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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@Patty Of course your entitlement is keeping Obama in office...he's the candy man for entitlements. How do we know if yo're not on these programs??? Again, what liberal group do you belong to that pays you to blog?!?

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@jayhawk, George, now thats my secret. Myob.

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@Patty Looks who's talking...a liberal nut job yourself! Don't you have some free birth control to take? We certainly don't want any little Pattys running around...you're enough. Oh, btw, free b.c. has been at free govt. clinics for years--yeah, way before Barack came on the scene. Hmmmmm...guess the Dems don't have much of an argument there.

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@mittdaman, lmao! Im not on any entitlements, my entitlement is keeping OBAMA IN OFFICE!

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@God Bless America, Socialism? Hmm, 4 yrs, and no i dont see it!

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@Patty People like you have time to LMAO....bein' on entitlements and expecting the other half of America to support you! How 'bout getting a job! Oops! That'll be tough...you're supporting a President that kills jobs..I forgot! Tsk!

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@matt lmao @ u, no more responses to someone who isnt in their right mind!!!"

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@Patty We don't want Socialism in America. No 'Bama! Move to Russia....I hear the vodka is superb!

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@Daina, Lmao@ u, YOU'LL SEE!! FLIP FLOP! FLIP FLOP!

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@ Patty- Daina checked her facts before she logged in! The Lamestream media has been Bullshitting the public for 4 years! No Sale! Clinton's speach was a C+ Lady Bama - a flat C and the mayor from San Antonio was a C-. You are the one that is lost!