US elections 2016: Hillary Clinton made me a better President, says Barack Obama

News Agencies | First published: 2 November 2016, 12:30 IST
US elections 2016: Hillary Clinton made me a better President, says Barack Obama

While making a strong pitch for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for having taken some tough decisions and working "tirelessly" as his former secretary of state, United States President Barack Obama today said that Clinton made him a better president but never took credit for it.

"Her efforts are not always flashy and they're not always appreciated here at home, but she made me a better President, and she didn't ask for credit," Obama said as he hit the ground for a campaign blitz in key battle ground states ahead of the 8 November general elections.

Clinton will be a commander-in-chief who will defeat the ISIS, he said, adding she will make a "smart and steady" US President, though not without her share of mistakes.

"I saw her as my Secretary of State. I saw her in the Situation Room, making the argument to go after (al-Qaeda chief Osama) bin Laden even though it was risky. Tirelessly circling the globe as Secretary of State. Respected around the world," he told his supporters at an election rally - his first in the last week of the presidential campaigning - in the key battleground state of Ohio.

Obama said when Clinton was challenged, she does not "make things up on the spot". "She doesn't double down on lies - that obviously are lies because there's video," he said in Columbus in an apparent reference to some videos of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that have resurfaced.

"She actually understands the world. She understands the challenges we face. And when things don't go her way, she doesn't whine or complain or blame others, or say everything is rigged," he said amidst laughter.

Obama contrasted Trump's complaints of "rigged polls" to the 69-year-old former secretary of state, who takes criticism in her stride and works towards bouncing back better.