Obama brings tears as he asks nation to carry Hillary ‘the same way you carried me’ – Watch Full Video

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: US President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embrace on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 27: US President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embrace on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party’s nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

{The New York Times} – Presiding over his final Democratic National Convention Wednesday night in Philadelphia, President Barack Obama delivered a passionate defense of the ideals which fueled his own campaign and presidency: equality, diversity, hope, and change. Obama was greeted by rapturous applause and shouts of “We love you” as he took the stage to remark upon his own legacy as a Democratic President and offer his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. And while he acknowledged that Clinton has faced her share of fair criticism over the course of her 40-plus years in the public eye, he reiterated that against Donald Trump, she was singularly qualified and the nation’s best hope for a stable, prosperous, and peaceful society.

“She’s been there for us — even if we haven’t always noticed — and if you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue,” he said.

The President also wielded the speech, broadcast to some 25 million viewers across the country, as a tool to discredit Trump, saying he posed a threat to the nation’s values.

“That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end,” he said.

Obama’s speech followed that of Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who spoke to the crowd in both Spanish and English about Hillary’s ability to increase opportunity for all Americans, as well as speeches by Vice President Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, and Leon Panetta. It was the President, however, who brought the room to tears with his goodbye speech, urging the nation like he did in his first convention speech in 2008 to reject cynicism, reject fear, and optimistically elect Hillary Clinton to be the next president.

Watch the speech below.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.