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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bill Clinton's Best Hurrah

He kept Barack Obama waiting past prime time for their embrace, but the delay was worth it as an unbuttoned Bill Clinton unloaded almost an hour of vintage charm, sarcasm and passion on behalf of the President’s reelection.

“I was just a country boy from Arkansas, and I came from a place where people still thought two and two was four,” he told the crowd about his experience with the GOP.
“It’s arithmetic. We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down.

“Think about this: President Obama’s plan cuts the debt, honors our values, brightens the future of our children, our families and our nation...

“It passes the arithmetic test, and far more important, it passes the values test.”

In his zeal, the former President no doubt opened himself to scrupulous fact-checking, but he was clearly bent on spending his own new-found popularity on pummeling those like Mitch McConnell (“The Senate Republican leader said in a remarkable moment of candor two full years before the election, their number one priority was not to put America back to work; it was to put the president out of work.”

Taking Romney and Ryan head on, Clinton asked of Obama, “Are we better off than when he took office? Of course.”

Before bringing on the closer, Democrats heard from Sandra Fluke, who was called “a slut” by Rush Limbaugh for defending women’s desire to control their reproductive lives, and Elizabeth Warren, who is running to retake Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts seat.

“People feel like the system is rigged against them,” she said. “And here’s the painful part: They’re right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries.”

The stage is set for Obama and Biden tonight. They couldn’t have asked for better stagehands to prepare the way.

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