I’m asking you to choose hope.
How we keep moving forward.
When I asked Hillary Clinton to be secretary of state, I had only known her about four years—two of which we’d just spent running against each other in the Democratic primary.
But when you run against someone for office, you get to see them up close, for better or worse. And what struck me over and over again was that there was never a moment—not in an interview or a debate—when Hillary wasn’t totally prepared, where she wasn’t sharp or steady on her feet. She made me a better candidate.
So when it came down to picking a secretary of state, someone I would trust to be by my side in matters of diplomacy and national security, Hillary was the obvious choice because the person I got to know during that campaign was a fierce fighter and a dedicated public servant. And the first time we sat down together for a meeting, I was reminded that we weren’t so different. We both got our start as young lawyers who chose to work on social justice issues in local communities—something we’ve both striven to keep doing, even at the highest levels of politics.
I made the right choice. Hillary was an outstanding secretary of state—and just as she made me a better candidate, she made me a better president, too.
Nothing fully prepares you for the challenges of the Oval Office. What’s asked of the person sitting in that chair is to face each decision with clear eyes and a cool head. To come prepared and focused—but also to know when to ask for help, to seek out compromise, to sometimes to admit when you are wrong.
Hillary is the most qualified person ever to run for this job, and that’s as much about her resume—her time as first lady, her time in the Senate, her time as secretary of state—as it is about her character.
And then there’s Donald Trump. This is a man so volatile he can be baited into a 3 a.m. tweetstorm about a former beauty pageant contestant. This is a man who mocks a disabled reporter. This is a man who says he loves our vets—but who questions the courage of our brave military men and women and dismisses the sacrifice of Gold Star parents. He insults the people who disagree with him, who don’t look like him or think like him. And he brags about harassing and mistreating women.
The presidency doesn’t change you—it reveals who you are.
Can you imagine this man sitting in the Oval Office and making life-and-death decisions about our servicemen and women? Can you image him during a global crisis, answering calls from world leaders and representing our country? Can you imagine him making the decisions that will affect you, your kids, and your family?
Trump says that he alone can fix it. That’s simply not true—that’s not how our democracy works.
Eight years ago, I asked you to put your trust in me and believe in something hard to see—hope. A promise that together, we could build a future in which our best days are ahead of us.
Today, by so many measures, we’re stronger and more prosperous. Millions of Americans who were previously denied coverage have access to health care. Couples are free to marry who they love. We’ve secured our safety at home and advanced our standing abroad. We’re investing in a generation of technology that will make our world cleaner—and made a bold commitment to combat climate change. We’ve rebounded from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, prevented another depression, and have achieved economic growth each year since. And we’re still working every day to make sure everyone has a fair shot.
That’s a future that Hillary is fighting for, and I know she can carry us forward, because Hillary’s own path has never been probable—it’s something she’s had to fight for at each and every step.
As the first female partner at a law firm in Arkansas, she had to write her own maternity policy because none existed. As first lady, after special interests blocked her health care reform plan, she didn’t stop—she got back into the ring and helped get the Children’s Health Insurance Program passed. Today, that program covers 8 million kids. When she lost the Democratic primary in 2008, she didn’t turn her back on public service. She answered the call to serve her country. And then she ran for president, again. How’s that for grit and fight?
Hillary is the role model Michelle and I want for our daughters and for kids across the country. A person who doesn’t back down when the fight is hard—but who sees a challenge and gets to work. That’s what we need in a president. That’s why we need Hillary as our next president.
Eight years ago, I asked you to believe in hope. Tomorrow, I’m asking you to choose hope again and keep our progress alive at the ballot box.
So make sure you have a plan to vote, confirm where you’ll vote, and bring your friends and family with you, too.
Let’s get this done.