Obama passes baton to Clinton, imploring nation to elect her

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton has the stage.

The former first lady, senator and vanquished-candidate-turned-secretary-of-state stepped out of the shadows of presidents past. Clinton appeared unannounced on the platform at her nominating convention Wednesday, pointed a finger at President Barack Obama and gave him a hug.

Clinton had just been anointed the inheritor of Obama’s legacy in his speech, and the candidate who could realize the “promise of this great nation.”

Obama said: “She’s been there for us.”

Wednesday highlighted the diversity Democrats have sought to frame the whole week: A black man symbolically seeking to hand the weightiest baton in the free world to a woman. It culminated a parade of speeches over the last 72 hours highlighting the party’s wide range of supporters.

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