My apologies for the lateness of this. I had meetings earlier tonight, and I’m just getting around to his speech:
Wow – he got a great reception. A REALLY great reception. “I’m here, first to support Barack Obama.” Hillary didn’t look to happy there, but Michelle did. “Second, and second, I’m here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden.” That’s good. Starting out from the beginning saying that he’s supporting Obama is what the party needed.
“I love Joe Biden, and America will too.” But will ENOUGH of America love him? I don’t think so.
“That [primary] campaign produced so much heat, it increased global warming.” Good to see him joking about the campaign. “In the end, my candidate didn’t win.” Wouldn’t it have been better if he called her his WIFE!
Talking about Hillary doing everything she can to elect Barack Obama. “That makes two of us.” Again, it’s good for the Democrats to see him coming together with Obama. “Actually, that makes 18 million of us.” Very good quote. So far, he seems to be unifying the party.
“Our nation is in trouble on two fronts. The American dream is under siege at home, and America’s leadership in the world has been weekend.” Talking about jobs and poverty rising, mortgage debt, spike in cost of food, utilities, and gasoline. These are all things that are often blamed on Bush (but not really his fault), so it’s good for the Democrats to raise these issues.
“A refusal to lead on global warming.” What! We’ve been one of the best countries when it comes to reducing emissions and other greenhouse gases.
Talking about foreign policy mistakes in the Bush administration.
“Barack Obama is the man for this job.” Great quote right there. He’s doing what the party needed him to do. “He [can] inspire people.” Another great quote.
Talking about his policies on taxes and economy being superior to the Republicans. I HIGHLY disagree with that, but when McCain says economy isn’t his strong point, it’s hard to counter Clinton’s comment.
“The long, hard primary tested and strengthened him. And in his first Presidential decision, the selection of a running mate, he hit it out of the park.” Hillary’s smile is SO fake there. Clinton did a good job in bringing up the long primary race and saying that that strengthened Obama, and it was good for Clinton to agree with Obama picking Biden as his running mate.
That got a good response from the crowd.
Talking about “Joe Biden’s experience and wisdom” and Obama, we’ll have the national security we’ll need. “Barack Obam is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world.” GREAT line. The “ready to lead” part was GREAT, and it’s something that Hillary should’ve put into her speech, but it’s good for the Democrats that Bill put it into his.
Talking about Obama will defend and protect the Constitution – again, a good opposition to the current admininstration, who has, in my opinion, overstepped the bounds of the executive branch. “Barack Obama is ready to be President of the United States.” Continuing that line is going well, and it’s a good counter to the McCain ads asking if Obama is ready to lead.
“As President, he will work for an America more partners and fewer adversaries.” Talking about reducing biological and chemical weapons. Talking about the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Battle against HIV and AIDS. All of those were hot issues getting a good response.
“President Obama will choose diplomacy first and military force as a last resort.” Again, a good show of the complete opposite of Bush. Talking about standing up to adversaries.
Talking about a range of issues: education to environment.
“Most important of all, Barack Obama knows that America cannot be strong abroad, unless we are first strong at home.” Good quote.
“People have been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.” WOW! What a great quote! A GREAT quote. Now talking about the the example the Republicans have set.
Talking about American workers giving us rising productivity, but getting declining wages and jobs in return, worse health care, and more poverty. He’s hitting John McCain’s weak area – that’s good for the Democrats.
Talking about parents with children with autism who couldn’t afford health care. Talking about military families. Talking about “the assault on science.” Again, what is he referring to here? Evolution? Stem cells? I disagree that the current administration has “assault[ed] science.” “What about Katrina.” Oh come on, that was Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin’s fault, not Bush’s.
“My fellow Democrats, America can do better than that, and Barack Obama WILL do better than that.” And the crowd just errupted. He can’t even get a word in now. The entire room is chanting, “Yes, we can.”
“Yes he can, but first we have to elect him. The choice is clear. The Republicans will … nominate a good man, how has served our country heroically, and who has suffered terribly in a Vietnamese prison camp. He loves his country, every bit as much as we do. As a Senator, he has shown his independence of right wing orthodoxy … but on the 2 great questions of this election, how to rebuild the American dream, and how to restore America’s leadership in the world, he still embraces the extreme philosophy that has defined his party’s for … 25 years. … It’s a philosophy that … wasn’t fully seen in action until 2001 … then we saw what would happen to America if the policies … were implemented.” Then he goes on to give details about the economy, and other stuff. That was a good quote from him. He talked about McCain being a good man, but a bad candidate, and AGAIN, aligned him with Bush, something that helps the Democrats.
“Now, in spite of all this evidence, their candidate is promising more of the same.” Good quote.
“They actually want to reward them for the last 8 years, by giving them 4 more. … Thanks, but no thanks. … In this case, the third case is not the charm.” A whole slew of great quotes there. Clinton is really doing a good job here.
Talking about him running, and being called too young and too inexperienced. “Barack Obama is on the right side of history.”
“Senator Obama’s life is a 21st century incarnation of the old-fashioned American dream. His achievements are proof of our continuing progress toward the more perfect union of our founders’ dreams. The values of freedom and equal opportunity, which have given him his historic chance, will drive him as President, to give all America … their chance to build a decent life and show our humanity as well as our strengths to the world. We see our humanity, our strengths, and our nation’s future in Barack and Michelle Obama and their beautiful children [and Biden and his family]. Barack Obama will lead us away from the division and fear of the last 8 years back to unity and hope. So, if, like me, you believe that America must always be a place called hope, then join Hillary, and Chelsea, and me in making Barack Obama the next President of the United States. Thank you, and God bless you.”
And there you have it. Bill Clinton’s speech. I had heard a rumor that he wasn’t going to actually write a speech, but just talk, and it looks like he didn’t look over at teleprompters (the glass things on the sides of the podium), and if this is the case, that speech was purely amazing. He’s always been a great speaker, but this was something more. He combined issues with charisma, and added in the fact that he had once opposed Obama, but now supports him, to give one of the best speeches at the DNC. I think he really did his job, and the DNC owes him one for that speech.
If the DNC told him to just do national security, it’s really good for them that he ignored that. That was a great speech.
We’ll see how effective it was come this November!
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