Monday, November 07, 2016

The Done with Donald Chronicles: Obama's Bet

The Clinton campaign's official end was a monstrous rally in Philadelphia.  Some 40,000 people gathered outside of Independence Hall.  The line to get in reportedly stretched for four miles.

Bruce Springsteen sang. Chelsea Clinton introduced Bill Clinton, who introduced The Closer, Michelle Obama, who made her very incisive pitch, noting again that elections turn on a difference of 15 votes per precinct, and getting 15 voters among friends and family to the polls is a doable number.

Michelle introduced President Obama.  This was in its way a farewell for them, and a chance for the crowd to roar its appreciation.  President Obama recalled the sentiments that made him famous.  Not only following "Yes, We Can" with "Yes, We Did," but hope and change.“I am betting that tomorrow that you will reject fear and choose hope."    

And so President Obama introduced Hillary Clinton, who told the crowd: “So make no mistake, our core values are being tested in this election. We know enough about my opponent — we know who he is. The real question for us is what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we want to build for our children."

"And always, always, love trumps hate."

Earlier in the day:
Final national polls show Hillary with a lead of from 3 to 6 points.

The Dow was so relieved that Hillary is ahead that it zoomed up 371 points.  But then that's just more evidence of the International J**ish banking conspiracy the orange-faced fuhrer has revealed.

Friday's job report by the way is not making news because it was so good.  Unemployment down below 5 percent (the contemporary measure of "full employment") with wages up.  But of course that, too, is just more evidence of...etc. etc.

Election Day weather is expected to be pretty good almost everywhere.  (I'm not sure, but that might also be part of the conspiracy.)

Monday marked the last campaign speeches Barack Obama will make as President.  (He says ever, but I wouldn't count on that.)  He got a bit nostalgic at his last solo speech in New Hampshire.  You might recall that he made his famous "Yes, We Can" speech that inspired a generation or two in New Hampshire--the night he lost the primary to Hillary Clinton.

President Obama  with the "highest election day approval rating in recent history" on Election Day for a successor, now at 56%.  Better than Reagan after his 8 years.

"In the waning days of a bitter, exhausting, enervating election season, President Obama has often seemed to be the only person in America who is still having fun," said the WPost, which asserts the clear winners of the campaign are the Obamas.

What President Obama represents is more than suggested by another WPost story, about a boy with cerebral palsy whose wheel chair was assaulted as he was ejected from a Trump rally, and who at a Hillary rally met President Obama.

For some reason, Politico published a fascinating insiders report of Election Day 2008, as Senator Barack Obama became President. Learn inside terminology like  "negative flake!"

But nervous Dems may also recall 2004 when exit polls showed John Kerry was on his way to victory.  You'll never guess where (Secretary of State) John Kerry is on this election day.  Antarctica.  Not kidding. Couldn't get any farther away than that.

 Hillary Clinton's expected victory tomorrow will be a sweet relief.  But nothing will ever come close to 2008:

And so the last eloquent words come from President Obama, ending his speech for Hillary in Philadelphia:

"I’m betting that tomorrow, most mom and dads across America won’t vote for someone that denigrates their daughters from the highest office in the land. I’m betting that most Americans won’t vote for someone who considers minorities and immigrants and people with disabilities as inferior, who considers people who practice different faiths as objects of suspicion.

I’m betting that tomorrow that true conservatives won’t cast their vote for someone with no regard for the Constitution. I’m betting that young people turn out to vote because your future is at stake. I’m betting that men across the country will have no problem voting for the more qualified candidate who happens to be a woman.

I’m betting that African Americans will vote in big numbers because this journey we’ve been on has never been about the color of a president but the content of his or her character.

 I’m betting that America will reject a politics of resentment and a politics of blame, and choose a politics that says we’re stronger together. I am betting that tomorrow, you will reject fear, and you’ll chose hope. I’m betting that the wisdom and decency and generosity of the American people will once again win the day. And that is a bet that I have never, ever lost.”

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