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Clinton's Bridge to Barack Obama

I knew from the moment I met Bill Clinton in 1987 that he would be president some day. This was a common experience among people who met Clinton in the late 1970s and 1980s. And all the talent that I saw then was on display tonight.

Obama could not have asked more of Clinton. He didn't just endorse Obama. Clinton made a coherent, understandable, entertaining case for Obama's election -- and against John McCain. There were a lot of good lines, but it was vital that Clinton said this:

"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."

Bill was stronger in his pro-Obama rhetoric than Hillary was. And Bill linked Obama to his old arguments and his old commitments.

Four years ago, I began a column written at the Boston convention that nominated John Kerry with the words: "So is it still Bill Clinton's party? Or is it Barack Obama's party?" I argued that "Obama looks like the figure at the end of that bridge to the 21st century that Clinton promised to build." Tonight, Bill Clinton gave a strong nod to the idea that maybe even he sees that as a real possibility.

By E.J. Dionne  | August 27, 2008; 9:51 PM ET
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President Clinton was the first two-term democratic President in the modern (post World War II) era. He's a pioneer. And he needs to pioneer a new role for former Presidents. He's a politician. He's only 62, and he needs some meaningful work - and we need him. Special envoy to the Middle East?

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Everybody emphasizes that Bill was the only 2-term Democratic president since WWII, but the more important fact is that Bill was the last successful American president, prior to the fiasco that followed him.

Posted by: mjames2 | August 28, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I hope President Clinton can help the Obama campaign combat the obviously Rovian tactics that are emerging on the Republican side. Bill was a master of the intelligent rebuttal.

Posted by: NMAIF | August 28, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton was a rock star tonight! He was genuine in his love of country then and now, and he knows how to break things down so people will laugh at John McCain for clinging to the Bush legacy. I hope Obama can hit a similar note.

Posted by: murrayewv | August 28, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Was'nt he the one who was criticized for attributing the passage of the Civil Rights Act to LBJ (by the way today would have been his 100th birthday without any mention of him). It is good we can quickly get over some things--or is this real?

Posted by: justjoe | August 28, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

YAWN!!!! The Clintons know EXACTLY what to say. Hillary HAD to drool, do did Bill. Someone just ask Obama why...exactly why, does he want to be president? He's a great resume builder and little else. I have no idea what all this "he's ready" stuff is about? Can anyone give three concrete examples of career-related reasons to show that Obama is ready to be the top guy of the United States?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is the best thing happen to
america and the world.

Posted by: andyb | August 28, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse


I have never been fond of the Clintons, though I respect their toughness, determination and intelligence . I have to admit I feel more empathetic toward them after the convention and their ability to rise to the occasion to rally the party. They showed class in the face of defeat .

Hillary is one smart lady and I hope Obama will put her to work on the toughest job that appears almost impossible - establishing national health insurance .
Our system is so broken and we are all one illness away from bankruptcy . And many of us are middle class with NO coverage that is affordable .

Posted by: geddiegirl | August 28, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Importanly Obama can now campaign on the economy alot harder than he could before. I.e. he can say: Yes we can bring back the good times like from 1992 to 2000.

Bill made it very very clear why G.W. Bush was a failure, the numbers are just astounding 25 million jobs versus 5 million. Average 'real' income actually going down. The list goes on.....

Bill was probably the best ever at making complicated things seem simple and then backing it up with facts and numbers. People understood why he was doing things, not just what he wanted to do. Its really astounding frankly.

Obama soars alot, but he could gain alot of substance by taking a few pointers from the old guy.

Posted by: DCDave | August 28, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Plus yes, the two things McCain is wrong about were great great points (Obama should use them). My guess is that this is stuff he was saving for Hillary. Anyways, if John Kerry and Al Gore would have taken Bill's advice maybe one of them would have won an election.

Lets hope Obama doesn't make the same mistake. No pun intended.

