Barack Obama has officially been nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for November’s presidential election by an overwhelming majority.
The incumbent president also received a ringing endorsement from former US president Bill Clinton, who fired up the crowd at the North Carolina convention with a barn-storming speech that was mostly ad-libbed.
Clinton had been one of Obama’s strongest critics within the party, but once on stage, he had nothing but praise for the president.
“He inherited a deeply damaged economy, he put a floor under the crash, he began the long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern more well balanced economy
“Now, are we where we want to be today? No. Is the president satisfied? Of course not. But are we better off than we were when he took office?” Clinton told an applauding crowd.
The previous night, the president’s wife Michelle Obama also gave a rousing speech, talking about the couples’ humble beginnings and their desire to see ordinary people get the same sort of chances.