillary has a passion for kids and families. … Donald Trump has a passion too: It’s himself,” Kaine said. The senator was merciless after that. He went on to mock Trump, imitating his Queens accent when he says, “Believe me.”
“We’re gonna destroy ISIS so fast — believe me! There’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns — believe me!” Kaine bellowed, as the crowd roared with laughter. “Here’s the thing. Most people, when they run for president, they don’t just say ‘believe me.’ They respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done. … You cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.”
The senator also delivered several lines in Spanish as he recalled his long-ago work with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras.
While he was speaking, the Trump campaign was firing out press releases ripping Kaine as a “job killer” and part of the Washington establishment.
The sitting vice president, Joe Biden, also went after Trump on all fronts, saying the billionaire businessman would endanger national security – and lacks compassion.
“He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarkey,” Biden said.
Remnants of the noisy factions that have disrupted proceedings since the week’s start flared up again during the Kaine voice vote – with a large section of the California delegation chanting, “Roll call! Roll call!” – and during ex-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s remarks. But some of the unrest has subsided, as party elders have methodically worked since Sunday – when they ousted party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over a leaked email scandal – to convince Bernie Sanders’ soldiers to lay down their arms.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had considered an independent presidential run before ruling it out, made a late appearance Wednesday – with an endorsement that could help Clinton reach out to vital independents whom Trump also is courting, and a bagful of zingers aimed squarely at his fellow billionaire.
“Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us!” Bloomberg said, calling him a “dangerous demagogue” and claiming it’s “imperative” to elect Clinton.
The focus of the third convention night was heavy on gun control, global warming and even national security, an issue largely absent from the first two nights.
Obama delivered his address just weeks after his Justice Department closed the books on its investigation into Clinton’s improper use of a private server and email while secretary of state, opting to pursue no charges. Despite allegations from Republicans of political favoritism, the decision helped clear away one of the last major hurdles to her nomination going into the Philadelphia convention.
Together, the speakers Wednesday set the stage for Clinton to deliver her nomination acceptance speech and close out the convention Thursday night, after becoming Tuesday the first woman in U.S. history nominated for president by a major party.
The president’s speech Wednesday effectively kicks off Obama’s general election role as a chief Clinton surrogate. The New York Times reported that aides mostly have cleared his calendar for October and expect him to be on the trail regularly for Clinton until the election.
So, King Barack the First has named the Queen of mean as his successor to the Throne of the Regime.
The giving of Obama’s blessings was supposed to be the penultimate moment of the day, with one “historic president” endorsing another.
However, as Robert Burns once observed,
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Earlier in the day, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump did something unprecedented himself: He held a press conference in the middle of the opposing political party’s convention…and stole the spotlight from the Dems.
And, brother, are they ticked about it.
The Godfather of Conservative Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, describes what happened.
Donald Trump just hijacked the Democrat convention after the biggest night of that convention so far. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, just concluded, right in time for this program to begin. (They got the memo.)He just concluded a freewheeling, no-holds-barred, no-controls-on-the-media, “Whatever you want to ask me, ask me,” press conference the day after the supposedly biggest event yet in the Democrat National Convention. He just totally hijacked it, and he was brilliant. He was on his game. This was the Trump from last fall. He was confident, he was hilarious, he was taking no BS from anyone in the media. He was challenging Hillary to do the same thing and calling her out, saying she hasn’t done a press conference in over a year.
And she can’t do what Trump did today. Hillary Clinton intellectually, personality-wise, is not capable. She’s not capable of doing what Donald Trump did today. I have never seen a Republican presidential nominee even get involved in the Democrat convention. My experience is that the playbook in the professional, insider world of politics is that when one party is having its convention, the other party goes silent. They don’t run any ads, they don’t do any press conferences, they don’t do any appearances — or very few. It’s a courtesy. It’s a courtesy and tradition, I guess, that’s been extended. There have been violations, of course, here and there over the years. But, for the most part, it is a time-honored tradition that has been honored. Now, during the Republican convention, yeah, the Democrats have daily reaction to it; that always happens.
But what Trump did today, I have never seen in my lifetime: A Republican presidential nominee go out and do a 10-minute, 30-minute, much less one-hour press conference and just refuting everything he’s heard at the Democrat convention to date. He just blew it up. And, in addition to that, he answered questions about this email business and the hack and the Russians and so forth.
It just has the media outraged. They can’t believe that Trump said some of the things that he said when he was commenting before he took questions on the speech by Bill Clinton last night — which we’re gonna get into, of course. Hang in there. Trump said — and this is classic. This is a classic demonstration that he has a performer’s ego and understands how to deploy it. He said, “I kept waiting.
“There was a chapter in that story I recall and I wanted to hear about it. I kept waiting for it and waiting for it; I never heard that chapter.” He was waiting for the media to ask, “What chapter, Mr. Trump? What chapter?” And he wasn’t gonna answer the question ever. That was the point. But he teased ’em. He titillated ’em. “I kept waiting to hear the one chapter. The speech was actually kind of boring,” Trump said of Clinton’s speech. “It was actually kind of boring.
“I was waiting for the one chapter that could have jazzed it up, but I didn’t hear that chapter.” Well, everybody knows what he’s referring to. The thing… And there were a couple of them today. We are working on rolling off the audio right now, so I’m just giving you snippets from my extensive memory, and I’m paraphrasing things that Trump said. But this one, this one… I mean, the media everywhere on both sides of the aisle is just about to have a cow over this one.
…I am in awe here. This just has not been done. This is a literally hijacking. Like I was saying, I expected the first thing out of my mouth today and for awhile was gonna be the Bill Clinton speech last night. And I heard that Trump was gonna do a presser from Miami, and I said, “Okay, cool.” But it wasn’t until halfway through, maybe not even halfway through it that I realized the first thing I’m gonna do talking about today is Donald Trump, not Bill Clinton.
…It was fun to watch, and it was right on. He was clever, he was informed, and he was not stumped on a single question. And he knew how to push their buttons. He was measured. He was funny, not… I mean, you watch it. It was masterful when you see it. And I know that some of you are not Trump people, and you might have a bit of resentment for this assessment. I’m just telling you, as a performance, as a political event, it was primo.
Yesterday’s press conference was a brilliant move by Trump.
He literally stopped whatever momentum the Democrats had acquired during their fractured, ill-executed convention by doing something that Clinton has not done in over a year: hold a press conference and actually answer questions.
And, the thing is, she can’t.
Her stilted personality and inability to think on her feet makes responding to Trump with a press conference of her own an unsound political strategy.
Oh, she will recite a pre-written speech today as the Democratic Police Line-up and National Convention mercifully draws to an end, attacking Trump and calling him everything but a Child of God, but spontaneity is not her forte.
And, besides, the God of Abraham has been barred from the Democratic Party and their National Convention…or so they, in their smugness, believe.
But, I digress…
The Queen of Mean is going to have to use every bit of illicit and foreign donations currently residing in the vault of the Clinton Foundation in order to have a chance to turn around her rapidly-tanking poll numbers.
Personally, at this stage in the game, I don’t believe that it can be done.
Thanks to WikiLeaks and the all-seeing eye of today’s “New Media” yesterday’s unforeseen press conference by Trump was the final blow in the disassembling of this year’s Democratic Convention, sending a political body blow to its Presidential Candidate’s aspiration to be the successor to King Barack The First.
Trump refuses to dance the Washingtonian Two-Step.
As I have said before, Trump is a throwback to the early days of our Constitutional Republican.
He is a “Citizen Statesman”, not a Professional Politician.
To quote the old Beatles song.
You say you want a Revolution?
Until He Comes,