In 48 minutes, former president Bill Clinton reminded the country of why he is considered by many to be one of the greatest speakers in American history. Clinton showed that he is still very capable of connecting to an audience and telling an amazing story that highlights his political beliefs and what he thinks is best for the country. The former president touched on many themes including the power of constructive cooperation and compromise, shared prosperity and equal opportunity. Clinton may be the one person capable of energizing a crowd like a successful coach of a sports team before the big game while educating them like a college professor before the tough exam.
The former president’s speech and nomination of President Barack Obama was substantive, detailed, personable and charismatic all while destroying the Republican platform issue by issue. Clinton succinctly framed the prevailing theme from the recent Republican National Convention. “In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy… We left him a total mess, he hadn’t cleaned it up fast enough…so fire him and put us back in.” From saving the auto industry, to lowering taxes for 95% of Americans, to creating a policy that provides affordable health care to all Americans, Clinton detailed President Obama’s accomplishments while explaining the challenges of his presidency. “No president, not me, not any of my predecessors… no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”
Most importantly, Clinton, in his eloquence, moved the conversation squarely to contrasting the platforms of each party as they relate to the middle class. His message was clearly designed to resonate with independent voters and to energize those voters from four years ago who are frustrated with the slower than expected recovery of our economy. He painted a vision for our country’s future by paralleling the success of his presidency with that of the next four years of President Obama’s. Former President Clinton has spoken and there is little doubt that America has listened — and America will be better off for it in November.
Jasper Alexander is a contributing writer to The Burton Wire.