Bill Clinton Makes a Better Case for Obama than the President Does

Live Blogging President Clinton’s Speech to the Democratic National Convention

10:35PM: Bill Clinton enters to Fleetwood Mac and the crowd is in his palm from the very beginning.

“I want to nominate a man who’s cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.”

He calls the Republican narrative an “alternative universe…in which everyone in this room was self-made.”

“We think the economy works better with a strong middle class…with business and government working together.”

“We believe that ‘we’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own.’”

66 million pvt sector jobs created since 1960—Democrats 42 million, Republicans 24 million.

“..Advancing economic opportunity and empowerment are both morally right and good economics.”

“We know that investments in infrastructure, science and technology…increase growth.”

“Though I disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right seems to hate this president.”

“We focus on solving problems and seizing opportunities and not fighting all the time.”

10:45: “What is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.”

Now he’s talking directly to independents.

“Their purpose was to get something done.”

“Nobody’s right all the time and a broken clock is right twice a day…Unfortunately the faction that now dominates the Republican Party doesn’t see it that way…”

“One of the main reasons we should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to constructive cooperation.”

“Heck, he even appointed Hillary.”

This guy can really work a crowd—his sense of timing is really masterful.

Former President Bill Clinton on NBC Nightly News.

“I am very proud of her. I am grateful for the relationship of respect and partnership she and the president have…signals that democracy does not have to be a blood sport.”

“We all know he tried to work with Congressional Republicans…but that didn’t work out too well.”

“Their number one priority was not to put America back to work but to put the president out of work.”

Pauses for applause, then:

“Senator, I hate to break it to you, but we’re going to keep President Obama on the job.”

Brilliantly captures and satirizes the Republican message: “We left him a total mess, but he hasn’t fixed it fast enough, so put us back in.”

“They want to increase defense spending over the next decade by $2 trillion over what the Pentagon has asked for and they wouldn’t specify on what.”

Here’s his argument for President Obama’s reelection:

“He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.”

“A lot of Americans are frustrated about this economy…Too many people did not feel it yet.”

1994-1995: “We could see that the policies were working and the economy was growing, but people didn’t feel it yet.”

“President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did.”

“No president—not me, not any of my predecessors—could have repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”

“If you renew the president’s contract, you will feel it.”

“With all my heart, I believe it.”

“In the last 29 months our economy has produced about 4.5 million new private sector jobs.”

Here’s another job score: President Obama—4.5 million, Congressional Republicans, zero.

Auto restructuring, saved more than 1 million jobs, including parts suppliers.

“Like I said, we’re all in this together.”

There are 250k more people working in the auto industry than on the day the companies were restructured.


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