Posted by: DCDave | August 28, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous-
You asked for "three concrete examples of career-related reasons to show that Obama is ready to be the top guy of the United States." I can give you MORE than three:

1. First African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review
2. Three years as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago, one of the toughest neighborhoods in America. Registered thousands of voters through Project Vote, people who had sworn off politics forever and rarely voted
3. Two-term senator in the Illinois State Legislature
4. U.S. Senator from Illinois
5. On recent trip to Israel/Palestine, Sen. Obama personally visited Israelis AND Palestinians (John McCain simply telephoned the Palestinian leadership for less than 20 minutes).
6. John McCain failed to vote on ONE single piece of legislation regarding green energy (including federal funding for wind power). Obama voted three times in FAVOR of green energy initiatives.
7. Sen. Barack Obama, according to Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, was "right" on Iraq. The Iraqi government itself agrees with Sen. Obama's plan on removing American troops.

Shall I go on? Of course I can, but you won't budge anyway. Your mind was made up along the lines of "I won't vote for that darkey." Americans are better than that sort of thinking, which is why Barack Obama WILL win this election.

Posted by: David | August 28, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

"He's only 62, and he needs some meaningful work"

It was said in 2004 that he wanted to Secy Genl of the UN. Unfortunately, Dim Son ascended the throne of Emperor sans clothes, and the oppty went away.

Still think he could be great at the UN.

Posted by: No Way No How No McCain | August 28, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Dionne is right: there is a natural succession from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama. This sense is why many supported Obama. The tension between Obama and the Clintons has been ironic and a lesson on the dangers of "dynastic politics" -- i.e. wives and heirs competing for the throne.

Posted by: mnjam | August 28, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

"Shall I go on? Of course I can, but you won't budge anyway. Your mind was made up along the lines of "I won't vote for that darkey." Americans are better than that sort of thinking, which is why Barack Obama WILL win this election."

This only shows that if anyone has a criticism of Obama then that person must be racist!!
I'm an independant. I'm of mixed race myself and will not be voting Obama.
You're reasons to vote for him are NOT sound and are very much surface-level. Look up "Acorn" the people Obama worked for as a community organizer and read how much voter fraud they're responsible for. Stop trying to make people out to be racist who question the Barack! That, is not American! Do some research!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I hope Barack will openly give a symbolic olympic "torche" to Hillary, telling her, you are the GIRL for the health reform job. I, and America need you!
That will give a big "spiritual kiss" to her supporters and blast the republicains hope of getting her supporters in the air.

Posted by: yvon | August 28, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

Abraham Lincoln was our greatest president and commander-in-chief. His "career-related" resume when he became president was thinner than Obama's. Other than having practiced law (as Obama has), he was in the Illinois House of Representatives 8 years and in the U.S. House of Representatives 2 years. He had an undistinguished and uninfluential legislative career. He was known for his oratory and for a speech he made against the Mexican-American War (because he believed the President - Polk - went to war for his own glory).

Obviously, it was not Lincoln's career-related experience that made him the great president and commander-in-chief he was. Do you think that, perhaps, wisdom, intellect, judgment, thoughtfulness, communication skills, courage, etc., might account for what he was able to accomplish as President? Oh, and when Lincoln was elected he was only four years older than Obama is now, so age, also, is not a guarantor of being qualified. (Teddy Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were all younger than Obama is when they were elected and, in my opinion, had very successful presidencies.)

Posted by: Byron | August 28, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Hillary and President Clinton challenged and raised the bar for Obama. For Obama to succeed and sound sincere, he must deliver a speech above Hillary's and President Clinton's.

But with Obama, he'll xerox what the Clintons said in their speech. Prez Clinton was pouring on Obama Hillary's campaign policies. Obama has nothing to offer so what the heck, steal Hillary's programs.
Mrs. Obama's face looked so horrible at the sound of super cheering for the Clintons. She underestimated just how much love and respect the Clintons still receive from the citizens. Eat your crappo Mrs. Obama. If you become first lady it's because the Clintons made it happen. Ungrateful witch.

Posted by: Mrs. Phoenix | August 28, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Barack was in the Illinois legislature & the Senate. However, where has Barack the leader been in the state legislature & as a US senator? I can't think of one thing he accomplished in almost 12 years except lots of vision. Where are the results???

Posted by: still looking in illinois | August 28, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Barack was in the Illinois legislature & the Senate. However, where has Barack the leader been in the state legislature & as a US senator? I can't think of one thing he accomplished in almost 12 years except lots of vision. Where are the results???

Posted by: still looking in illinois | August 28, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons are super classy. Obama praised and admired republican president Raegan and at every chance mocked and tried to destroy president Clinton's achievements as president. Obama's campaign and goon followers were hateful, sexist and racist toward the Clintons.

