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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You people, still for Obama, are so easily fooled. Lmao. Clinton has to builg Obama up, for the democratic party. Clinton put Obama down, in '08. Yes, I know Hillary was running against him. He's building Obama up, for Hillary to run in '16. Clinton knows, Obama will continue to screw up, Hillary, might be a shoe in. However, if Romney gets in, and does a good job, which he will, Hillary doesn't stand a chance. Bill Clinton isn't running, Obama, Communist loving, race baiting, lying, phony, smooth talking, con man, is. Get rid of the radical, Michelle, and, Barack, rubbish. Romney/Ryan 2012.

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Obozo is going to get another term because these liberal-pay-for-my-abortion-and-birth-control-pills-so i-can-f##k-anything-on-a-whim-white-women are going to vote him back in.When the US becomes a 3rd world,banana republic during the next few years the last thing on your mind will be your sex-in-the-city-libtard-sex-everything-that-moves lifestyle.

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What a difference 3 1/2 years make. Clinton hated Obama's guts because he knew what a fake he was. ALL TALK AND NO ACTION. He say ANYTHING to be elected. The Economy sucks,more people are out of work in this history of my life, he has money for the immigrants but no money for the people of America.He has had years to fix it. The national debt has increased considerably under his term. Now, however, the Clintons will need the support of Obama in 2016 when Hilary runs (and loses) so he is there to kiss ass and make nice. More examples of how hyprocritic this party is.

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I totally agree bill Clinton should be on the ticket. Omg what a team to. Run this wonderful country.

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If u are poor, MIDDLECLASS, minority, female,in school,you need your head examined to vote for Romney and you need your head examined not to vote

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THE GOP WANTS TO MOVE US BACKWARD....TOWARDS THE LATE 1800's -1900's, WHERE BLACKS HAD NO RIGHTS, AND NEITHER DID WOMEN....IS THAT REALLY WHAT PEOPLE WANT?....THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY

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WAY TO GO BILL.....TELL THEM THE WAY IT IS....THE GOP WANT TO TAKE AWAY RIGHTS, MAKE BEING GAY ILLEGAL....WANTS TO MAKE ABORTIONS ILLEGAL....WANTS TO KEEP A GROUP OF CITIZENS FROM HAVING THEIR EQUAL CIVIL "HUMAN" RIGHTS.....I WISH BILL CLINTON WAS THE VICE PRESIDENT. ALISA

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@Samantha, Right On! Strongly Agree"

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@Matt, I'm getting sick and tired of hearing your crappy arguments. They're wrong and they don't even make sense half the time. Clinton was one of the greatest presidents our country has ever had. People respect and idolize him-rightly so-despite his cheating. He knew how to run a country and how to build relationships with the rest of the world. He was a true leader, and if he thinks Obama is the way to go, then that's what our country needs to do. He definitely knows more about politics than you and the other haters do.

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Wonder if Obama will promise a "magic" checkbook or credit card for his political base?

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