Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech

Delegates formally award Obama nomination to second term

September 5, 2012


Former President Bill Clinton waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention as President Barack Obama greets in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

Former President Bill Clinton waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention as President Barack Obama greets in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

— In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, “I know we’re coming back” from the worst economic mess in generations and appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.

Obama strode onstage as Clinton concluded his speech. The 42nd president bowed, and was pulled into an embrace by the 44th as thousands of delegates jammed into the convention hall roared their approval.

Clinton, conceding that many struggling in a slow-recovery economy don’t yet feel improvement, said circumstances are indeed getting better, “and if you’ll renew the president’s contract you will feel it.”

To more cheers, he said of Obama, “I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.”

Not long afterward, the delegates formally awarded Obama their nomination to a second term in a post-midnight roll call of the states.

Clinton spoke as Obama’s high command worked to control the political fallout from an embarrassing retreat on the party platform, just two months from Election Day in the tight race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Under criticism from Romney, the Obama camp abruptly rewrote the day-old document to insert a reference to God and to declare that Jerusalem “is and will remain the capital of Israel.” Some delegates objected loudly, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, presiding in the largely-empty hall, ruled them outvoted. White House aides said Obama had personally ordered the changes, but they did not disclose whether he had approved the earlier version.

The convention concludes Thursday with Obama’s acceptance speech before a prime- time national TV audience. Aides announced he would speak in the convention hall rather than a nearby 74,000-seat football stadium as originally planned. They cited weather concerns as the reason for the switch in a city that has been hit by heavy rains in recent days.

Romney, nominated at his own convention last week, spent his second straight day in Vermont preparing for next month’s debates with Obama.

Clinton’s speech was deemed so important by Obama’s campaign aides that they delayed the president’s formal nomination to a second term until it was over. The familiar roll call of the states began well after television prime time in the eastern part of the country, and the hall was emptying out rapidly as it dragged on past midnight.

Obama’s campaign hoped the former president would prove especially persuasive in an era of sluggish economic growth and 8.3 percent unemployment. Clinton is exceptionally popular 12 years after he left office, particularly among white men, a group among whom Obama polls poorly.

The speech was vintage Clinton, overlong for sure, insults delivered with a folksy grin, references to his own time in office and his wife Hillary, all designed to improve Obama’s shaky re-election prospects.

The convention hall rocked with delegates’ applause and cheers the former president strode onstage to sounds of “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” his 1992 campaign theme song.

He sought to rebut every major criticism Republicans leveled against the president at their own convention last week in Tampa, and said that in fact, since 1961, far more jobs have been created under Democratic presidents than when Republicans sat in the White House, by a margin of 42 million to 24 million.

Clinton accused Republicans of proposing “the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place” and led to a near financial meltdown. Those, he said, include efforts to provide “tax cuts for higher-income Americans, more money for defense than the Pentagon wants and ... deep cuts on programs that help the middle class and poor children.”

“As another president once said, ‘There they go again,’” he said, quoting Ronald Reagan, who often uttered the remark as a rebuke to Democrats.

There was another reference to Reagan, whom Democrats routinely accused of advocating “trickle down economics” that favored the rich.

“ We simply cannot afford to turn the reins of government over to someone who will double down on trickle-down,” Clinton said.

He shared prime time with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for a Republican-held Senate seat in Romney’s Massachusetts. For many years “our middle class has been chipped, squeezed and hammered,” she said.

In a tight race for the White House and with control of the Senate at stake, Democrats signaled unmistakable concern about the growing financial disadvantage they confront. Officials said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s first White House chief of staff, was resigning as national co-chair of the president’s campaign to help raise money for a super PAC that supports the his re-election.

Unlike candidates, outside groups can solicit donations of unlimited size from donors. At the same time, federal law bars coordination with the campaigns.

Inside the hall, a parade of speakers praised Obama and criticized the Republicans, sometimes harshly.

Sandra Fluke, a law student whom congressional Republicans would not let testify at a hearing on contraceptives, said if Republicans win in the fall, women will wake up to “an America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it, in which politicians redefine rape.”

Clinton’s speech marked the seventh consecutive convention he has spoken to party delegates, and the latest twist in a relationship with Obama that has veered from frosty to friendly. The two men clashed in 2008, when Obama outran Hillary Rodham Clinton’s wife for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton, then a New York senator, now Obama’s Secretary of State, was in East Timor as the party met half a world away. She made a cameo appearance on the huge screens inside the Time Warner Cable Arena, though, turning up in a video that celebrated the 12 Democratic women senators currently in office.

