The Democratic presidential ticket is official set – and California Senator Kamala Harris has officially made history (as the first woman of color on a major party's presidential ticket), formally accepting the vice-presidential nomination during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.
Before we got there? Much of what you’d expect – courtesy of a number of heavyweights including Harris herself, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others – but something few may have. And that came from former President Barack Obama.
Mr. Obama, was supposed to be the final speaker of the night, but he reportedly wanted Ms. Harris to “have the final word.” When he stepped up, POTUS 44 offered a positively searing indictment of the Trump years – both professionally and personally.
He said Trump has not grown into the job "because he can't."
Obama insisted that Trump has "shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends."
He warned that America's "democracy is at stake" in November's presidential election.
When Harris stepped up, she said she also stands on the shoulders of her late mother and argued President Trump's "failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods." She said Trump's tenure has been marked by chaos, incompetence and callousness. Harris also accused Trump of turning the nation's tragedies into "political weapons."
With regard to her running mate. Harris said Biden will bring the nation together and “must be elected president. “ Biden will formally accept the Democratic presidential nomination in the final night of the four-night virtual convention tonight.