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    Five things to watch in Obama’s speech

    Five things to watch in Obama’s speech

    07/27/16 03:42 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — President Obama will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night with an opportunity that’s rarely been afforded to two-term presidents: help elect his successor.

    Here’s what to watch for in the president’s fourth and final convention speech as an elected official:

    Can he make the case for Clinton? Obama has two major tasks before him: touting his presidential legacy and making the case for Hillary Clinton to succeed him.

    Both goals are intrinsically linked. Obama plans to argue that the policies he’s spent the last eight years enacting will only stay in place if the White House remains in Democratic hands.

    The risk is that Obama ends up talking too much about himself and not enough about his would-be successor.

    One former senior Obama aide predicted the president’s speech will be 25 percent legacy, 25 percent party unity and 50 percent Clinton.

    “This has all become now about her,” the former aide said.

    Boosting Clinton’s image

    Clinton’s biggest obstacle to winning the White House are her low approval ratings.

    Many voters don’t like her or don’t trust her.

    While former President Bill Clinton painted a personal portrait of his wife Tuesday night that sought to soften her image, Obama aides say Obama will stand as a character witness for Clinton.

    In his speech, which has been in the works for several weeks, the president will recall her service as secretary of State as a prime example of why should be trusted and is ready to serve.

    It’s an effort to address Clinton’s major weaknesses. A CNN poll released on the convention’s first day showed 68 percent of registered voters do not see her as honest and trustworthy.

    Taking it to Trump

    The other core part of Obama’s message is that electing Republican nominee Donald Trump in November will flush his accomplishments down the toilet.

    “He's totally competitive,” said the former Obama aide. “It’s not a good thing for him and his legacy if Trump is elected. ... I think he'll be soaring. I don't think he'll be hot.”

    Going after Trump is nothing new for Obama, who has repeatedly attacked the billionaire businessman at home and abroad.

    But Wednesday’s night speech will amplify those arguments to a prime-time television audience that's expected to number in the tens of millions.
    Obama will also have new ammunition.

    In a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said he hoped the Russian government had hacked Clinton’s emails, a statement that to some sounded like an endorsement of Kremlin espionage.

    If Obama is still working on his speech, there could be some lines about the Trump comments, which took attention away from a conflict between Obama and Clinton.

    Clinton is opposed to Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, even though she backed it as a member of his team. Obama would still like to get the TPP through Congress, but that's unlikely because both Clinton and Trump oppose it.

    Appeal to Obama coalition

    Much of the Philadelphia convention has been geared toward appealing to voters who helped elect Obama to the White House twice: blacks, young people and suburban women.

    Clinton desperately needs to excite these voters if she is to win in November, when victory will likely be determined by who shows up at the polls.

    The president is expected to play a major role in that effort by touching on themes such as criminal-justice reform, LGBT rights and climate change during his address.

    Measuring up to Michelle

    Obama is competitive, and that’s a good thing for Hillary Clinton.

    First lady Michelle Obama wowed the audience on Monday with a stirring speech that framed the election as a choice between a positive role model for children and a bully who’s unfit for office. She also spoke in emotional terms about being the first black family to live in the White House and the historic nature of Clinton as the possible first female president.

    Now, the pressure is on Obama to match his wife’s performance.

    “You know what? I'm not gonna hit that bar,” President Obama told NBC. “So let me concede top speechmaking already to my wife, but I couldn't have been prouder of her.”

    But those who know Obama well say it’s in his nature to be competitive, and they expect him to deliver. “This is his jam,” said the ex-aide. “He’s the speechwriter.”

    That’s good news for Clinton, who needs Obama to deliver big to give her a convention boost.

    Polls suggest she’s trailing Trump after the last week's GOP convention. She needs to turn that around and leave Philadelphia with momentum. A big piece of that is a stirring presidential speech on Wednesday night.

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    WATCH: A protester literally just set himself on fire trying to burn an American flag; Update

    Posted at 11:11 pm on July 27, 2016 by Greg P.

    As President Obama addresses the delegates inside the Wells Fargo arena in Philadelphia, there’s a little bit of chaos outside, including this moron who set himself on fire while trying to burn the American flag:

    Best. Convention. Ever.

    UPDATE. Different protesters tried to set another American flag on fire, but failed. Apparently it was made out of some sort of non-flammable material:

    WATCH: A protester literally just set himself on fire trying to burn an American flag; Update

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