Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only world leader who appeared in the introduction video of US President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. The video details the journey of Obama, the President, and the historic steps he took during the eight years of his presidency, which in many ways have marked a change in the way the US is perceived by people across the world. A still of both the world leaders appeared in the introduction video in the context of the historic Paris climate accord.
Obama later mentioned the climate deal in his speech as well. “…and brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids.” In June this year, Modi and Obama had vowed to take measures to ratify the Paris climate deal this year. The decision of the both the leaders is expected to mark the beginning of a “significant global momentum”.
In his speech, Obama defined the “America he knows” as the one which is “decent and generous. The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous. Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice,” he said.
Obama also attacked Republican candidate Donald Trump, saying, “America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”
(With agency inputs)