DNC 2012: Bill Clinton Gives Rousing Defense of President Obama

Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing defense of President Barack Obama’s handling of the weak U.S. economy and launched an attack on Republican Mitt Romney in a speech that electrified the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

President Bill Clinton ended day two of the Democratic National Convention by breaking down the high stakes of this election. Photo: BarackObama.com

In an extraordinary prime-time speech to the Democratic party convention in North Carolina, Clinton urged Americans to “renew the President’s contract” despite their frustrations with his performance.

Obama, he said, according to Reuters, should not be blamed for the poor economy he inherited in 2009 and has set the foundations for strong growth – if voters will give him more time and re-elect him on November 6.

“Listen to me now,” said Clinton. “No president – not me, not any of my predecessors – could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.”

“A lot of Americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy,” Clinton said. “If you look at the numbers, you know that employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again, and a lot of housing prices are even beginning to pick up.

“But too many people do not feel it yet,” he said, and then vowed: “If will you renew the president’s contract, you will feel it. You will feel it. Folks, whether the American people believe what I just told you or not may be the whole election. I just want you to know I believe it. With all my heart I believe it.”

BillClinton said while Obama would eventually rescue them from the “total mess” he inherited, his Republican challenger Mitt Romney would turn the US into a “winner-take-all society” and leave them behind, writes The Telegraph.

“Are we where we want to be? No,” said Mr Clinton, his voice hoarse by the end of his speech. “Is the President satisfied? No. Are we better off than we were when he took office, with an economy in free fall, losing 750,000 jobs a month? The answer is yes”.

Clinton mentioned Republican Mitt Romney a handful times, but laid out a framework that he said defines this election.

“If you want a winner-take-all, you’re-on-your-own society, you should support the Republican ticket,” Clinton said. “But if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility -– a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

In short, he said, according to The Huff Post, the Republicans came to Tampa to deliver a simple message about Obama: “We left him a total mess, but he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.”

Clinton hit GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who had attacked Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare, when his own budget proposal included those same cuts, in the same style.

“You gotta give him one thing. It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did,” Clinton said.

“I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside,” Clinton said, styling Obama as “the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party” and of his popular legacy, while contrasting him with Romney, a multi-millionaire former private equity boss.

Former president on Wednesday night paid tribute to the President’s reconciliation with Hillary Clinton as proof of his desire for co-operation. “He appointed Cabinet members who supported Hillary in the primaries,” he said. “Heck, he even appointed Hillary!”

Barack Obama joined him onstage for a brief moment after Clinton finished speaking, causing the crowd to erupt. Clinton bowed to the current president as Obama walked out, the two men embraced, waved to the crowd, and then walked toward backstage.

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