Obama’s opinion on Hillary: THEN and NOW

Clinton, Obama
Clinton, Obama

It is common to hear politicians speak against one another, especially if they are running against each other. But how common is it for politicians to sincerely change their mind about another colleague over time?

Obama, for example, did not have a high opinion of Hillary when they were opponents in 2008. Now, after 8 years, he speaks wonders about her.

In 2008, both Clinton and Obama wanted to be the Democrat nominee in the presidential election that year. And in order to sell themselves as the best the choice, they each spoke viciously about why their opponent should not be president.

Obama did not hesitate to tell everyone that Hillary had a questionable track record as Senator. He mentioned in one speech that Clinton:

took money from financial folks on Wall Street and then voted for a bankruptcy bill that makes it harder for folks … to get a fair shake.

[And she] says she is voting for the Columbia trade deal. Turns out her top adviser, her top strategist was working for the Columbian government to get the bill passed.

[Clinton also] has taken more money from lobbyists that any other candidate democratic or republican.

Clinton is now the Democrats candidate this presidential election, and Obama spoke at the Democrat National Convention about why she is the best person to replace him as President.

He mentioned that Hillary has a lifelong track record that shows:

[her] Fighting for higher wages and better benefits and a fair tax code and a bigger voice for workers and stronger regulation on Wall Street.

And most importantly, he stressed that

She got specific ideas to invest in new jobs, to help workers share in their company’s profits.

After comparing Obama’s contradictory opinions about the current Democrat nominee, people should wonder whether the President was sincere when spoke at the DNC.

Does he really believe that Clinton has changed in the last 8 years or was his loyalty to the Democrat Party that made him say:

There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill [Clinton], nobody- more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America?

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Maria Robles is a recent graduate from New Jersey City University. She believes that everyone should be informed about current issues affecting our society.