Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton Reactions: He Love You Long (Long, Long) Time

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Lust, love and a little bit of loathing dominate the reactions to former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention last night in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although reports that Clinton is still speaking this morning could not be confirmed by press time, many observers seem to have wanted even more of the nearly 50-minute peroration. Some reactions:

Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
Were you watching former President Bill Clinton's nomination speech just minutes ago for incumbent President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention? More to the point, what were you doing while you were watching it? Judging from the humid torrent of tweets — and a peculiar similarity in the language and tone — we suspect nine months from now we'll be greeting the first generation of Clinton Boomers.
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Dolph Ziggler, @HEELZiggler
WHAT A SPEECH! Im so turned on right now! @BillClinton for PRESIDENT 2012 #DNC #DNC2012

Associated Press
Clinton is counting on voters to recall the 1990s wistfully and to cast a vote for Obama in hopes of replicating those days in a second term. But Clinton leaves out the abrupt downward turn the economy took near the end of his own second term and the role his policies played in the setting the stage for the historic financial meltdown of 2008.

Josh Barro, Bloomberg
Clinton is the only living president who presided over a strong economic expansion. His sincere seal of approval on the Obama jobs record could go a long way with the "angry, frustrated voters" he was addressing.

Alexandra Petri, Washington Post
His speech went on for 50 minutes. It was like Return of the King, except that you kept thinking Return of the King was about to end, and the longer Clinton spoke, the more convinced you became that his speech wouldn't.

John Podhoretz, NY Post
Like any fast-talking defense lawyer, he made the weakest parts of his case sound as plausible as the strongest part of his case — the idea that the economic disaster the president inherited was so severe, he couldn't have cleaned it up in four years.

Molly Ball, Atlantic
Clinton evoked nothing more than a country lawyer earnestly trying to save his client, and willing to exhaust every argument at his disposal to do it.

Peter Suderman, Reason
The whole speech was a masterful bit of sleight of hand: He touted his own economic record, attacked the Republicans for their hypocrisies — and then concluded that the correct response is to vote for Obama. Essentially, he tried to transfer his own economic record to the current president.

Dori Toribio, @DoriToribio_Rne
Clinton: En tiempos dificiles, la confrontación puede funcionar en política.. pero no en el mundo real. Lo que funciona es la cooperación

Jim Geraghty, National Review
Clinton has a gift for making the unreasonable sound reasonable and making the reasonable sound unreasonable, and it worked for the first . . . ten to fifteen minutes or so. But somewhere around "partnership, not partisanship" — a sentiment completely at odds with every other speech given at this convention, and about 99 percent of the messaging from the Obama campaign and its allied super PACs — the speech became a bridge too far. And then it went on. And on. And on. Longer than Clinton's much-mocked 1988 keynote address.

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  1. Could we just skip the hubabaloo and sum up the MSM’s reaction to any Democratic speech during this convention as, “FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP?”

    Also, first.

  2. Clinton is the only living president who presided over a strong economic expansion. His sincere seal of approval on the Obama jobs record could go a long way with the “angry, frustrated voters” he was addressing.

    Does anyone actually believe this? After four years of Obama, there are voters out there angry about the economy ready to vote him out of office who will change their minds because bubba says everything is okay?

    What color is the sky in this world?

    1. like wild bill said the gop is barking that the black man didnt clean-up our mess quick enough.

      1. And they would have still barked if it had been a white man. Or a white woman. Really, was it with you and your racism?

    2. I was actually worried about this last night. Some of my lefty friends on facebook were gushing about the speech and how awesome it was. All I had to do was remind them that Clinton is not on the ballot this election. That popped the bubble pretty quickly….

      1. Somebody remind Obama that Bush isn’t on the the ballot, either, this election…

        And remind my lefty friends, too…

    3. You forget that most undecided voters are idiots. So it would not surprise me that this would sway them.

  3. I don’t know what everyone’s complaining about. Bill’s speech is going to be the best thing they’ll hear all convention long. Bullshite or not.

  4. I think ole Bill did exactly what I mentioned yesterday. He framed his speech to present the GOP as an existential threat to your well-being. All done in a way to get people to think emotionally, not logically, about who they’re going to vote for. When you get emotion to override logic then you get everyone to vote with their hearts instead of their heads. And when you’re asking the country to elect someone who is actively destroying it, you don’t want people thinking too much.

    Also, it’s clear then when you pack enough retards into a stadium it’s hard to give a speech without being interrupted with constant chants of “USA! USA! USA!” or “Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!” Sweet FUCK people, STFU and sit in your FUCKING SEATS!!!!

    1. I’ve also noticed a lot of boo-ing at the dem convention. On the first night the crowd actually booed the very existence of the republican convention (which ordinarily is a sentiment I can support, but seemed a little tacky in this case given that they are now doing the same thing.).

  5. Were you watching former President Bill Clinton’s nomination speech just minutes ago for incumbent President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention?

    no, I’m a straight male, so I watched the Cowboy game.

    1. Seriously.

      Football is back people! Ogletree shocked the world! Tony Romo didn’t choke in the fourth! Eli looked like Eli!

      Why would any normal guy want to watch a boring speech from a perjuring disbarred serial sex offender and Faucohontas instead of regular season football is beyond me.

      1. Because seriously, who gives a rats ass about either the Cowboys or the Giants? I’d rather watch a couple of mice fuck.

        1. Dude, I would rather watch the Bills Vs. the Browns right now instead of any convention speech.

          1. Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with NBC and their pregame show? they ban other networks from running a competing pregame show against them, and then fill their airtime with CeeLo, Mariah Carey, and No Doubt songs.

  6. The AP smackdown was pretty refreshing to read.

  7. Dude that makes all kinds of crazy sense. Wow.

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