Bill Clinton Said It All
By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
Bill Clinton gave his full-throated endorsement to Barack Obama at Wednesday’s convention session. Video is at The Jed Report.
Jed Lewison picked the quotes I would have written down if I hadn’t been so enthralled. (Times are Pacific Time.)
6:10PM: Bill Clinton just took the stage a few minutes ago, and was welcomed by a rousing standing ovation that went on for several minutes. The first words out of his mouth were that he is speaking tonight to support Barack Obama for president. He’s now making the case for Barack Obama to be President.
6:12PM: “In his first presidential decision, the selection of a running mate, he hit it out of the park.”
6:13PM: “Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world. Barack Obama is ready to honor the oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be President of the United States.”
6:18PM: “Most important of all Barack Obama knows we cannot be strong abroad unless we are first strong at home.”
6:18PM: Great line: “People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than the example of our power.”
6:22PM: Lambasts the GOP record across the board. “My fellow Americans, America can do better that, and Barack Obama will do better than that. But first we have to elect him! The choice is clear. The Republicans in a few days will nominate a good man….but on the two great questions of this election — how to rebuild the American dream, and how to restore America’s leadership in the world — he still embraces the extreme philosophy that has defined his party for more than 25 years.”
6:24PM: “They actually want us to reward them for the last eight years by giving them by four more. Let’s send them a simple message — thanks, but no thanks. In this case, the third time is not the charm.”
6:25PM: On the GOP’s experience attacks, Clinton recalls the same attacks made against him (when he was younger than Barack Obama but still won). “It did not work in 1992 because we were on the right side of history, and it will not work in 2008 because Barack Obama is on the right side of history.”
6:27PM: Fantastic. What a great speech.
Posted on August 28th, 2008 by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
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