A little bit of Bill to start your day. Massive speech last night:
Watching Bill Clinton take the stage at the Democratic National Convention and take over the room with his first few, simple words – “We are here to nominate a President and I’ve got one in mind” — was like watching a great violinist follow a group of gifted amateurs.
His commanding presence, his let’s-just-chat manner, the familiar sound of his southern growl were the perfect counterpoint to the Republican Party’s assault on President Obama at its convention in Tampa last week. He skewered the Republicans gently, biting his lower-lip in characteristic fashion. He spoke more in sorrow than in anger – while also making it clear that the Republicans had almost destroyed the country and now want to finish the job.
Gone was the resentful man who did everything he could to stop Mr. Obama from being nominated in the 2008 primaries. Here was the beloved party elder called forth from his retirement to help save Mr. Obama’s candidacy by lending the dry, aloof president his down-to-earth, loamy charm: “I want to nominate a man who’s cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.”Have a good one.
Mr. Clinton did his assigned job, which was to do Mr. Obama as much good as he could. He also probably did some good for his wife, should she decide to run in 2016. And he got to bask in the spotlight– until Mr. Obama came out to share his standing ovation and lead him offstage.