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?


Everyone bashing on Patty needs to shut the hell up, because I'm pretty sure she and I are the only ones that know the REAL facts. You say that Clinton wasn't being truthful? Ha! When was the last time a Republican opened his fucking mouth without lying like a piece of garbage, huh? The last speech Paul Ryan made was so full of shit and lies that even the other Republicans are probably ashamed of him. Democrats are more honest, more caring, and more intelligent than any Republican out there. And if women don't wanna go back to the fuckin dark ages, then they need to vote for Obama, or else they'll end up without the rights they deserve. And you wanna talk about job killing? Talk to Romney for that, since under his stint as governer, Massachusetts fell from 36th to 47th in job creation. He claimed to make 40,000 new jobs, but that was just total bullshit. Romney doesn't know what he's doing, and Obama does. Go Obama!!


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@Patty Yeah, you go listen to Obama alright! Some folks enjoy a real blast of hot air. There will be nothing new in what he says! Romney-Ryan 2012


Goodnight my fellow Americans,


Obama is a communist. Groomed by a communist and has leaned on the government all his Life. He is a user! Romney 2012




Yeah- MR. Cool Daddy Obama- let me come on in here and say a few words to get my base going! You can't run a country from behind a podium or on a golf course Obama!


@Ross Hiya! Hey ive got 3 girls, Democracts! For LIFE, LIKE ME!!


@Patty Hahahahahahaha! Ahhhhhh, I've hit a nerve! Great! We've got your number. You've been found out! My BUSINESS is getting Romney-Ryan elected!


@ Daina- you know who patty really is? Starts with a "C" yeah that's her! All these freeloaders hanging on to words like FREE,HELP YOU, RESCUE, YOU DESERVE etc. Romney will win this election because people can see what the crowd looks like at the DNC and people ain't giving to that group of misfits!

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