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Bill Clinton delivers block-busting unity speech at DN Convention

Unlike the RINO party, the Democrats have become a single, united force dedicated to reversing years of RINO mismanagement, and no one can say that like Bill Clinton, still one of this generation's great orators:


Former President Clinton delivers ringing endorsement of Democratic nominee
Clinton: 'I want you to support Barack Obama’

Bill Clinton sets aside differences with Obama
Stephan Savoia / AP


By Alex Johnson
Reporter
MSNBC
updated 10:14 p.m. CT, Wed., Aug. 27, 2008

Former President Bill Clinton laid to rest any speculation Wednesday night that he would not enthusiastically back Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for president by making a forceful call for voters to elect Obama because “Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world.”

“I am here first to support Barack Obama,” Clinton said, opening his address in characteristic fashion by deviating from the prepared text aides distributed to reporters ahead of time.

On the night the Democratic National Convention in Denver made Obama the first African-American ever nominated by a major party, Clinton acknowledged that his “preferred candidate” — his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York — had fallen short. But, he said, “like her, I want all of you to support Barack Obama in November.”

Clinton’s speech had been as hotly anticipated as the acceptance speech later by the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. Clinton’s support for Obama had seemed tepid at best coming in; earlier this month, he sidestepped a question on whether Obama was prepared for the White House by telling ABC News: “You could argue that no one’s ever ready to be president.”

But Clinton made it clear that he was now behind the nominee, declaring, “Barack Obama is the man for this job.”

Turnabout for former president
Introduced to the familiar refrain of his 1992 campaign theme song, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” Clinton asked the crowd to cut short its frenzied welcome, saying: “Will you sit down? We’ve got to get on with the show!”

But the crowd refused, leading Clinton to implore, “Sit down!”

Once he got started, Clinton reached back to his own campaign in 1992, when “Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief.”

“Sound familiar?” he asked. “It didn’t work in 1992, because we were on the right side of history. And it won’t work in 2008, because Barack Obama is on the right side of history.”

The former president said he respected the presumed Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, but he warned that McCain would continue the policies of the Bush administration, ticking off a litany of what he characterized as the Bush White House’s failures: falling wages, slower job growth, declining health care and pension benefits and rising poverty and income inequality.

“They actually want us to reward them for the last eight years by giving them four more,” Clinton said. “Let’s send them a message that will echo from the Rockies all across America: Thanks, but no thanks. In this case, the third time is not the charm.”

“America can do better than that,” he said. “And Barack Obama will do better than that.”

The McCain campaign moved quickly to remind voters of Clinton’s previous criticisms of Obama.

“It is indicative of the concern among Democratic voters about Barack Obama’s inexperience that after three full days of the Democratic National Convention, President Clinton was finally forced to testify that Senator Obama is ready to be president, despite his previous arguments to the contrary,” the campaign said in a statement.

“President Clinton was a forceful advocate for Democratic partisanship, but what he fails to recognize is that the problem in Washington is not the Republicans or Democrats in Congress, the problem is that people aren’t following John McCain’s lead to work together to solve America’s problems.”

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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“Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief.”

“Sound familiar?” he asked.
This is the part where he stepped over the line. Wayyyy too much ammo for the other side. Hubris, in the Clinton household, is still in ample supply.
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Analysis: Denver seems like the Clinton Convention...

One has to wonder what happened to Obambi? I thought this was supposed to be his convention...

Rarely in the history of American political conventions has the losing side received so much time and attention as this week in Denver.

Barack Obama has been forced, by the clout Hillary Rodham Clinton showed in their primary battle and his need for her voters in his race against Republican John McCain, to allow the gathering of Democrats to look a lot like the Clinton Convention.

The first day, Monday, was dominated by daylong dealmaking between the Clinton and Obama camps over ground rules for the nominating roll call.

The second day's highlight was Clinton's address. Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, designated the official convention keynote speaker, was just a footnote in television and newspaper reports. By contrast, among the most replayed shots of the night was of a still-fuming Bill Clinton, tightlipped and teary, watching his wife from a Pepsi Center skybox.

Then came Wednesday, day three of four, when the former president himself spoke. He garnered as much or more attention than what was supposed to be the evening's marquee event, the speech from vice presidential nominee Joe Biden.

As the evening's final speaker, Biden held the so-called prime-time slot. Yet, in Eastern and Central time zones, Biden wound up on TV after many folk's bedtimes and it was Bill Clinton people saw, being cheered so roundly that he had to plead "Please stop ... Please sit" to be heard.

"I love this," the former president said as delegates cheered and cheered for him through a speech that, characteristically, went on longer than it was meant to.

Another surprisingly Clinton-focused event was Wednesday's roll call vote. It climaxed with Obama's acclamation as the Democratic candidate for president - but only after Clinton amassed hundreds of still-diehard delegates and requested the process be shut down to make the night officially Obama's.

Meanwhile, in interviews prominent Clintonites dumped on Team Obama's convention strategy. James Carville carped that the party's message is missing in action in Denver. Paul Begala ridiculed Warner's plan to talk "post-partisan."

It was easy to lose sight of what Bill and Hillary Clinton said from the podium. Their message - forcefully, graciously and unequivocally delivered by both, whatever their private feelings might be: Put the past in the past, get behind Obama and don't let McCain win.

Obama aides insist that by Friday, in the glow of Obama's speech before tens of thousands at a Denver football stadium and history-making ascendance as the nation's first black major-party nominee, they will have accomplished their goal and erased talk of the Clinton v. Obama story line. They say it wasn't a mistake to give the Clintons major roles that spread out over half the convention's four nights. ...

My Way News - Analysis: Denver seems like the Clinton Convention

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I'm sure the lack of jackbooted thuggery like Bush used on his opponent upsets you, JuanRinoHawk. I liked your post, this was my favorite part:

"It was easy to lose sight of what Bill and Hillary Clinton said from the podium. Their message - forcefully, graciously and unequivocally delivered by both, whatever their private feelings might be: Put the past in the past, get behind Obama and don't let McCain win"

By the end of Thursday night, every Democrat in this country will be united to kick yours and McMoreOfTheSames ass.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address

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