President Obama’s former Senior Advisor in the White House David Plouffe has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and it’s not a begrudging endorsement. It’s a full-on embrace, “She doesn’t quit… She’s the right person to protect President Obama’s legacy”.
In a statement published on Medium, Plouffe poked fun at their past history, writing, “Now, to be honest, during the most intense days of the 2008 primary, I would never have imagined writing this piece. And I doubt Team Clinton felt any differently about me.”
But here’s what I, and so many of my fellow Obama campaign veterans, have learned about Hillary:
She doesn’t quit. And there were times I wish she had! But you have to deeply admire that strength and persistence. From the moment she went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund out of law school, she’s been working to make people’s lives better — as an advocate for women and kids, as First Lady of the United States, as U.S. Senator for New York, and as a truly exceptional Secretary of State — a job she showed courage and patriotism to accept after such a tough campaign. We’ve all benefited from her service to America, and I believe we will benefit most of all from the eight remaining years of service she intends to provide the country.
She will fight to further economic policies that put economic opportunity for those in the middle class and those fighting to join it. You won’t find anyone in this race more determined than Hillary to make sure every single American has a fair shot to live up to their potential. And you won’t find anyone more prepared, more diligent, with more detailed plans for exactly how to make it happen — from removing costs as a barrier to college to raising incomes and making sure all Americans have the skills they need to get a good job.
She’s the right person to protect President Obama’s legacy on health care and so much else. The woman who helped create the CHIP program, which covers 8 million kids, won’t stop until affordable health care is recognized as a basic human right in America. She’ll enhance Social Security and strengthen Medicare. She’ll continue President Obama’s reforms to make sure Wall Street works for Main Street, not the other way around. She’ll make sure America continues to lead the world in the 21st century. She’ll never back down from a challenge — as we all saw in the Benghazi Committee hearing earlier this week.
And, like President Obama before her, she will make history. I look forward to the day my daughter, who was born a little more than 48 hours after the glorious scene in Grant Park in 2008, will know just as well as my son that she can grow up to be anything she wants, even president of the United States.
Clinton has won Plouffe over to the extent that he concluded, “Hillary Clinton will not just make an outstanding and worthy successor to President Obama. She will be a president we should all look back on, and be proud we did whatever we could to make it so. She will do big and important things.”
Plouffe was the campaign strategist for then Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He’s a brilliant political strategist – one of the best in the business. To have his endorsement is a huge nod.
Former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has had a great week, and it just keeps getting better.
This is also a signal of the unity we’re starting to see in the Democratic Party, as old wounds are put to bed and the party embraces the just breaking and subtle shift in power from Republicans to Democrats. The Democratic Party is coalescing around Hillary Clinton, the woman who has been the most admired woman in the world for pretty much the last ten years.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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