Republicans have suddenly discovered a lot to like about Clinton — a man they impeached in late 1998 when they ran the House and he sat in the Oval Office.

Ryan made no mention of those unpleasantries when he told a campaign audience in Iowa, “Under President Clinton we got welfare reform. President Obama is rolling back welfare reform.

“President Clinton worked with Republicans in Congress to have a budget agreement to cut spending. President Obama, a gusher of new spending.”

Independent fact checkers have repeatedly debunked the claim about Obama’s welfare proposals. Nor did the Wisconsin lawmaker mention that under a balanced budget compromise with Clinton to rein in federal spending, Republicans agreed to create a new benefit program that provides health care for lower-income children and others ineligible for Medicaid.

The changes in the platform came after the Republicans criticized an earlier decision to strip out a reference to God.

Romney said that “suggests a party that is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of the American people. ... I think this party is veering further and further away into an extreme wing that Americans don’t recognize.”

Romney had declared in a summertime trip there that Jerusalem was the country’s capital. U.S. policy for years has held that the city’s status is a matter for negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, and Democrats said at the time he was pandering to Jewish voters in the United States.

The switch puts the platform in line with what advisers say is the president’s personal view, if not the policy of his administration. “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” it says. “The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”


tbaker 1 year, 7 months ago

Watching Clinton reminded me of watching John Edwards defend a guilty client.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 7 months ago

Willard could "boosts arousing" the complex Liberal gals like Clinton did easy peasy

What an 'ingenious' idea. All Willard has to is give complex Liberal gals like Sandy Flux, tax paid birth control, condoms, to win.


Armstrong 1 year, 7 months ago

I have the tax returns - stop asking about them, I won't show them to you


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

What is Romney hiding in his tax returns? Why won't he be transparent with the American people?

Romney won't release his returns, talk about Bain, talk about his or Ryan's budget plan, or talk about his religion.

All he has is attacks against Obama and "Are you better off now?"

The answer? Yes, Mitt, we are.


Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

I love how the john birch society churchlicans now to come to the defense of Israel. They and their predecessors didn't have a problem being anti semitic towards Jewish people in recent times. I guess evangelicalism has to reach everywhere and pervent itself intertwined with nationalism....moral imperialism you know.


tange 1 year, 7 months ago

What probusinessproamerica said, just a few posts back up the page there, concluding with "Bill Clinton... is our elder statesman." It's amazing how stellar brings out the stellar in us.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

Obama's State Department today again refused to name the capital of Israel, even after being questioned by the press and even after the Democrat party voted yesterday to re-introduce language to its platform stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Let's end the nightmare. Romney-Ryan 2012.


MacHeath 1 year, 7 months ago

wow, 167 posts! I'll be damned. LOL Didn't read a one of them. I know what they say. A bunch of idiot neo-conservatives, that don't have a friggin clue about politics, and what it takes to get things done vs. a bunch of knee-jerk, smug liberals that think their farts don't stink, and don't have a friggin clue about politics, and what it takes to get things done. If either side think they are the saviors of our species, and country, they are mistaken. This is the kind of bigotry, stupidity, and intolerance that could lead to the destruction of our way of life.

Screw you guys! I'm goin' home!


Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle July 25, 2012 at 10:03 p.m.

"The Mope's trying to get away from his teleprompter crutch. You just never know what he's going to say next. Almost as fascinating as watching Biden."

snap_pop_no_crackle's great-great-great-great-grandfather Late November, 1863

"The Liberator's trying to get away from his envelope crutch. You just never know what he's going to say next. Almost as fascinating as watching Breckinridge."


Flap Doodle 1 year, 7 months ago

Will the DNC be able to fill the new much-smaller venue for the big teleprompter performance tonight? BTW, has Joe "where's the Xanax?" Biden even been there in North Carolina this week?


newmedia 1 year, 7 months ago

Did not get a chance to see the speech. Just wondering, did the house band strike up a chorus of Devil With A Blue Dress when old Bubba made his appearance on stage?


Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

One more thing...

Repubs goal to keep Obama to one term by screwing up the economy they screwed up is anti American!

All they think about is running the white house so they can pull off more financial frauds because some people close must be making big bundles of money as a result.

Which brings about the question how is it members of congress can commit insider trading and not be prosecuted? Paul Ryan has been implicated in some questionable selling just before the crap hit the fan.


Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

Meanwhile, turning back to the topic at hand, Buzzfeed has this copy of last night's speech. It's color-coded, so you can compare the draft that was given to media before the speech was delivered... and the actual version delivered by President Clinton, improvisations included. This is some serious, serious skill!


Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

Whew! Thank God for "Save Web Page, Complete"...!


probusinessproamerica 1 year, 7 months ago

I am a registered Republican and a small business owner who, until last night, was undecided in the presidential race. It felt like Bill Clinton was sitting in my living room talking to me about the major political and economic issues with which I've been struggling. He was astonishingly straightforward. I spent time today to fact check his facts. All held up. I watched the Tampa RNC convention and did the same. The number of lies and falsehoods asserted, especially by Paul Ryan, were insulting to me and to America. I am no longer undecided. Obama is my man. Bill Clinton will forever be tainted by poor personal decisions, but I think he's a man that loves America and wants us all to succeed. He's our elder statesman.


SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

I would like to know what rule was violated to explain your censorship?


beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

It is interesting how many here can only harp on Clinton's cheating ways when he was president rather than discussing the merits of his speech, yet they are the same people who proudly voted for the cheater John McCain in the last election and supported the cheater Newt Gingrich and / or Herman Cain this year. Fortunately, we have a choice between two family men.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

The big problem for Obama and the Democrats remains the same, the stagnant economy. Obama's four year record is a disaster for business leaders worried about Obamacare and burdensome regulations. The impeached former President's popularity will not magically transfer over to Obama with a tag-your-it speech. Clinton's words will be forgotten by October but the bad economy will not. Clinton and Obama are clearly two different people. Clinton is more of a pragmatist and Obama a rigid ideologue. Clinton reached across the isle to Republicans, Obama has not and will not largely because of his kook base.

And what about that spectacle that took place last night before Clinton's speech. The DNC had to add God back into their platform language after originally taking it out. They have also added language back in that says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. When they tried to change the language on the convention floor, there were boos! Looks like the Muslims have taken over the Democrat party to me. Funny thing is, the 2/3 majority voice decision was read from the teleprompter which means it was already predetermined. Obama is to blame for this debacle. Romney-Ryan 2012.


cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

84 comments on this thread , 12 from sage and who knows how many more from his other personalities. There is medication for OCD , try some.

There really needs to be an ignore button moderators , or in lieu of that disappear this person.


donttreadonme 1 year, 7 months ago

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

Of course we are better off than we were four years ago. The economy is alive and kicking, credit is flowing again, the auto industry is thriving and private sector jobs are being created, and the stock market is at near record levels (13,000, compared to 6000-7000 or so when Obama took office.

Are we better off than four years ago? Yes.


MISTERTibbs 1 year, 7 months ago

Clinton tried to attribute this decline in health costs to the health care law when claiming - “For the last two years, after going up at three times the rate of inflation for a decade, for the last two years, health care costs have been under 4 percent in both years for the first time in 50 years.”

Unfortunately much of the healthcare reform act hasn't been implemented yet so it would be hard to see any savings directly attributable to it. Also, the government did a study earlier this year that national health care spending will increase at approximately 5.7% during the ten year period from 2011 through 2021.

As for the debt reduction, there appears to be some fuzzy math involved there as well. Part of the plan includes money that won't be spent waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the troops are brought home, that is savings that would be seen by whoever the president is not just Obama. Same with the $1 trillion in cuts that have already been negotiated with Congress. Take away those two items and the only deficit reduction that the president has to offer would come in the form of increased taxes by letting the Bush era tax cuts for those making over $250,000/year expire. Since many (most) small businesses fall under an S corp, LLC, or partnership, the owners of those businesses must include the business income on their personal tax returns and pushes them into that category of those making over $250k. I have no problem with eliminating loopholes for billionaires, but when you want to increase taxes on mom and pop shops you don't come off as favoring the middle class.


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 7 months ago

I never voted for Clinton. I voted for the other guy.

Last night I was proud of him and he broke it all day perfectly for me.

They Republican Party does not make me proud.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 7 months ago

To quote Gilbert and Sullivan..."Hoorah, hoorah, hooray!!!!!!" Old wild Bill did a terriffic job of punching many holes in the tea bag soaked Republicans with his direct, correct, and stunning display of plain truth. His speech did a lot to expose and dispose of the Romney cadre of corporate raiders and thugs. Keep on truckin' Mr Clinton, and we can only hope enough people with clear vision heard this display of sanity.


Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

There simply aren't enough trees in northeast Kansas to produce all the wooden stakes needed to take care of the zombie stampede in this thread!


bubba_goes_to_washington 1 year, 7 months ago

Why did Mrs. Obama have her lips pursed tightly in almost every screen shot of her last night during Bills' speech? She just did not look to cheery, imho. But I guess if takes Clinton to polish up this turd known as Barack Obama, she should be grateful for his almost hour long speech.


