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President Obama delivered a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight, declaring that he is more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.

He said that despite all the progress of the past seven-and-a-half years, there is still more work to do to perfect our union, and that begins with a fundamental choice in this election.

"There is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, and has devoted her life to it; a mother and grandmother who’d do anything to help our children thrive; a leader with real plans to break down barriers, blast through glass ceilings, and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American – the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton."

He said that after running against Clinton in 2008, he invited her to join his team, where he had four years to witness her intelligence, judgment and discipline.

"That is the Hillary I know. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman - not me, not Bill, nobody - who has been more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America."

Obama turned his attention to Donald Trump, saying that the Republican nominee is not really a "plans guy" or a "facts guy."

"Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion, your voice?" Obama wondered.

"America is already great.  America is already strong.  And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump."

He said that Trump doesn't offer solutions, just slogans and fear-mongering.

He said that's why Clinton is going to win in November.

"I have confidence, as I leave this stage tonight, that the Democratic Party is in good hands," Obama said. "I’m ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen. This year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me – to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what’s best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation."

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