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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bill Clinton & VP Nominee Joe Biden

Democratic National Convention
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Night Three Theme: Securing America's Future

There is something innately charming about Bill Clinton. He has a captivating speaking cadence, a soothing southern drawl, and a magnetism that borders on manipulatively hypnotic. He is also, without question, a born leader and on stage last night at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton's well known leadership capabilities reached a quintessential level.

I don't know how many of you have been following this election. Those of us who have been keeping tabs on the democrats throughout this 2008 election season were at the very least apprehensive at the idea of an unscripted Bill Clinton speaking on behalf Obama last night. Effective communication being an area that Mr. Clinton suffered in over the last year. After months of epitomizing the character of adoring, supportive spouse, an ambitious and generally overzealous Bill Clinton was often caught with his foot in his mouth during the primary season. In fact, it has been suggested that Bill Clinton, the debonair and lovable 42nd President of the United States, may have inadvertently done more damage than good for his wife's campaign. So, many of us awaited his speech last night with bated breath, wondering if we'd see President Clinton or Mr. Hyde.

He entered to a rousing lengthy and genial standing ovation, as if the audience knew the surcharge for great inspiration is best paid in advance - with a deliberate show of flattery. His greatness acknowledge and his ego uplifted, Bill Clinton hushed the crowd and proceed to the difficult task at hand - ingratiating himself among the larcenous crowd that stole his wife's destiny from her and stumping for her most ardent adversary...

I am honored to be here tonight to support Barack Obama. And to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden, though as you'll soon see, he doesn't need any help from me. I love Joe Biden, and America will too.

I heard the words and exhaled. Out the gate, a direct statement of support for both the Obama and Biden, leaving no room for misinterpretation. I knew that I was in for a true delight.

Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she'll do everything she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us.

A reiteration of his wifes support and a full personal endorsement. I snuggled back into my pillows and turned up the volume.

Actually that makes 18 million of us - because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November.
And the magic is turned on. He unifies his party and their constituents in one sentence. This is why the man is at the top of the democratic chain of command. Now onto the economic state of our country, the migration from fiscal growth to fiscal instability in the eight years we've been under Republican leadership.

Middle class and low-income Americans are hurting, with incomes declining; job losses, poverty and inequality rising; mortgage foreclosures and credit card debt increasing; health care coverage disappearing; and a big spike in the cost of food, utilities, and gasoline.
And as we suffer economically on the domestic front, our international relations have been mutilated by pompous pursuits:

Our position in the world has been weakened by too much unilateralism and too little cooperation; a perilous dependence on imported oil; a refusal to lead on global warming; a growing indebtedness and a dependence on foreign lenders; a severely burdened military; a backsliding on global non- proliferation and arms control agreements; and a failure to consistently use the power of diplomacy, from the Middle East to Africa to Latin America to Central and Eastern Europe.
And that's all before he was even on a roll!!!!

Watch Clinton's full speech below or read it here. Then check out Vice Presidential Nominee Joe Bidens intro and acceptance speech as well (read it here)!

William Jefferson Clinton

Vice Presidential Nominee Joe Biden

Joe Biden Tribute

Beau Biden's Introduction

Joe Biden's Acceptance Speech

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