Transcript Of President Obama's DNC Remarks Were Powerful & Moving


There have already been plenty of can’t-miss speakers at the Democratic National Convention so far. But, before Hillary Clinton takes the stage and formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night, voters heard President Barack Obama’s DNC speech and it was, perhaps, one of the most moving moments of the week. On the third night of the convention, July 27, the current and soon-to-be-former POTUS spoke on the night’s theme — “Working Together” — to further extend his support for Clinton, the first woman ever to earn presidential nomination for a major party.

Obama’s remarks were the headlining event of the night and after first lady Michelle Obama’s powerful speech on Monday night, it was certainly a tough act to follow. But, viewers at home and those in the audience at the Philadelphia arena were moved by the president’s speech. And although Obama has already endorsed Clinton and publicly supported her campaign, his appearance on Wednesday night furthered his mission to unify the the Democratic party. Just last month, Obama said that no one is "more qualified for this office" than Clinton, while referencing his experience with Clinton in 2008 when the two went head-to-head over the Democratic presidential nomination.

"It’s up to President Obama tonight to finish the job," ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos noted. "He’ll talk about how he turned a former rival into a loyal partner."

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 05: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and U.S. president Barack Obama greet supporters during a campaign rally on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton is campaigning with president Obama in North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Obama’s speech followed many speakers who touched on gun control, including many several family members of mass shooting victims and police-involved shootings. He addressed the anger, sadness, and insecurity many Americans have felt recently over these horrific events and how Clinton's political experience would help to change that.

The president also reflected on his time in office and recounted the progress he’s made over the past eight years as president and what the United States has accomplished as a nation.

Many were wondering if Obama would use his time on stage to attack Donald Trump, but he used it wisely. It was expected that the president would take a few digs at Trump, but would ultimately use the majority of his speech to make Clinton more relatable to voters.  

According to NPR, Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta said that "the president likes to get his licks in every now and then on Donald Trump," and Obama's DNC speech definitely proved as much, even if not all his barbs were blatantly obvious.

In his speech tonight, Obama spoke highly of Clinton and held his support for the Democratic party. It won’t be known until that fateful day in November if his words at the convention were truly able to unite the party to bring Clinton into office, but they surely they made a difference.

A full transcript of President Obama’s remarks can be found below (this transcript will be updated throughout the night):

The president may be leaving the White House soon, but if his final DNC appearance is any indication, it's a sure bet that he won't be forgotten any time soon.