Live from DNC: The Big Dawg Delivers
Bill Clinton's speech last night reminded us why Democrats love him and Republicans hate him.
August 28, 2008 - 9:43 am
After all these miserable years of George W. Bush’s presidency, we are so hungry for a president who actually cares about people, can drive the economy, as well as defend America’s honor around the world, that the thoughts of what Bill Clinton produced in his two-term presidency brings about a feeling that leads to dreams of what can be again.
There is nobody who can speak like Bill Clinton, linking real world troubles here, with our dangerous real world troubles “over there.”
Our position in the world has been weakened by too much unilateralism and too little cooperation; a perilous dependence on imported oil; a refusal to lead on global warming; a growing indebtedness and a dependence on foreign lenders; a severely burdened military; a backsliding on global non-proliferation and arms control agreements; and a failure to consistently use the power of diplomacy, from the Middle East to Africa to Latin America to Central and Eastern Europe.
Clearly, the job of the next President is to rebuild the American Dream and restore America’s standing in the world.
Everything I learned in my eight years as President and in the work I’ve done since, in America and across the globe, has convinced me that Barack Obama is the man for this job.
He reminds all Democrats of what we can do when we refuse to give in. He reminds what we can do even after Democratic enemies go hunting for our candidates like right-wing radio did to him in the 1990s, with the full force of the Republican smear machine backing him. Like people of Jerome Corsi’s ilk did to John Kerry, and others like one writer of the National Review is now trying to do to Barack Obama.
William Jefferson Clinton not only made the case for Barack Obama last night. He linked his own presidency and what was accomplished during Bill Clinton’s amazing run in the Oval Office to Obama in a way that was meant to remind everyone of what could lie ahead if Obama wins.
We don’t call Bill Clinton the Big Dawg for nothing. It’s why Democrats love him and the Republicans hate him. No matter what is thrown at him he just keeps on coming, delivering, always reaching. He is quite simply politically indomitable.