'I'm ready to pass the baton': Obama delivers passionate endorsement of Clinton at the DNC

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DNC 2016: Obama's impassioned speech backing Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama delivered a passionate endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a speech at the party's convention Wednesday night.

His speech was built on a message of optimism, which has been the overriding tone of the Democratic National Convention so far this week.

"I'm ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen," he said. "So this year, in this election, I'm asking you to join me — to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what's best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation."

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd after the President spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs U.S. President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young 
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs U.S. President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets U.S. President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets U.S. President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
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
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/Mike Segar
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/Carlos Barria
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton joins U.S. President Barack Obama onstage after his remarks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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/Mike Segar
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/Mike Segar
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And Obama didn't simply make the case against the Republican nominee Donald Trump. He argued strongly in favor of Clinton, a former political rival who he defeated for the presidential nomination in 2008.

"Eight years ago, you may remember Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination," Obama said. "We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary was tough. I was worn out. She was doing everything I was doing, but, just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards and in heels. Every time I thought I might have that race won, Hillary just came back stronger."

Obama and Clinton competed in a fierce primary battle in 2008. Clinton, the establishment candidate, was widely expected to win the Democratic nomination. But Obama rose to the top of the party on his message of hope and change.

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Obama and Clinton were thought to dislike each other — as evidenced by a famous moment during a debate when Obama said snidely, "You're likable enough, Hillary" — but since Obama tapped Clinton to be his secretary of state, their relationship has warmed.

"After it was all over, I asked Hillary to join my team," Obama said. "She was a little surprised, and her team was a little surprised, but ultimately, she said yes — because she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us."

Obama testified to her experience and judgment; the former has been touted as a negative attribute by her critics, and the latter has been called into question.

"For four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, and her discipline," he said. "I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn't for praise or attention — that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion."

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He then ran through some of her accomplishments, including her work at the Children's Defense Fund, on behalf of 9/11 first responders, and on the mission that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Obama made the case that Clinton's experience is invaluable, implicitly contrasting Clinton's achievements in government with Trump's lack of political experience.

"Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office," Obama said. "But until you've sat at that desk, you don't know what it's like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. But Hillary's been in the room; she's been part of those decisions."

He then cracked a joke about Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

"I can say with confidence 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," Obama said, quipping, "I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man."

Obama also went after Trump, attacking him for what many Democrats see as using rhetoric designed to invoke fear but lacking solid plans for how to fix the country's problems.

"The Donald is not really a plans guy," Obama said. "He's not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who've achieved success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated."

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UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, speaks on stage as her daughter Chelsea and husband Bill, look on, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Katy Perry performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Former Reagan Administration Official Doug Elmets speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen speak during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Pete Escovedo, left, and Tito Puente Jr. of Sheila E + Family perform at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: U.S. Senate candidate from Pennsylvania Katie McGinty speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Representative James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Carole King performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., claps as LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Sarah became the first transgender person to address a national political convention. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Musician Sheila E rehearses before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs U.S. President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley speaks during day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Dr. Jill Biden introduces her husband Vice President Joe Biden during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Former Representative Gabby Giffords walks to the podium with her husband Mike Kelly during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher Drew Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Brandon Wolf (left) and Jose Arraigada (right) are survivors of the massacre. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Actress Sigourney Weaver addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Television personality Star Jones addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUlY 27: Washington Post reporter Margaret Sullivan, right, interviews comedian Samantha Bee at the Washington Post Live space on the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday July 27, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Singer Idina Menzel (L) joins the Stars of Broadway to perform 'What the World Needs Now' honoring those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Actresses Debra Messing (L) and Kristen Bell join the Stars of Broadway to perform 'What the World Needs Now' honoring those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Actress Angela Bassett delivers remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Rosie Perez (R) joins the Stars of Broadway to perform 'What the World Needs Now' honoring those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Director/Producer Lee Daniels speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention-Day 3 at Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
Democratic vice presidential candidate Time Kaine and his wife Anne Holton wave to the crowd following his address to delegates on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Musician Lenny Kravitz performs at the 2016 Democratic National Convention-Day 3 at Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama waves after speaking during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Former candidate for President Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Bill Clinton, former U.S. President, waves during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Television personality Stephen Colbert smiles while performing on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center ahead of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Sunday, July 24, 2016. A heat wave has settled over the City of Brotherly Love as tens of thousands of delegates converge on the city for the Democratic National Convention. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Comedian Sarah Silverman, right, reacts on stage with Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Eva Longoria speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Boyz II Men perform on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Singer Demi Lovato performs her song 'Confident' on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves after speaking during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, pauses while speaking during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Joe Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Singer Paul Simon performs at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks while on stage with Lee Saunders, president of the AFSCME, center, and Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), right, during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Singer Bobby Hill performs during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Gabrielle 'Gabby' Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, speaks on stage during a walk through before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania, smiles on the floor during a walk through before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Democratic National Committee gloated as Republicans struggled to project unity during the party's national convention, but they are now facing a similar problem after their leader resigned on the eve of their own gathering. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Actress Meryl Streep speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Actress Erika Alexander speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, waves while arriving on stage during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Actress Debra Messing waves while arriving on stage during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Actors Lena Dunham, left, and America Fererra speak during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) flanked by the House Democratic women and candidates, waves to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards speaks the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Singer Andra Day performs during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Mothers of the Movement, those who have lost children to police violence, take the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26: Interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Banks smiles while speaking during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice Presidet Joseph Biden, stands on stage during a walk through before the start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite the party, following a dramatic day of internal squabbling and protests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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He continued: "Does anyone really believe that a guy who's spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice? If so, you should vote for him. But if you're someone who's truly concerned about paying your bills, if you're really concerned about pocketbook issues and seeing the economy grow, and creating more opportunity for everybody, then the choice isn't even close."

Obama also aimed to dismantle the argument that Trump would be tougher on terrorism.

"If you're rightly concerned about who's going to keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world — well, the choice is even clearer," Obama said. "Hillary Clinton is respected around the world not just by leaders, but by the people they serve."

And he made the case that Clinton is respected by world leaders who are crucial partners in the fight against terrorism.

"I have to say this — people outside the United States do not understand what's going on in this election," Obama said. "Because they know Hillary, they've seen her work. She's worked closely with our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military. And she has the judgment, the experience, and the temperament to meet the threat from terrorism. It's not new to her."

Obama continued pushing his message of hope by emphasizing that the country is already great and that we need to come together rather than allow ourselves to be divided.

And while he acknowledged Clinton's weaknesses and mistakes he attributed it to her being under a microscope from 40 years in the public eye.

"If you're serious about our democracy, you can't afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue," Obama said. "You've got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn't a spectator sport."

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