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Obama On The Stump For Clinton 

By Francis Wache

Barack Obama is a spell-binding orator. His eloquence is electrifying. Invariably, he stirs and rouses his audiences with his speeches.

Unfortunately, the Obama sparkle is in its last days as President.

He is now – mostly – obsessed with his legacy.

Yet, he was at his oratorical best when he urged African-Americans to throw their electoral voices behind Clinton.

This, because Obama believes that Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State and Democratic flag-bearer for this year’s Presidential election, will be a trustworthy custodian of that legacy.

That is why, when Obama took to the campaign trail for Clinton on Saturday, September 17, he did not mince words in his unambiguous support for his onetime rival for the White House in 2008.

Speaking during a dinner organised by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Obama warned African-Americans that he would consider it a “personal insult”, if they did not turn out massively to vote for Clinton.

“I will consider it a personal insult,” Obama said, “an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election… You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote!”

Obama courted the crowd, “all the progress we’ve made is at stake in this election,” he said.

The Democratic Presidential candidate, Clinton, who also attended the event, concurred. She said: “We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone {she did not expressly name Trump!} whose dangerous and divisive vision for our country will drag us backwards.”

At the event, Clinton said of Obama: “Mr. President, not only do we know you are an American, you are a great American.”

Is there concrete reason to believe that Clinton will foster Obama’s legacy?

Clinton says, yes, because, as she narrates in her book, Hard Choices, “{Obama} gave me free rein to choose my team, relied on my advice as his chief foreign policy advisor on the major decisions on his desk, and insisted on meeting often so we could speak candidly.”

The deep bonds of collaboration coalesced into a shared vision because, “he and I generally sat down together at least once a week …

Then, there were full Cabinet meetings, national Security Council meetings, and bilateral meetings with visiting foreign leaders… I was at the White House more than seven hundred times during my four years.”

Hillary Clinton further reveals that, during her tenure as Secretary of State, “he {Obama} and I developed a strong professional relationship and, over time, forged a personal friendship… that I came to value deeply.”

And, now, as the countdown to Election Day ticks away, voters are looking forward to the time when the Bill and Hillary and Barack trio, all maestros of the art of public speaking, will hit the campaign trail and tantalise and mesmerise them with their stupendous speaking talents.

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