Philadelphia (CNN)President Barack Obama said Wednesday America is already great and does not need some “self declared savior” like Donald Trump to fix it, as he told Americans only Hillary Clinton is fit to succeed him.
Obama said Americans are not a frightened, fearful people living in a “divided crime scene” as envisioned by Trump, and can only solve their problems by coming together and being faithful to the nation’s founding ideals.
“Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way,” Obama said on the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
In what could be the final chance of his presidency to address millions of Americans during prime-time, Obama said no one is more qualified to be in the Oval Office than Hillary Clinton, placing his legacy in the hands of his one-time bitter rival.
“Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office,” Obama said. “But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions. She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, the soldier, and the veteran. Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.”
He added that no one, including himself and former President Bill Clinton, has ever been more qualified for the office.
“We’re going to carry Hillary to victory this fall, because that’s what the moment demands,” Obama said.
Earlier in the night, Vice President Joe Biden offered powerful criticism of Republican nominee Donald Trump, painting him as completely unqualified for the presidency.
“He is trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarky,” Biden said. “This guy doesn’t have a clue about the Middle Class. Not a clue.”
The crowd roared with approval, chanting “not a clue.”
Biden slammed Trump as unable to handle the complexities of a dangerous world.
“No major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security,” he said.
Biden used his address on the third night of the Democratic National Convention to appeal to middle-class voters, a group Clinton is under pressure to win over.
The vice president sought to convince average Americans that Clinton understands their concerns. Leveraging his blue-collar bona fides, he argued Clinton is intimately familiar with the economic disenfranchisement that helped power Trump’s rise.