Thursday, September 6, 2012

President Clinton Goes Full Mile in Defense of Obama

President Bill Clinton
In a speech that went 20 minutes longer than it was supposed to be, POTUS 42, Bill Clinton, gave a rousing and complete endorsement for POTUS 44, Barack Obama, to be reelected for four more years in the White House.

President Clinton's speech was filled with too many applause lines and numbers to write out here in this blog post, but his message was summed up at the end. Clinton said, "If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama."

Clinton's speech was full of details and was almost like a college lecture than a convention speech.  It's a complicated thing, but the Obama people need to get on the phone and pick Clinton's brain about how they can continue to get this message out.  They need to feature the former President in ads and on the campaign trail.  He's a huge asset.

In 48 minutes, President Clinton made President Obama's case.  Now, Obama just needs to put a nice big bow on the convention later tonight in accepting the nomination.  Thanks to the heavy lifting by POTUS 42, Obama can now give a speech that looks forward to the next four years.

On a side note, President Clinton briefly and indirectly mentioned the 2012 Primary Race between Richard Mourdock and Richard Lugar.  His point was that Lugar was cast aside simply because he was a moderate.

Kudos also to last night's other featured speaker, Elizabeth Warren.  Her speech was solid and was an excellent national introduction to a really remarkable woman.

Obama and Biden are up tonight as the convention comes to a close.

1 comment:

Paul K. Ogden said...

Trust, me if Lugar's only problem was that he was a "moderate" he wouldn't have been defeated in a primary. He probably wouldn't have had a primary challenger.

Lugar's problems were about 90% self-inflicted. You have the residency thing first of all. When he came back to Indiana, he stayed in hotel rooms. I remember a story about members of the Republican state committee meeting him a year or so ago at the Marriott and being astonished to find out that was his "residence."

Then you have the fact he wouldn't come back to Indiana to help out other Republicans. He wouldn't come back for Lincoln Days. Candidates who had pictures taken with Lugar on the rare occasions he came back to Indiana, got nasty letters from his staff saying the candidates were forbidden to use those photos in any political advertisements. Even Lugar's biggests supporters complained about how he had lost touch with Indiana.

Yeah, being a "moderate" didn't help Lugar. But he could have overcome that...easily.