(CNSNews.com) - Making the case that Hillary Clinton "knows what it takes" to be president of the United States, the current president told a group of students in North Carolina Tuesday that he's witnessed her "intelligence and judgment and temperament and her discipline."
"I saw her in the Situation Room, where she argued for the bin Laden mission. I saw it in capitals around the world, where she was tirelessly pursuing diplomacy that led to new partnerships; that opened up new democracies."
(Tunisia was the only democracy to emerge from the so-called Arab Spring, which also produced a failed state in Libya and the ongoing civil war in Syria.)
Obama defended Clinton's inner nerd: "You watch these debates, and everybody is all like, well -- the commentators afterwards, they are all like, well, she was really maybe explaining some stuff in great detail in contrast to the other candidate. That's because she actually knows what she's talking about. Which is helpful, when you're president of the United States, to know what you're talking about.
"Come on, people. Come on," said the folksy-sounding Obama. "This isn't an audition for like some show. This ain't a show. She's got specific ideas to invest in jobs, to help workers share in their company's profits, to put more young people and children and toddlers in preschool, to make sure that students get through college without taking on a ton of debt. She actually is sweating the details. She cares about this stuff.
"I remember five years ago, I asked every Cabinet Secretary to give me new ideas for ways to get our economy creating jobs faster -- because at that point, Republicans were in charge of Congress and they weren't passing a lot of legislation. So we were trying to think creatively -- what we can do without Congress doing anything?
"And Hillary sent a 12-page, single-spaced memo -- had footnotes. (Laughter.) I was like, Lord, let me -- (laughter) -- I had to do my homework. But that's who she is."