Eat chit Obama. The Clintons gave you affirmative action.

Posted by: Mrs. Phoenix | August 28, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

There was no reason to bring skin color into this debate, least of all with a racial slur. It ruined the otherwise plausible list of Obama's resume. At the same time it is mind boggling that a person of mixed race would be voting against Obama and for a person who is sure to make policies that are detrimental to his interests. Wake up, sir, the con men have got you, again.

Posted by: C. Price | August 28, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I thought President Clinton was amazing this evening.

I'm a die-hard Hillary supporter and have yet to make the leap to support Obama. I'm at least now giving Obama a serious consideration.

I am still so disappointed in how the media and Obama's people have treated the Clintons. Perhaps the healing is now starting. I'm not there yet but maybe one day.

Posted by: Rob | August 28, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Brilliantly argued, Byron; I couldn't agree more with the Lincoln analogy, which I've been making to McCain supporters and/or those on the fence in my battleground state of Michigan.

Posted by: Sarah Riegle Lemelin | August 28, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

i like obama

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey Anonymous, you'er asking for" three concrete examples of career-related reasons to show that Obama is ready to be the top guy of the United States", but President Bush had all the experience and look at the mess the country is in right now...whats your point??
I say give the Democrats a chance to prove their mettle...because we already seen what the Republicans can do.

Posted by: zandolee | August 28, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Bill was supposedly more bitter than Hillary about her losing. Yet the irony is his speech was more supportive of Barack and more effectively a counter to McCain than hers.

Posted by: Independent | August 28, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

next to John F Kennedy, i think Bill Clinton is greatest.

Posted by: daisy | August 28, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

I am not American but very interested in looking at the presidential election campaigns, those like warfares but not bloody at all.

Reagan at the moment of being elected, or even when he was way into his second term, he was frequently challenged for the suitablity for the presidency. I remember that the quote at that time was he was a great actor thus had been able to advocate the policies that he might not really understand himself, like economics, like ideological wars. Many historians placed great value on his presidency because of the successful delivery of those policies. He was on stage, but the director, set designer, art director worked behind the stage. The American democracy enabled that to happen.

So whether or not Obama is ready is not the core question, the choice of his team and the way to present them are. I do think his choice of the vice president weakened his position. Can anyone remember the difference when Clinton chose Al Gore from Senior Bush kept Dan G?

Posted by: PSF(HK) | August 28, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

"God damm America." The curse of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for the last 20 years. It's a disgrace to nominate an anti-American Obama to be the presidential candidate of the USA. How about his anti-american wife? Her Monday speech is considered to be the 2nd time Michelle Obama said she was proud of America. "God damm America."

Posted by: K30a | August 28, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I just want to say I wish McCain had a few more houses, like that matters. What a joke it is that that’s all they can come up with on McCain, it hardly makes up for all the bad associations that keep surfacing about Obama one after another after another! Also, I can prove just how terribly unprepared a person he is. A 7 year old girl asks him a very simple question in July of 2008: Why do you want to be president. Uh America isn't what it used to be and it's uh not uh all that it could be and I don't want my daughters to uh inherit all these problems, blah blah blah America sucks whatever. Now, a week later at Saddleback he's asked the same question. Surprise, surprise, surprise. What do you know a completely different answer totally all polished and great. This tells us that in July of 2008 after he's been running for over a year and a half, he's caught completely by surprise by this simple fundamental question. He didn't have a good answer for why he wanted to be president. This is all telling and a total disgrace!! And he thinks the American people would be so naive as to elect him as commander in chief of the greatest, most admired, most powerful nation on earth. As slick Willie said in his speech, thanks but NO THANKS!!!

Posted by: L. Schmidt | August 28, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

This is for independant.

That was the shortest speech of Bill Clinton's career. Man, now that's how you deliver a speech, ten times better than anything barackoli (people hate broccoli) has ever said. Bill said what they wanted him to say, and got the heck out of there fast. I don't think he's going to be able to hold down any solid food for about three weeks after what he had to go through tonight. I think he tried to act like he was sincere in his words, but you could tell HE could hardly believe what he was saying. Yesterday he said if you have a choice between picking someone who you agree with 100%, but can't get anything done (obama) or someone who you agree with some of the time but he can get the job done (McCain) who would you pick. He said this yesterday August 26th and all of a sudden the very next day he's behind Obama. I smell a fake fake fake. Then again, is there any breathing person who doesn't know Bill Clinton is the biggest liar of all time.

