President Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned together Tuesday in North Carolina, eight years after the pair were rival Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination. The rally in Charlotte came just hours after FBI director James Comey announced that his agency would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton in relation to her "extremele reckless" use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
During his prepared remarks, Obama said Clinton was "a great Secretary of State," and extolled her as a candidate who will not back down, "no matter how fierce the opposition." The president took a swipe at presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump—without directly naming him—over his penchant for arguing about "tough decisions" from the comforts of his Twitter account. "Everybody can tweet," he said, "but no one actually knows what it takes to do the job until you sit behind the desk."
"Hillary can do the job," Obama assured the crowd. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office. Ever. That is the truth."