WristTwister 1 year, 7 months ago

In all honesty, if Bill Clinton were running for President in 2012 I would vote for him given that a Republican controlled Congress be elected right along with him. Contrary to Mr. Clinton's remarks as he addressed the DNC, Mr. Clinton did not build that economy. It was not until 1994 when Republicans gained control of Congress and they (led by Newt Gingrich) forced Mr. Clinton to the center. Mr. Clinton had no choice but to "cooperate" with the Republicans and the economy began to turn around. Prior to the Republican Congress, Cinton's left leaning policies just weren't working. What else did Slick Willie choose to leave out in his zeal to promote himself and Hilary? Oh yeah, he mentioned Mr. Obama a few times and said that he was like himself and Hilary. And if Mr. Obama is re-elected "you will feel it". Given Mr. Obama's refusal to move to the center, I have to agree. We definitely will feel it and it won't feel good.


autie 1 year, 7 months ago

They write so much yet say so little. Vitrolic platitudes hold little water in conversations of this nature. When using phrases like "slick willie" and "rapists" is the best they have, they have not much. Certainly none of substance.


Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 7 months ago

This is getting good. You can tell because the "true Republicans" are becoming more and more shrill by the minute with their disinformation and lies. Too bad they've excommunicated so much of their party ~ because these are votes they won't be getting back soon, on a state OR national level.


headdoctor 1 year, 7 months ago

I knew Sage would expand his love fest the minute there was an excuse to pop off about Clinton. Does your wife know about all these internet affairs you have going on?


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 7 months ago

Interesting. Clinton's denouncers aren't attacking the substance of the speech but rather the speaker himself.

I guess that's because they can't.


donttreadonme 1 year, 7 months ago

And where is the moderator? Why do we have to put up with the drooling FHNC calling a former President a rapist?

"Liberal" press, my @ss.


donttreadonme 1 year, 7 months ago

"jhawkinsf15 minutes ago The head of the company has an inappropriate relationship with a much younger intern, ..."

That's all it was until the Republican Congress spent $70 million dollars of taxpayers money on a witch hunt for political gain. So blame them and the Starr Report pornography.

Anyone who dwells on that is a partisan hack and/or a perv who get's their jollies from voyeuring people's private lives because they have nothing of value in their own.


Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

the three members of the the local troll council have spoken their fiction....... so what......gotta love that tampa fiction....


WristTwister 1 year, 7 months ago

"...references to his own time in office and his wife Hillary, all designed to improve Obama’s shaky re-election prospects."

Mr. Obama chooses to run on Mr. Clinton's record? Ted Kennedy summoned from the grave to chastise Mr. Romney? Were we watching the DNC in "black and white with rabbit ears"?


WristTwister 1 year, 7 months ago

Snake oil from Bill "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" Clinton.


rockchalker52 1 year, 7 months ago

As entertaining as Clinton was, The Fox News talking heads were even more so as they stuttered & sputtered their reactions. They were comical to listen to.


ugottabekiddin 1 year, 7 months ago

President Clinton's speech was awesome because IT WAS ALL FACTUAL AND BASED ON THE TRUTH.


ljwhirled 1 year, 7 months ago

Am I better off than I was 4 years ago? Lets look at the headlines: NYTimes Sept 6, 2008

FORECASTING AUTO GLOOM - ''My problem is that I don't see any end in sight to the bad news.'' - Basil E. Hargrove, Canadian Autoworkers Union.

SELL-OFFS HIT RUSSIAN MARKETS - Russia's stock market is suffering its worst correction in nearly a decade

HOPING FOR A FIX, QUICK OR NOT - "The beginning of a Treasury Department plan for the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac appears to be coalescing"

A BANK OUT OF TOUCH - Federal regulators told the Downey Financial Corporation, the $13 billion California savings and loan, to shore up its finances, reduce its assets and strengthen management.

Yep. We ALL are better off.

These headlines were the destination of the Bush policies of deregulation, war mongering, trickle down economics, and tax breaks to promote growth.

Keep up the good work Mr. President. Don't let the haters get you down.


Claire Williams 1 year, 7 months ago

It was a great speech, even if it did go over the allotted time. President Clinton has always been good at laying out numbers and facts to the public in an easy to follow manner, without being condescending.

The other great thing about his speeches is that he is so plain spoken and straight forward, detractors will have a very hard time finding things about his speech to criticize.

Excellent job, Bubba.


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