Bill Clinton Defends, Stumps For Barack Obama in Epic Democratic National Convention Speech

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No one does it quite like Bill Clinton.

The 42nd U.S. President offered a rousing endorsement of Barack Obama's record last night at the Democratic National Convention, holding the audience captive for over 48 minutes and proving that even a quadruple bypass can't slow him down.

Whether you agree with Clinton's political views or not, his DNC speech was folksy, detailed and compelling, offering a more cogent defense of Obama's tenure in the White House than its current occupant himself has ever given.

Obama, Clinton said, cannot be blamed for the struggling economy he inherited and has set the foundations for strong and continued growth over time.

"Listen to me now," said Clinton. "No president - not me, not any of my predecessors - could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years."

If Americans "renew the president's contract," the economy will get better and "you will feel it," the 66-year-old man from Hope, Ark., urged the crowd.

"Folks, whether the American people believe what I just said or not may be the whole election. I just want you to know I believe it. With all my heart I believe it."

In vintage Clinton fashion, he blended Southern charm with soaring oratory and plenty of facts, such as when he claimed that in 52 years, Democratic presidents have generated more job growth than Republicans, 42 million-24 million.

He then sought to directly mute Mitt Romney's "are you better off now than you were four years ago" attack, a reprise of the famous line Ronald Reagan used to sink then-incumbent Jimmy Carter in their final 1980 Presidential debate.

"When President Barack Obama took office the economy was in free fall. It had just shrunk 9 full percent of GDP. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Are we doing better than that today? The answer to that is yes," he said.

Clinton received thunderous applause from thousands who jammed the convention hall in Charlotte, N.C. The cheers grew louder when Obama came on after Clinton's speech.

Clinton bowed to the president and gave him a bear hug, the latest sign that no matter their differences, they play for the same team, their legacies thoroughly entwined.

Obama addresses the DNC this evening in prime time. He has his work cut out to match Clinton's address ... or Michelle Obama's speech Tuesday.

Who are you voting for November 6?

 

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SEE! How do you fix the economy in 4 years? It takes longer than that

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I hate how nasty political discourse has become and I have been voting since Reagan 1. You can disagree with each other without resorting to insults or even sexist and racial abuse. For me, I know how I am voting, lets just say I wouldnt want to be associated with bigotry.

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Obama 2012!!!

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TAX DOLLARS STILL GOING TO GREEN ENERGY PEOPLE- CAN YOU POSSIBLY TAKE YOUR CAR IN AND GET A CHANGE OVER TO BATTERIES? HA! YEAH - MORE OF THE SAME!

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OBAMA IS GOING TO PAY FOR YOUR BIRTH CONTROL,YOUR ABORTIONS AND WEAKEN WHITE AMERICA WHILE KILLING OUR ECONOMY....YAY!!!

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Yes- from what I see it's the same ole crap. Gas prices at $4 a gallon and he's bragging on less dependence of foreign oil! Nothing said about keystone- after Solyndra he has nerve to talk about about windmills?

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DNC Convention News Flash: Obama's giving a speech that projects nothing new...no real plans on how to create jobs, just rhetoric--snake oil pour liberally over the audience. This man is saying nothing new! He said he wants to work with Congress...BUT he's not going to work with Congress! He will not reach across he aisle. I can't believe anybody with more than one brain cell..can't see that he's sayin' one thing and meanin' another! Oh Sweet Jesus--this man thinks America so dumb. "The election 4 yrs. ago wasn't about me..it was about you"--slick way to say I don't have to defend my abysmal record!

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@Samantha...I'm pretty sure you 'n Patty are the same! You are in a fog, baby! You're clueless...and your man's gonna lose! Get your head around it!

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So will I patty- vote against Hate! I will vote against Maxine Waters who call republicans "Demons" which is a racist word for whites! I will vote against Biden saying they gonna " Put Y'all back in Chains" I will vote against anyone who plays the Race Carrd at anytime! Romney & Republicans don't ask me to go back and get the have nots! Romney is willing to NOT tell me how to live! Romney is in favor of the Private Sector not trying to control everything! Look at Obamas record! The only thing that brings you people together is the fact that you HATE RICH WHITE PEOPLE! I know it's the truth! You show me a guy who is 35 & has nothing and I'll show you a guy who has blown chances & now you want me to go back and get them? No!

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Enough! Do you Romney supporters actually believe that he is going to help you at all? That he is worried about your money? He didn't even make his own. And now, pays a lower percentage than you. And he wants to make sure it stays that way. Obama may not be perfect, but I will vote against hate and discrimination every time. I have HOPE with the Democratic Party (and they have never let me down).