Posted by: G. Kaiser | August 28, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

unfortunately, i grew up in the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, and the 2000's. from reading history and what i grew up seeing what has happened to this country, i tend to think that no matter who we put in office will not matter anymore. congress and the president will keep having a controversy on what is right. presidential candidates have speech writers telling them what to say and they do not let us know what they really want to do with this country. how it wouldn't be great if we could go back in time to the railroad and meet the candidates and ask them questions and hear exactly what they want to do. at this time i don't believe that anyone is capable of straightening this country out in four years, i think we just learned that with george bush. if we were to elect someone into the presidency at this time i think it would have to be someone who is more concerned about the united states then what is going on in the rest of the world. its time to go back to our revolutionary fathers and start building our country where they left off, but i dont believe that will happen because we are more worried about what is going on in the rest of the world and not about us. show me a candidate that can do that and i will vote for them, the only one i saw in my lifetime was ross perot, when i actually registered to vote. in order to make this country better for our children and other generations to come, we need to begin thinking about the future and not about now. i think reagan took care of that and we haven't had a president since that thinks about the future.

Posted by: simba | August 28, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

I agree with anonymous on the darkey comment, it was uncalled for. But it seems to be that every time anyone disagrees with Barack you have to be a racist. Bull, could it be that we can't get past his past, 20 yrs. with Wright, Ayers, Resko and all the other ones he seems to hang with. He came up awfully fast with help from some one. Chicago is noted for their corrupt politicians.

Posted by: enorm | August 28, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the right leader for the 21st century for our beloved country. A senior citizen, I have watched with horror as the Bushies and now the McBushies have driven the US further and further into calamity. We have squandered our wealth and worse our honor and reputation; we have mortgaged our grandchildren's future; and our men and women are maimed and killed for a war we should not have entered. Please, dear fellow citizens, work with our better angels and turn the stained page over to a different politics and a better world. Stop already with the McSlime demonization of a good man and of good Americans and throw the scoundrals out.

Posted by: shirl | August 28, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Quote from slick willies speech "The Republicans will nominate a good man who served our country heroically and suffered terribly in Vietnam. He loves our country every bit as much as we all do. As a Senator, he has shown his independence on several issues. 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" since when are these the questions? The real questions are energy independence, the economy, and what are Obambi's accomplishments? NADA darn thing and this is the whole truth.

Posted by: Factfinder | August 28, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama should be thankful for the Clintons.
They are both intelligent and they were
treated bad by obama staff and also the
press. You helped elect him and not really the people. He should thank the press for putting him in the front.

Posted by: George | August 28, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

The void between the Dems and Pubs is so vast that I am almost facinated why people would want 4-8 more years of the agony we are experiencing now. The failed policies of the Bush administration counterpointed with the forward thinking of the Obama platform leaves me no doubt that the Dems should carry the election. I vote candidate and not party. I have voted Pub, Dem, and Indy in my 50 years, but this election is a no brainer. Obama and Biden have the vision, McCain and ? give us more misery of the last 8 years.

Posted by: vagabond10 | August 28, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

As a Hillary supporter I will be following her advice and voting for Barack - barring any major problems that emerge with him between now and the election (I was planning to vote for McCain before Hillary's speech last night, but I will follow my leadership - they made their points well).
On the bright side, it looks like Hillary will be very strong in the Senate and probably will have a large say in any bills that are brought to Barack's desk to sign.

Posted by: RichLiberal | August 28, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

A democratic congress with an approval rating of 9%, the lowest ever because they keep blocking everything that would help our country. You should never combine a democratic president with a democratic congress because there's no checks and balances. They'll just pass every stupid idiotic program at the taxpayers expense. If obama gets elected, I hope you all have very deep wallets or at least a very good hiding place. McCain all the way!!!

Posted by: Rep3million won | August 28, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Watching this convention only reminds me why I am proud to be a Democrat. I was a Hillary supporter and I think both Hillary and Bill gave outstanding speeches. One thing is certain, this country cannot stand four more years of the last eight years, therefore I will be voting for Obama.

