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Certainly Obama pushed the accomplishments of his administration, and there are lots of things to feel upbeat about if you read the transcript of his convention speech. But also, like he has always done, he acknowledged that there is more work to do:
"By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started. And through every victory and every setback, I've insisted that change is never easy, and never quick; that we wouldn't meet all of our challenges in one term, or one presidency, or even in one lifetime.
"So tonight, I'm here to tell you that yes, we've still got more work to do. More work to do for every American still in need of a good job or a raise, paid leave or a decent retirement; for every child who needs a sturdier ladder out of poverty or a world-class education; for everyone who has not yet felt the progress of these past seven-and-a-half years. We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer; our homeland more secure, and our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation."
"So if you agree that there's too much inequality in our economy, and too much money in our politics, we all need to be as vocal and as organized and as persistent as Bernie Sanders' supporters have been during this election.
"We all need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, and then hold them accountable until they get the job done.
"That's right, feel the Bern!
"If you want more justice in the justice system, then we've all got to vote, not just for a president, but for mayors and sheriffs and state's attorneys and state legislators. That's where the criminal law is made. And we've got to work with police and protesters until laws and practices are changed. That's how democracy works."
The bottom line is that I did not see any inconsistency between the two speeches. President Obama needed to champion the progress already made because so many Republicans and pundits are not giving him credit for accomplishing anything. He has said on many occasions that the work is never done, and now he is passing the baton onto Hillary to continue to fight inequality. Hillary says how she is going to do it. The word "how" is missing from Trump's speeches.
Regarding the coal community, I can understand what you are saying. But I really would like you to take a critical line by line look at Hillary Clinton's plan for coal country and tell me what could work and what not. Don't be dismissive of the whole thing as just another set of promises. That's a cop out.