Obama embraces Clinton

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Obama's speech sets up Hillary Clinton's address Thursday night

He capped an evening that included Vice President Joe Biden

Philadelphia CNN  — 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday handed his legacy to Hillary Clinton, setting her up for the speech of her life with a powerful endorsement and the enduring image of a warm embrace.

Clinton joined Obama on stage after his speech, and the President and his 2008 primary rival clung together in a shared moment of symbolism: the nation’s first African-American leader entrusting its future to the woman who could become its first female commander-in-chief.