Andrea Mitchell Thinks Barack Obama Is the Best President at Speechwriting Since Abraham Lincoln

If the all-star fawning by MSNBC personalities such as Brian Williams and Chris Matthews over President Obama’s DNC speech wasn’t enough, former McCain/Palin campaign manager Steve Schmidt ruled Thursday night that the speech was “one of the most extraordinary political speeches ever given by anyone at any time” and NBC News correspondent/MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell proclaimed that Obama is the best speechwriter president since Abraham Lincoln. 

Concerning Schmidt’s statements, the MSNBC political analyst who’s always willing to praise liberals blurted out upon being asked about this analysis of the President that “it was one of the most extraordinary political speeches ever given by anyone at any time” and served as “a master class in American character, in American optimism.”

Schmidt added that the President’s “attacks on Donald Trump, from a character basis, I think, were shattering” and “aimed squarely at the middle of the electorate, just an extraordinary performance by the United States of the United States of America.” 

An even more reliable person when it comes to praising the Obama administration, Mitchell opined that the President was “[e]xtraordinary in invoking the Framers thoughts to form more perfect union, the most optimistic speech, the most generous speech, politically, having covered the campaign eight years ago, I could have never have imagined this kind of embrace of Hillary Clinton.” 

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After praising Obama for embracing Clinton despite their less than smooth history over the past decade, Mitchell turned back to the outgoing President’s “generosity” and “invok[ing] the audacity of hope” to showcase “all of the creativity of his own brilliant speech writing and conferred that upon her.”

Mitchell saved her most noteworthy quote for the very end as she ruled that Clinton has a tough act to follow for her Thursday night acceptance speech considering the current President is, in the MSNBC host’s book, the best president at speechwriting since Lincoln:

Of course, the challenge now is for her to follow this and I don't think anyone could — perhaps no one expects that she will. That is not her gift. His gift is unique. I don't think we've ever had a President save Lincoln, who is as great a speechwriter as this man.

The relevant portion of the transcript from the 11:00 p.m. Eastern hour of MSNBC’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) coverage on July 27 can be found below.

MSNBC: Democratic National Convention
July 27, 2016
11:50 p.m. Eastern

STEVE SCHMIDT: I think it was one of the most extraordinary political speeches ever given by anyone at any time. It was a just extraordinary — it was a master class in American character, in American optimism. He quoted from two Presidents in that speech, both Republicans, Ronald Reagan, and Teddy Roosevelt and I think the reason for that is because the President understands that, as a student of American political history, that when you sever optimism from the conservative movement, from the right of center party, the right of center party never does well. His attacks on Donald Trump, from a character basis, I think, were shattering. The speech was aimed squarely at the middle of the electorate, just an extraordinary performance by the United States of the United States of America. I say those words because he filled that office on the stage and that's a fundamental question at stake in this election that you'll see play out over the months. The question of fitness for the office to be, if you pause and linger on the words, who will be the president of the United States of America, it's a job that means something, it's an office that means something. 

(....)

11:57 p.m. Eastern

ANDREA MITCHELL: Extraordinary in invoking the Framers thoughts to form more perfect union, the most optimistic speech, the most generous speech, politically, having covered the campaign eight years ago, I could have never have imagined this kind of embrace of Hillary Clinton. The genuine affection, obviously his legacy at stake, and when he said there's never been anyone, not man or woman, not me, not Bill, as qualified to be president of the United States, he passed that baton. He did it with such — such generosity, as I say, when he invoked the audacity of hope, all of the spirit, all of the creativity of his own brilliant speech writing and conferred that upon her. Of course, the challenge now is for her to follow this and I don't think anyone could — perhaps no one expects that she will. That is not her gift. His gift is unique. I don't think we've ever had a President save Lincoln, who is as great a speechwriter as this man.

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