There was a cry from the excitement generated by Barack Obama’s appearance on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
His supporters, many of who are now Hillary Clinton supporters, showed their preference for more of the same as they yelled the phrase “four more years!”.
That would be a midsummer night’s dream to a president who, in his last mission, acts as a mediator between the two sides in the Democratic Party: those who stand behind Hillary Clinton, and a sizeable group of voters who stood next to Bernie Sanders.
For Obama supporters, it seemed hard to let go of their messiah. Many participants at the conventions chanted “I love you” or “Yes we can” during his speech.
There were tears in the eyes of many attendees at the climax of the day, in an act that symbolized the transfer of the baton from Obama to Clinton.
Facing the vision expressed in Cleveland a week ago by Donald Trump, the answer seemed to be “the audacity of hope”, the title of a book allegedly written by Obama. “I am more optimistic than ever about the future of America,” he said.
In his speech he attacked Trump with his usual brilliant rhetoric. “No one threatens our values, whether fascist, communist, jihadist or a local demagogue, in the end they always lose.”
“There has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the country”. Obama said. He is also considering that Clinton will continue to build on however little he has accomplished as president, to continue his legacy of eight years.
Analysts, however, said that Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president of the United States, entered the campaign with the intention of creating her own legacy or perhaps of bringing back some of what was done during her husbands presidency.
The external threat of a criminal case on the issue of e-mails and the internal revolution led by Bernie Sanders, Obama says, made him open his eyes.
At the end of the speech, Hillary Clinton stormed the stage. Both President and candidate melted in a warm embrace. A satisfied Bill Clinton and an excited daughter, Chelsea, applauded at the time that Hillary and Obama staged their fraternity.
It became clear that the president is one of the best assets in the campaign. That image of continuity, a third term is also a challenge to convey that she is a member of the Establisment, which is why Obama prefers to focus on convenient talking points.
“What I heard in Cleveland is a deeply pessimistic view, no solutions to the problems, only the spread of resentment, anger and hatred,” said Obama. He did not miss the chance to reply to Trump’s “I am your voice” moment. “Can anyone believe that a character who has spent nearly 70 years on earth without showing consideration for the working people is suddenly going to be your advocate?”, asked Obama.