Viewers can watch Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech live online and see if the president can give a huge boost to his former rival at a time when she may need it the most.
It was Obama who pulled off the biggest political upset in a generation back in 2008 when he unseated Clinton’s primary bid in a fiercely fought campaign that ended with Obama in the White House and Clinton as his Secretary of State. Eight years later, Obama is headed out of office, and Clinton is seen as his political successor, something of a continuation of his two terms, who would try keep in place many key programs like Obamacare.
Barack Obama will now address the Democratic National Convention with Hillary as the nominee. The highly anticipated speech that will take place sometime in the 10 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday. A full video of Obama’s speech can be seen below.
Those who watch Barack Obama’s DNC speech live online will see what could be a high moment for Hillary Clinton at the four-day convention. While Clinton has suffered from low favorability ratings among voters, Obama is steadily on the rise with his approval ratings now topping 50 percent. A strong speech and a strong endorsement would be seen as a major boost to Clinton.
Obama’s speech will likely strike a positive tone, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told ABC News.
“I think he will talk about what the country has accomplished together since then. What the grit, ingenuity and determination of the American people have achieved over the last eight years,” Schultz said. “Whether that’s coming back from the brink of economic collapse to the longest stretch of private-sector job growth in the nation’s history, or whether that’s changing the way the world views the United States for the better.”
Obama’s speech could also help Hillary Clinton shore up what is one of her major weaknesses with voters, which is trustworthiness. Clinton has always suffered from low ratings in this area, but her reputation took an even bigger hit after the FBI investigation into her use of an unauthorized private email server during her time as Secretary of State concluded that she acted carelessly.
“As you’ve heard from him over the past few weeks, the president has been candid on why he thinks electing the Republican nominee is a risky path for the United States. But I would suggest to you that I think tomorrow night’s speech will much more focus on how Secretary Clinton has the judgment the toughness and the intellect to succeed in the Oval Office,” Schultz said.
There has already been one Obama who stole the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke on the opening night of the convention, a well-received address that touted the accomplishments of Hillary Clinton and warned about the potential dangers of Donald Trump, while not mentioning him by name.
Michelle Obama also took a direct shot at Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
“Don’t let anyone tell you that this country isn’t great. This right now is the greatest country on earth,” the first lady said (via CNN).
Coincidentally, Wednesday marks 12 years to the day that Barack Obama had his introduction to the national scene as the keynote speaker at John Kerry’s 2004 Democratic National Convention. Obama’s speech called on Americans to cast aside the political differences that divide them and instead work together toward a common future, a theme he would revisit four years later in his own bid for the presidency.
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