Posted by: Coffeycup | August 28, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

I never get over my amazement when people gush about the lack of experience of Obama vis-a-vis McCain. The issues handled and challenges faced by presidents are NEVER faced by anybody else. Nobody has experience as president before he becomes one. The office calls only for wisdom, high intelligence, vision, courage and understanding of what the people need. When in office, the resources of the state are then marshaled toward achieving those visions. The president is like a CEO who hires the brightest minds to execute his visions. The place of experience is overblown, guys! McCain was in the forces and fought in Vietnam but never held command position. As far as the office of president is concerned what experience has he that makes him a better candidate than Obama? McCain's world view is Bushist ergo ought to be discarded.Obama's trips to Europe and the middle east adumbrated how much goodwill his presidency will bring to America.With Obama as president the damage done by Bush to America's reputation would be undone. Generally, lawyers and particularly those with the intelligence enough to be editor of Harvard Law Review (the holy grail of law journals)are better presidents. Surely Obama makes McCain look quite ordinary and puny in comparison.Besides, the pressures of the office might just incapacitate McCain within months! He is so old!

Posted by: Cythoughts | August 28, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

We get so caught up in the pageantry we miss the simple truths. We don't elect a man to be President, we elect a party that nominates and appoints nearly 5,000 people to political positions in government to steer this country.

The process we use in this country to select who will run for president is a 50 state primary, not a job interview. That means the candidate who mobilizes his/her base, manages the press, manages his campaign and handles the embarrassments and attacks the best wins and gets nominated. This is what politics is. Barak ran a better organized, more nuanced, more complete race against the second best (formerly THE best) campaign team alive today. Barak is qualified to be president because this is how it works.

The election is not about the two men, it's about the parties. The men are only part of the story (as the Bush administration has so vividly illustrated) and we choose much more than a man to be President. Choose wisely.

Posted by: Ben Funar | August 28, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton's "Great Americans" did a great job with class for Obama and Biden. The torch has been passed to Obama and it is very bright, I just hope he does not let it burn out because his future actions do not match his hype.

In Washington talk is cheap and lobbyists shape politicians actions. Example, Biden helped the credit card companies in his home state of Delaware craft the new bankruptcy laws that favored the credit card companies over the public.

The time for change is now for Obama and Biden if elected to prove to all American's that change means putting "we the people" first not second to Washington lobbyists.

Go Obama and Biden - just don't let us down like Bush and Cheney. Hopefully the Bush/Cheney nightmare will end so that finally hope and pride in America can return after 8 long years.


Posted by: edabel | August 28, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous wrote, "YAWN!!!! The Clintons know EXACTLY what to say. Hillary HAD to drool, do did Bill. Someone just ask Obama why...exactly why, does he want to be president? He's a great resume builder and little else. I have no idea what all this "he's ready" stuff is about? Can anyone give three concrete examples of career-related reasons to show that Obama is ready to be the top guy of the United States?"
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Anonymous, all things are relative.

Barack Obama is infinitely better prepared to govern this faltering nation than is John McCain.

The very fact that the political genius of the Clintons is behind Obama, while McCain inherits the despoiled mantle of George W. Bush, the worst president of the modern era, should be enough to persuade any reluctant independent, bruised Hillary supporter, or embarrassed Republican.

We cannot afford four more years of the hell this nation has endured for almost eight years now.

D. Grant Haynes

Posted by: D. Grant Haynes | August 28, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone give three concrete examples of career-related reasons to show that Obama is ready to be the top guy of the United States?

Bush, Cheney, John McCain
or
Katrina, Iraq fiasco, Keating5

Posted by: Sam PHX, AZ | August 28, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

After eight years of listening to the drivel of W, every time that I hear President Bill Clinton speak, it's like being offered a cold glass of ice water after walking through a barren, hot desert. What a great orator.

When Biden named former presidents who brought about great change in our country, I wish that he would have mentioned Clinton behind Kennedy.

Posted by: David | August 28, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

I would have voted for Hilary Clinton but I will follow her wishes and vote for Obama.
Both her and President Clinton's speches were outstanding. I still wish I could vote for Hilary for president.

Posted by: ve fish | August 28, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

I respect Sen.John but not his negative style/campaign against Obama. To say Obama is not ready to lead America is a clear indication that the old boy does not understand who Obama really is. John is a day-dreamer. Continue dreaming until Obama's victory is announced!

