President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was a heartfelt and optimistic tribute to American greatness as much as it was an endorsement for nominee Hillary Clinton. He focused on American values that can unite citizens across all parties – values that the Republican old guard sees being stripped away by nominee Donald Trump and his fans.
Obama drew praise from conservative commentators who disagree with many of his policies, but recognize his values as truly American. While they don’t like the look of Obama’s America, it is wildly preferable to Trump’s America which refuses to espouse the values our nation was founded upon.
Here are a few of our favorites from the conservative tweet storm that followed Obama’s speech:
John Podhoretz was a speech writer for Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Take about five paragraphs out of that Obama speech and it could have been a Reagan speech. Trust me. I know.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 28, 2016
Erick Erickson is a blogger and speaker who has featured on Fox News.
Text just now from a senior House Republican who gave me permission to tweet this: “We were supposed to make that sort of speech.”
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 28, 2016
Tim Miller was a spokesperson for former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Will a Trump apologist explain to me why an 18 yo watching the conventions would want to be a Republican? We’re giving away a generation
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 28, 2016
Rory Cooper is a Republican strategist.
Great speech. And we made it easy for him.
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) July 28, 2016
Noah Rothman is an editor at the conservative Commentary.
“What we heard in Cleveland week wasn’t particularly Republican. And it sure wasn’t conservative.” – Barack Obama.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 28, 2016
For once American values and optimism are triumphing over partisanship. We applaud Republicans who take a good hard look at Trump and admit that he is not right for our nation.
Watch the full speech below:
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.