Bill CLINTON Endorses Barack
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Jay B Gaskill, Attorney at Law
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Yesterday, Bill was in great form as he charmed the Democratic National Convention while delivering an entertaining case for Mr. Obama’s reelection that I strongly suspect this former president doesn’t actually want to happen.
Former President Clinton is much smarter than the current president and no doubt Mr. Obama thinks he really has an ally in old Bill.
Bill Clinton does great ad libs. His actual words taken from the New York Times transcript (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/us/politics/transcript-of-bill-clintons-speech-to-the-democratic-national-convention.html?pagewanted=all ) differed a bit from the pre-released text. The change was revealing. The new material is underlined.
“Are we where we want to be? No. Is the President satisfied? No.”
“In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s re-election … went something like this: We left him a total mess. He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough. So fire him and put us back in.
“… but they did it well. They looked good; the sounded good. They convinced me that they all love their families and their children and were grateful they’d been born in America and all that— really, I’m not being — they did. And this is important, they convinced me they were honorable people who believed what they said and they’re going to keep every commitment they’ve made. We just got to make sure the American people know what those commitments are— because in order to look like an acceptable, reasonable, moderate alternative to President Obama, they just didn’t say very much about the ideas they’ve offered over the last two years.
When Clinton argued for Obama’s second chance to get the economy right, he said –
“I like the argument for President Obama’s re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.”
Kept the bottom of the economy in place and built a foundation? Talk about faint praise for this incumbent president’s performance on the campaign’s one dispositive issue.
Imagine that Bill Clinton had said the following of Obama-Biden, “they convinced me they were honorable people who believed what they said and they’re going to keep every commitment they’ve made.”
President Obama promised an economic recovery within the first three years, or “there would be a one term” consequence. After that, not to mention the other promises made and not kept, Mr. Clinton did not dare make that claim for the incumbent. The contrast was possibly unintentional but it reveals Bill’s actual thinking.
Recall that Mr. Clinton was acting as a partisan in this partisan setting when he added the following to his extemporaneous praise of Romney-Ryan as “honorable men who will keep their commitments” –
“We just got to make sure the American people know what those commitments are— because in order to look like an acceptable, reasonable, moderate alternative to President Obama, they just didn’t say very much about the ideas they’ve offered over the last two years.”
Now, former President Clinton and Governor Romney are both intelligent men, and both know what must be done over the next three years to avoid the looming fiscal collapse. The needed measures will be painful, but clearly necessary. Getting the American people through the next four years will require authentic leadership.
A careful outline of the necessary fiscal medicine was bravely “offered over the last two years” by Congressman Ryan; it was endorsed in general by Governor Romney; and it has been clearly rejected by Mr. Obama.
…So much for the promise of meaningful leadership in a second term: As Time’s Mark Halperin has written “…most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusion: The White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.”
I think that Bill Clinton hopes for an Obama defeat, so that a republican has to do all of the heavy fiscal lifting. Then Hillary will have a clear path to the presidency in 2016.
Copyright © 2012 by Jay B Gaskill, Attorney at Law
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