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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