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Posted on Aug 27, 2008
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Bill Clinton reminded Democrats on Thursday why he’s one of the brightest stars in the political universe—and a great cheerleader to have on your side—with a rousing speech in support of Barack Obama.

Aides were reportedly worried that Clinton might be booed when he made his entrance, but instead he had to ask, beg and, finally, command the crowd to stop applauding.

The former president touched on a number of important issues but had his most moving line on the subject of military force: “People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.”

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By Terry Thomas, August 30, 2008 at 4:44 am Link to this comment
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He is a pro alright. He is a smooth operator. I’ll never forget the week that NAFTA was pushed through and imposed on us without our support. The talk of the nation was “don’t ask don’t tell”. A perfect “dog to wag”. He was skillful. Just as the Republicans are skillful with the abortion issues, the bible in the court issue, gay marriage issues and many other issues that have nothing to do with the real important stuff like a war for oil and profit or the approval of mercenary groups in Colombia under the illusion of fighting drugs while the real reason is to subvert governments and place dictators in power to grease the NAFTA process. But who pays the price when they use our rights and liberties to rouse the crowds with speeches while, in secret or relative silence, a bill gets rammed through or a contract is granted without a bid. Bill made a brilliant speech that lifted our spirits but he didn’t talk about the unpopular things that embarrassed “we the people” and left many to “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps” as Barack Obama put it in his speech when he was president. He opened the door for GW who has enriched that wealthy upper .01 percent which is the ruling class that has been lurking in the back ground with their powerful money all along in the history of our so called free country. Ask those who were arrested outside the DNC for their protest of the war in Iraq - who is free in this country? Did Bill mention the situation in Iraq other than his quotable line about “our example” in the world. He really didn’t impress me. Ralph Nader impresses me. Dennis Kucinich is impressive. But we democrats and you misguided republicans will end up with that which those .01% ruling class folks paid for - either way. Oh, I’m just not satisfied with a speech.

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By Tony Wicher, August 29, 2008 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

Good old Bill. What a pro! I knew he could do it.

The Clintons are ambitious, but they are also real Democrats and they really do care about the country and the way it has been going for the last eight years. They are going all out for Barack. I knew they would.

Bill Clinton for Secretary of State. What do you think?

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By jackpine savage, August 29, 2008 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

ted tyson,

The bracelet doesn’t match the suit…and there is nothing “at stake” at this convention.  It’s a dog and pony show.

Besides, it was the nicest thing i could think of to say about Bill.

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By "G"utless "W"itless Hitler, August 29, 2008 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

Hehe Hehe… Careful there Stevie, if enough people start viewing “the process with a clear-eyed sense of reality”, guys like me and Dick are gonna be sorry we supported the NRA!

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By Stephen Smoliar, August 29, 2008 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

Amen, indeed, but, as I pointed out in my comment to Amy Goodman’s “Poverty Is the Real Scandal” piece, this machinery is in place long before any White House races are considered:

As I put it in that comment, “anyone who makes it as far as the Senate has most likely been ‘tapped on the shoulder’ by the American Ruling Class.”  So, yes, it is folly to have faith in our political process;  but, as a lifelong skeptic and atheist, I believe it is folly to have faith in anything!  That process is in the cards that have been dealt to us, whether we like them or not;  but we can still view the process with a clear-eyed sense of reality.  Every now and then, that sense of reality leads to a beneficial act of oversight or accountability that we can appreciate.  Every system has its flaws.  At least we can equip ourselves to deal with the flaws of this one!

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By GW=MCHammered, August 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm Link to this comment
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Amen brother, Slagfish!

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By joey, August 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment
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Bush/ Chaney have soiled the constitution of the United States of America
and violated the Geneva convention and tortured and surveilled   American citizens
not to mention the thousands killed in our name.
and the best Bill Clinton can come up with against Bush is a credit card violation
What the f… is going on
maybe Bill Clinton is a neocon not a democrat,that would explain allot
maybe Bubba and Duba are closer than we thought.

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By Kretzahl Slagfish, August 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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What you people fail to recognize—and when I say you people, I mean anyone who still has a shred of faith in our political process—is that by simple virtue of having been nominated, both candidates are proven to be compromised beyond redemption.  The current candidate vetting process in our two-party, privately-financed system requires presidential hopefuls to sellout early and completely. Otherwise a largely complicit media will portray them as crazed midgets, clowns, or dotards, or worse yet, ignore them entirely.  Representative government is a chimera and elections are bawdy theater where bought-and-paid-for Le Pétomanes fart on an enthralled audience in exchange for votes.

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By Leefeller, August 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

Tom Semioll,

As I was cruising all the posts, you had to go and ruin it! We do not and never have been a democracy, so Clinton could not have destroyed it.

It would be correct to say our Liberties have been destroyed and are still being undermined, but that has been ongoing since WWI, Clinton may have contributed in the assault on our Liberties,  but I will let you decided on that one.

