President Obama Vouches For Hillary Clinton’s ‘Judgment And Commitment’ In First Joint Campaign Appearance

In his first appearance on the campaign trail for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama backed his former secretary of State at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, which will certainly be a key state come general election time this upcoming November.

Hillary Clinton, fresh off the news that she will indeed not be charged by the FBI for using a private email server during her tenure at the State Department, seemed to be in great spirits on Wednesday as she and President Obama displayed a sense of party unity that up until today hasn’t been on public display. The Associated Press is reporting that Clinton and Obama flew to Charlotte together on Air Force One and rode to the rally together in Obama’s armored limo, “The Beast,” while looking at pictures of Hillary’s newborn grandson, Aidan.

President Obama Vouches For Hillary Clinton's "Judgment And Commitment" In First Joint Campaign Appearance
[AP Photo/Susan Walsh]

As onlookers chanted “HILLARY! HILLARY!”, President Obama, once a foe of Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries, fondly remembered the battles he shared with the former First Lady eight years ago.

“We may have gone toe to toe, from coast to coast, but we stood shoulder to shoulder for the ideals that we share.”

“She knew every fact, ever detail… Even when things didn’t go her way, she just stands up stronger.”

In turn, Hillary told glowing tales of her time in Obama’s administration, traveling all across the globe to represent his foreign policy and spoke of tales of being in the Situation Room during the raid that ultimately killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and crashing a meeting with the Chinese at a global climate summit. Clinton says that Obama has never received the credit that he deserves for leading the recovery of the country’s economy.

“He’s made difficult, even unpopular, decisions for the good of our country.”

Hillary also couldn’t resist getting in a jab or two at her Republican Party counterpart, presidential hopeful Donald Trump, in the process. Trump has long maintained and tried to prove that President Obama was born outside of the United States.

“I was honored to stand with in the good times and the bad times, someone who has never forgotten where he came from. And, Donald, if you’re out there tweeting, it’s Hawaii.”

Donald Trump was indeed on Twitter as the rally was taking place, making his beliefs on today’s FBI decision known to his nearly 10 million followers. He also gave his thoughts on Obama and Hillary using Air Force One to get to the rally.

Obama couldn’t resist taking a shot at Trump as well.

“Anybody can tweet but nobody actually knows what it takes.”

Obama reaffirmed his belief that Hillary actually does know what it takes to be the leader of a nation.

President Obama Vouches For Hillary Clinton's "Judgment And Commitment" In First Joint Campaign Appearance
[AP Photo/John Bazemore]

“I’m here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton. I have had a front-row seat to her judgment and her commitment.”

Hillary Clinton and President Obama had originally planned to hold their first joint appearance back on June 15 in Wisconsin. However, the mass shooting in Orlando changed those plans, and instead of trying to sway Bernie Sanders supporters there, the call was made to hold today’s rally in North Carolina. CNN reports that Clinton aides believe that the state is a must-win for Trump, who will actually be campaigning in Raleigh later this evening. Obama was the first Democrat in more than three decades to win North Carolina, escaping narrowly in the 2008 election before losing it to Mitt Romney in 2012.

Following President Obama on the campaign trail will be Vice President Joe Biden, who’ll join up with Hillary Clinton later this week in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

[AP Photo/Chuck Burton]