Brian Beutler, New Republic: It has been a long time since a popular, term-limited president has campaigned vigorously on behalf of his presumptive heir. Bill Clinton famously refrained from campaigning for Al Gore, at Gore’s request, and Ronald Reagan was a surprisingly quiet surrogate for George H. W. Bush. Barack Obama, meanwhile, has hit the trail for Hillary Clinton with an elan that recalls his days as a swaggering presidential candidate in 2008. He has become the Democratic nominee’s most unvarnished and indispensable champion. Obama’s primary goal, of course, is to help Clinton defeat Donald Trump, so as to cement his own legacy. But the president clearly takes extra pleasure campaigning in battleground states against Republicans who didn’t consider Trump an affront to the conscience until the GOP nominee’s poll numbers tanked.
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