Did anyone see the scat about the ABC reporter who was thrown in jail for taking pictures in front of a Hotel in Denver, where supposed elite money bag fat cats and Senators were meeting?

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By Tom Semioli, August 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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Clinton’s actions paved the way for the Bush Aministration - they both destroyed democracy in this country - the only difference is that Bill is a better actor.

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By Mudbones, August 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

Great speech

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By quixotic, August 28, 2008 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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Everyone say awe! Does anyone remember Clinton’s foriegn policy? Yugoslavia? Nato massascres blamed on Milosvic by an illegal tribunal according to the security council? bombing and placed sanctions on IRAQ that cause over 500k in death of Iraqi’s,? bombing of Pharma plant in Sudan that lead to a medical crises which the people of the region needed to treat malaria, t, hiv etc? passing Nafta? cutting aid from single mothers? YOU “PEOPLE” HAVE NO HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE AND ARE BLINDED BY “GREAT SPEECHES” W/O EVAULATING THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN FORIEGN AND DOMESTIC POLICIES? U HANG UR HAT ON THE LEADING CANDIDATES AND CARRY ON,  MCBAMA IS RUNNING OUTTA CHANGE AND SAVE YOU, IF U THINK THEY WILL THINK AGAIN

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By AgathaX, August 28, 2008 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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Yes.  Bill gave a good speech.  It was more than good.  It was perhaps his only speech ever with a quotable line.  He said most everything that needed to be said, including the reminder that inexperience was used against him and that Obama is clearly ready to be president—a sentiment his wife was not big enough to express.  He spoke to a much broader audience than did his wife, who smirks and sulks and ran one of the most disasterous campaigns in modern history.  And he outshone her, like he has done every day of his life. 

He was in peril of being utterly irrelevant and he decided it was time for a comeback.  I still don’t trust him.  He’s too unreliable.  He could have been saying these things every day for the past months, but he would not.  Whether he was managing expectations and creating drama by leaking word of his own hurt feelings, or truly throwing a hissy fit, who knows.  It doesn’t matter.  He has reminded us why we liked him, but more than that why we like Obama.  Obama offers steady calm punctuated by inspiration.  You need never worry whether he is going to do something inappropriate or not do something that needs to be done. 

Four more months.

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By ted tyson, August 28, 2008 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

jackpine savage—
            the comment below is for you.

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By ted tyson, August 28, 2008 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

with all that is at stake at this convention, you are obsessing about a bracelet.  and you say CLINTON should grow up?  pathetic.

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By Stephen Smoliar, August 28, 2008 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Someone had to look for the subtext, so it looks like I had to volunteer:

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By troublesum, August 28, 2008 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

Now he’ll never go away.

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By Diana Preston, August 28, 2008 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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“M’am,lemee show yuh this little cream-puff on thuh back row…” Puhleeze, direct this repulsive old lecher to the back exit; you know, where the dust-bin of history is parked.

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By Eric L. Prentis, August 28, 2008 at 9:03 am Link to this comment
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President Clinton delivered a world-class speech at the DNC Wednesday night, proving, once again, he is the most capable, talented and respected politician of his generation. President Clinton skillfully passed the torch to Sen. Obama, the new leadership generation. Lets leave the old failed Republican past behind, vote Democratic for the best future.

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By Southern Gal, August 28, 2008 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Bill Clinton’s speech was brilliant.  Obama should use him on the campaign trail. Allowing Bill to promote Obama as Commander in Chief would show the depth of Obama’s confidence in himself.

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By KPinSEA, August 28, 2008 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

Unsurprisingly, the best speech of the convention.

Also, whatever the new diet is, it’s working, he looked very fit.  Does he go into training like Rocky when he knows a convention is coming up?

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By jackpine savage, August 28, 2008 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

Is he wearing a hemp bracelet?  If so, someone should whisper in his ear that it is time to grow up…

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By Nannie Turner, August 28, 2008 at 6:00 am Link to this comment
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This convention was dead in the water.On Tuesday night,Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton walked on stage and showed us true greatness.Her loss of the nomination is America’s greatest loss in this century.She brought life back into the convention and unity to the democratic party.On Monday night Senator Ted Kennedy appeared,in spite of his recent illness and of course he also gave an inspiring speech.It was said that he “passed the torch"to the nominee.With all due respect,Kennedy never had the torch.He was never our president.The torch was passed last night in Denver by our one and only Democratic president to be elected for two terms since President Theodore Rosevelt.The challenge now belongs to Obama.He must sink or swim on his own merit.I,myself am a lifetime Democrat,and have not yet decided on my choice for president.I am not yet convinced of his ability to lead my country.President and Senator Clinton have demonstrated their love of country and the Democratic party,in that order.They are truly the heart and soul of the Democratic party.They are the real deal

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By sns, August 28, 2008 at 5:52 am Link to this comment
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love the cutaway shot of Michelle Obama with her dour condescending expression—ugh

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