27 August 2008


I'm back to blogging.
I was inspired by William Jefferson Clinton's, good ol' Slick Willy, speech. The difference between and Hillary's speech was absolutely mind boggling.
Hillary's was rubbish.
Bill's was enthusiastic, effective gold.
He has shown once and for all why he is considered one of the best orators of this time.
He explicitly recanted, with style and grace, previous Clinton campaign attacks on Barack's inexperience and inability to lead from day one. Something very simple that Hillary should have and could have said, her husband said with much more enthusiasm and (even if feigned) conviction.
Hot damn that man can talk!
Here's a link to the text of his speech:
The highlights, in my opinion:
"With Joe Biden's experience and wisdom, supporting Barack Obama's proven understanding, insight, and good instincts, America will have the national security leadership we need.
Sucks that John Kerry had to follow such a dynamic speech. Although his flipping the script on the "flip flop" theme was clever and for a split second showed a speck of personality and dare I say, humor?"
"Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world. Ready to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be President of the United States. "
There you go.
He's basically said," forget what might have slipped out over the past 18 or 19 months, forget how we might have seemed, we were just kidding. That Barack, he's alright"
The above is really all Hillary needed to say. And she failed.Her husband, by far the cooler of the two, did not only his reasonable service to the DNC and to Barack, but went above and beyond.
While laying out a clear, logical argument to those who might still be pettily considering voting from a place of frustration and "hurt" Bill reinforced why Barack really is the only logical choice for Democrats.That's assuming voters are logical.
He closed with:
"Barack Obama will lead us away from division and fear of the last eight years back to unity and hope. If, like me, you still believe America must always be a place called Hope, then join Hillary, Chelsea and me in making Senator Barack Obama the next President of the United States."
His closing,while well written , belied the fact that Bill's service was not wholly altruistic.
However, he served with a smile.
A little bit went along way.
The olive branch that Bill extended not solely to Barack supporters, but I think especially to African-American voters , will go along way to securing his legacy.
A legacy he has realised ,and hopefully Hillary, is inextricably linked to Barack's.
Overall Bill hit it out of the park and showed that he was a baby and understood that the battle was over, but the war for the White House is still on.
The energy that Bill injected into a sometimes long, drawn out even buoyed Kerry.
That's some type of speech.

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