President Obama will tell the story of “what is right with America” in his address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, as he urges the party to rally behind Hillary Clinton as a candidate of hope and promise rather than fear and despair.
The country has “real anxieties,” Obama says in a portion of his prepared remarks released by the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
But he sees a land of optimism and ingenuity, the text says, with people “working hard and starting businesses, people teaching kids and serving our country.”
On 7/27/16 at approximately 10:50pm, seven individuals unlawfully entered through the outer perimeter fence and entered a Secret Service designated secure zone. The seven individuals were immediately detained without incident by Philadelphia Police and subsequently arrested by Secret Service personnel. At no point did the individuals enter the Wells Fargo Center. The seven individuals will be charged with 18 U.S. Code 1752, Entering Restricted Area. They have been transported to the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center.
Some Republican operatives and commentators sounded off about President Obama's speech on Twitter, remarking that it was optimistic compared to Donald Trump's speech last week.
Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, tweeted, "they're trying to take all our stuff" after Obama invoked President Reagan's use of the phrase "shining city on a hill" to describe the United States.
American exceptionalism and greatness, shining city on hill, founding documents, etc--they're trying to take all our stuff
It’s unusual for a retiring president to go on the offensive so directly against one of the candidates running to succeed him. A traditionalist might consider it unbecoming. In 2008, for example, George W. Bush never talked that way about Barack Obama.
But Obama not only holds Trump in contempt (he has ridiculed him before); he clearly views the Republican nominee as a direct threat to his legacy. Not merely the political legacy of his economic stimulus, his healthcare law and his energy projects, but – more important – the legacy of his battered but still lovely 2012 dream of "One America."