Eight years ago, voters had a chance to make history as two Democrats vied for their party’s nomination – would it be the first woman or the first black to run for Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief?

Hillary Clinton had a long resume beginning with her time as First Lady of Arkansas, then the tumultuous years in her husband’s White House starting with her abortive attempt to remake the health care system and ending in public humiliation after his lurid Oval Office affairs, perjury, and impeachment dominated his second term.

She set up housekeeping in New York state to run for the senate, accomplishing little – other than supporting the war in Iraq – while waiting her turn at the brass ring.

But then, Barack Obama, the relatively unknown junior senator from Illinois with the “funny name,” as he termed it, came out of nowhere, winning the dubious praise of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who said, “Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his light-skinned appearance and speaking patterns with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

During the fight to win the Democrat nomination, Hillary raised questions about Obama’s birth certificate and Obama opining, “You’re likeable… enough.”

Clinton swallowed her pride by making Obama’s nomination unanimous at the convention, satisfying her ego with the door prize of Secretary of State, that brought few achievements along with questionable decision making about security, emails, and financial dealings.

Now, as Obama looks to establish his legacy and Clinton hopes to finally reach the ultimate goal, they will bury the hatchet in the name of political ambition and take to the campaign trail.

The president is enjoying high approval ratings in the polls, while Clinton is suffering the worst numbers of her career, with an astonishing 60 percent of likely voters saying she is untrustworthy and dishonest, as the “likeability” factor continues to plague her.

The plan, according to leaks from their aides, is for Obama to weave a tale of his journey from competitor to fan, skeptic to believer, as he tries to convince voters to trust her as he did.

While Obama’s endorsement and campaign appearances may well turn out the essential minority vote for Hillary in the fall, it’s unclear how successful he will be in selling the “rival to pal” narrative to voters who still don’t seem to trust or like her.



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