President Obama's Debate Advice for Hillary Clinton

President Obama is going to appear on Good Morning America this morning (or maybe already has) (I have no idea what time that show is on) (I literally don't think I've ever seen it) (this is irrelevant) (anyway) and here is a clip of him talking about his friend Hillary with GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts:

Roberts, referring to next Monday's first presidential debate: It's Monday night. It's game time. Secretary Clinton's about to take the stage [at] the debate. What would you want to say to her before walking out for that first debate?

Obama: Be yourself and explain what motivates you. Because, I will tell you, I've gotten to know Hillary, and seen her work, and seen her in tough times and in good times. She's in this for the right reasons. I think there's a reason why we haven't had a woman president before, and so she's having to break down some barriers. There is a level of mistrust and a caricature of her that just doesn't jibe with who I know, this person that cares deeply about kids.
He also said, though it is not in this clip, that she would make an "outstanding president" and that she "is motivated by a deep desire to make things better for people."

He also gave her this piece of advice for the debate: "To the degree to which she can talk not just about policy, but talk about why she has been able to despite all the slings and arrows that have been cast at her, just keep on going. It would be good for the American people to see that and be reminded of that."

Yes, yes it would.

It's funny, isn't it, how President Obama's advice sounds a lot less like advice for Hillary Clinton than it does advice to us about listening to Hillary when she tries to tell us who she is.

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