‘America is already great’: Obama endorses Clinton and passes the baton | Daily briefing

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Barack Obama took to the Democratic national convention stage in Philadelphia to give an optimistic and emotional endorsement of Hillary Clinton that drew sharp distinction between the Democratic message and what he called Donald Trump’s bag of “resentment, blame and anger and hate”. In a Wednesday night address that carried the weight of a valediction, Obama warned that “home-grown demagogues will always fail” and said Trump is neither a “plans guy” or “a facts guy”. The departing president was joined on stage by Hillary Clinton, making her first, surprise, appearance.

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