Obama’s 2008 Campaign Manager Picks His Candidate With Certainty: ‘Go Win This Thing’

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David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama poses in his Chicago campaign headquarters, Thursday, May 10, 2007. The 2008 presidential race is notable for the presence of a woman and a black among the top Democratic candidates. But progress is much slower when it comes to diversifying the ranks of top decision-makers within the various campaigns. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

When it comes to someone who knows how to run a winning campaign, David Plouffe is that person. As the architect to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, he took a freshman Senator with ambition and tremendous goals and helped him get the highest office in the land — President of the United States.

And thank goodness President Obama was elected. He brought the nation back from the brink of utter destruction and chaos, recovering us from one of the worst national recessions the U.S. had ever seen. His goals were clear — get people back to work, protect the workers, restore international relationships, get healthcare to everyone, and make the nation a fairer and more equal society for all.

We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got a lot further to go, and Plouffe believes the person for the job to continue that effort moving forward is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In an essay put out on Medium, Plouffe explains why he believes Hillary should– and, in his words, will– be the next president.

“We’ve come a long way. Still, eight years after that historic night in Des Moines, there’s so much left to do. And Americans still need a president who will wake up every day, prepared to overcome any obstacle on their behalf.

Hillary Clinton should — and I believe will — be that president.”

Plouffe fully concedes that he was in fierce competition with Clinton during the 2008 campaign for the White House, but explains now what he has learned about her:

 “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.

The privilege of my professional lifetime was to serve as President Obama’s Senior Advisor in the White House. It is a humbling experience, but also an educational one. You reflect on all those who have occupied the Oval Office previously, and what you’d like to see in those who will in the future.

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.”

He finishes, stating:

“The stakes in this election are enormous, too. The difference between Hillary Clinton and a President Trump, Carson, or Rubio could not be more profound. Once again, we need a leader who understands the challenges we face — and someone who can and will do something about it.

Hillary is that leader, for this time.

Go win this thing, Madam Secretary.”

As far as policy experience, both domestic, and most certainly abroad, Clinton has shown a profound capability that is nearly unmatched. Plouffe, in this very passionate essay, seems with certainty, that Hillary can and will be the next president.

This endorsement comes as not only quite a surprise to many after the 2008 battle for the Oval Office, but it also seems to come directly from his heart.


Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info