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I'll say it again....I'm so very proud to be a Democrat today.
A "fired up" President Barack Obama took the stage in North Carolina today to stump for his onetime political rival Hillary Clinton, being greeted by the crowed with thunderous applause and saying no one has been "more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton."
Clinton, fresh off the news that the FBI didn't recommend charges against her for using a private email server for government correspondence when she was secretary of state, took the stage first to chants of "Hillary, Hillary, Hillary." She said she has known Obama in many roles and called him "a friend."
"I was honored to stand with him in the good times and the hard times," she told the crowd in Charlotte. "Someone who has never forgotten where he came from. And Donald [Trump], if you're out there tweeting, it's Hawaii."
Obama told the Democrats gathered in the Charlotte Convention Center that he believes in Clinton and that he was here because he wants to "help elect her the next president of the united States of America."
"There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton. Ever," he said. "And that is the truth. That is the truth."
Obama, who has only six months left in office, reflected on going "toe to toe" with Clinton from "coast to coast" and commended her performance as his secretary of state.
"So the bottom line is, I know Hillary can do the job," he said. "And that's why I am so proud, North Carolina, to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States."
The entire event was tremendous, but this is the one line that everyone should remember:Here's the full video of the event, minus a brief satellite signal issue near the end:
WATCH: Pres. Obama: "Never been any man or woman more qualified" for presidency than Hillary Clinton -- "ever!" https://t.co/f0LYJVmvnI— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 5, 2016
This is only the beginning, folks! It's obvious that President Obama is completely stoked to finally be out there campaigning for Hillary, and this is just a warm-up for one hell of a convention speech in three weeks.
Hey, you know what? I really think we're gonna win this thing!