Update: President Barack Obama praised Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Click here for all the details, including how he bashed Donald Trump.
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The current POTUS will take the main stage at Wells Fargo Center at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Us Weekly is following and livestreaming the political event online all week.
According to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, “It’s up to President Obama tonight to finish the job. He’ll talk about how he turned a former rival into a loyal partner.” (Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.)
Obama’s address is the headlining event of the night, which is themed “Working Together.” The commander in chief is expected to discuss what the United States accomplished as a nation during his eight-year presidency, as well as how Clinton, 68, will keep the momentum going.
“I think he will talk about what the country has accomplished together since ,” principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz teased during a White House briefing on Tuesday, July 26. “Whether that’s coming back from the brink of economic collapse to the longest stretch of private-sector job growth in the nation’s history, or whether that’s changing the way the world views the United States for the better.”
He continued, “As you’ve heard from him over the past few weeks, the president has been candid on why he thinks electing the Republican nominee [Donald Trump] is a risky path for the United States. The president is aware of the importance of the speech. Obviously, the national conventions come around once every four years. They are a high-profile moment. And the president believes, as he’s said, the stakes are high in this campaign.”
According to ABC News' Stephanopoulos, Obama isn't expected to directly bash Trump. “I think he will leave the job of attacking Donald Trump — if he can help himself — to Tim Kaine, his debut on the national stage tonight," Stephanopoulos explained on Wednesday.
First Lady Michelle Obama previously gave a powerful DNC speech on Monday, July 25, when she spoke about the first couple’s daughters, Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, and how future generations would benefit from having Clinton as POTUS.
Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton’s vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, are also expected to speak on Wednesday night.
Stay tuned to Us Weekly for more updates and to watch President Obama’s 2016 DNC speech via livestream, which will start at approximately 10 p.m. ET.
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