Democrats lined up their heaviest hitters Wednesday as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, VP candidate Tim Kaine and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took turns at the podium to support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and express disdain for Donald Trump, her Republican rival.
If reaction on Twitter is any indication, they hit it out of the park.
Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks have changed the way the public discusses politics, much the way email and websites changed the way candidates reached out to voters. Conversations that once took place at the office water cooler now take place in real-time. And rather than one-to-one conversations, Twitter and Facebook allow voters to speak to many people at the same time.
Biden and Bloomberg both gave the public plenty to talk about, delivering fiery endorsements of Clinton, the first woman to be a major party candidate for president, early in the night. They also offered scathing critiques of Trump, with Bloomberg calling the real-estate developer a "dangerous demagogue."
But it was Obama who wrapped up the evening by focusing on Clinton's experience, saying there's never been a "man or woman -- not me, not Bill -- more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America." And then he added to Clinton's husband and the 42nd president, "I hope you don't mind Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man."
Like his opening acts, Obama slammed Trump. "The Donald is not really a plans guy," Obama said, referring to the real-estate developer's agenda. "He's not really a facts guy, either."
The mention of the reality TV star prompted a wave of boos, which prompted the president to urge voters to get out on election day:
Obama nodded to the highly contentious election cycle, saying the rest of the world couldn't comprehend its unusual dynamics. The comment caught the attention of the Twittersphere:
Tim Kaine, Hillz's running mate, also caught the internet's attention. The Democratic senator from Virginia apparently reminded many of their dads, or at least their friends' dads:
The whole Tim Kaine thing is a meme now. We highly recommend you check it out.
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