President Barack Obama pretends to wipe away tears as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks about Malia Obama graduating college, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, during a campaign event at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Obama is spending the afternoon campaigning for Clinton. (AP/Susan Walsh)
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"My faith in Hillary Clinton has always been rewarded."
President Barack Obama made his first campaign trail appearance on behalf of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, saying that he's ready to "pass the baton" to the former secretary of state.
"And I know that Hillary Clinton is going to take it, and I know she can run that race — the race to create good jobs and better schools and safer streets and a safer world," he said in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Standing at a podium bearing the presidential seal, Obama echoed his 2008 campaign rhetoric as well as used Clinton's 2016 catchphrase as he concluded his speech.
"That's why I'm fired up, that's why I'm ready to go, that's why I'm with her," Obama said.
The president particularly praised Clinton's judgment while serving as the nation's top diplomat.
"My faith in Hillary Clinton has always been rewarded," he said.
Obama's glowing endorsement came on the same day that FBI Director James Comey said that the agency is recommending Clinton not be charged in the case over her handling of classified emails while at the State Department.
Neither Clinton nor Obama mentioned the FBI decision at the upbeat North Carolina rally.
Obama also took over Clinton's Instagram account Tuesday, posting a picture of the two of them getting off Air Force One and writing that he's "fired up" to campaign with the former first lady.
Hello, Instagram! It's President Obama. Really! I'm excited to hit the trail with Hillary today in Charlotte, and I'm taking over her account to share a few thoughts with you about the stakes in this race, and why I think she'd make a great president. So I hope you'll follow along. I'm feeling pretty fired up. -bo
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