I went back to read the transcript of President Bill Clinton’s rousing endorsement of President Barack Obama during the latter’s reelection fight four years ago. At the DNC convention in Charlotte, N.C., Clinton said the following which helped to convince Americans that Obama truly deserved another term in office, “President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. Listen to me, now. No president — no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”
Then Obama, four years later last night, 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.”
And you recall how, immediately after Clinton’s speech Obama came on stage from nowhere to give Elvis a hug? Well, that was also what we witnessed last night when Hillary materialized from nowhere to hug the president physically with gratitude after his barnburner of a speech defending and endorsing her so rousingly, the same way she had hugged the president repeatedly but symbolically on the debate stage when she defended him against ongoing Republican attacks and Bernie Sanders’s occasional putdowns.
Like Clinton did for him, Obama will help Hillary win this election. As only he can, Obama will be most ferocious and devastating and effective as he sails into Trump, both as an act of revenge and as an act of higher purpose. There shall be no prisoners taken, nor lives spared. On the night Hillary is announced Madam President, I predict the first person she’ll pick up the phone to thank may be the president, the same way he, too, grabbed the phone and called to offer his gratitude to Clinton before going on to thank the many others who had helped him win his reelection.
One good turn, they say, deserves another. And that’s a beautiful thing in this dangerous world we live in.