Posted by: Wafula Davis | August 28, 2008 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama ...............the winner

Posted by: akang | August 28, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama Biden is synonymous with Osama Bin laden i think these guys will apprehend Osama. They will put an end to terrorism.They are ready to bring Change

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm an African (Proudly Nigerian)with a good knowledge of world history, born way way before the Civil Rights Act, segregation and disappointed with the way America has sometimes treated people of colour.....And if i may add, am a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton. I sincerely believe America had missed the opportunity of a lifetime to reclaim its rightful place in the world with the DNC failing to nominate Hillary Clinton as their candidate and Barack Obama as the VP. She is undoubtedly the better candidate, with a competency factor second to none in this primary season. Barack is great there is no doubt but i think its the same thing that happened in the nomination of Bush, people knew the truth but fell for the spin,with America and the rest of the world paying the price. All spin and no spun could lead to a threadbare knit.

Posted by: Lenin Ugoji | August 28, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Its insane to listen to some of u who malice and hatred in your minds(if not your hearts) when speakin of Obama, surely u either love misery or u like the misery u see all around u. Surely u aren't that mislead or shaltered to reality. I perceive u to be a tad bit disturbed. I would bet the house and the farm that few of any of u trash talkers would even TRY to organize anything anywhere on the southside of Chicago,let alone in any large inner city (well just maybe but there better be some sheets nearby). I beckon that as privileged as u are that non of u have a degree (that's not a temperature settin), well maybe a P.H.D(Player Haters Degree). U sound as though u were raised in a chicken coop;lovin to live on scraps,comin at folks sideways,mad cause u can't fly,too busy peckin at little chit to be effective,and bound to have your neck wrung. Can U say Ba ba ba ba Barack. Misery likes company and I guess u just couldn't stand bein alone again.

Posted by: Betty Neverdid | August 28, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

I get all worried about the messianic status my American friends are given Barack Obama and his team. Messiahs make terrible politicians and dangerous leaders(Adolf Hitler et al)Most worring is the almost certain vilification of any who dares to critic obama's policy statements/actions. You know why i admire Bush? he never for once responded in personnal way to all the insults Dems threw at him.
Americans are their own worst enemies no wonder Stalin called them 'Useful Idiots'

Posted by: Petra | August 28, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Came on America....the time is now or never .do or die. To be or not to be, be on board to the land of hope or chip out to wallow in the miasma of deceit, terminological inexactitudes, dubious, archaic, redundant, excommunicated and retrogressive plans of the other side. Come on you got the man, you got the kind of leadership you have been yarning for and the Bills summed it up for you. He knows what is best for the country, He is the best after Bill... the man is Barrack.. Barrack Obama.

Posted by: dixie | August 28, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Where is the apology from the prostitute Dionne? Till yesterday the Dionne pimp said Bill and Hill were trying to rip the Dems apart.

Shame on you EJ

Posted by: duh | August 28, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton was a two term governor when he bacame president. Moreover, unlike Obama, Clinton did not belong to a church based on Black Liberation Theology whose pastor trashed whites and the USA.
McCain 2008, Hillary 2012.

Posted by: mehuwss | August 28, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons did what they had to do, but they did it in a very professional manner. You better believe that Obama wrested the power in the democratic party from the Clinton's unwilling hands. They definately harbor harsh feelings towards Obama and his supporters, but even the Clinton's realize that grudges at this point aren't in their interest. They are great actors, like all good politicians.

There should be little doubt at this point that Obama made the correct choice for VP.

Now that the drama is over, Obama can move into what he does best: provide hope for change. His speech tonight should be great - right in his strike zone.

Posted by: John B | August 28, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

there is no question, Bill is still the best. No matter how many times he is down; no matter how many of his intemperate outbursts are overheard, when it comes down to summing up policy choices, framing the debate and sheer logic, Bill Clinton delivers. His timing was razor sharp and there was no question he was on a roll. To those who think he was "faking' it, you are probably right. Every single time a speaker like Clinton steps up to speak, he is getting on the stage and 'delivering' a performance. That is why his oratory is so often successful--but no one could have heard him last night and wondered if his heart was in it. This was the real thing, Bill had convinced himself and, I dare say, convinced a few fence-sitters as well.

Posted by: dch | August 28, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

As the goddess of love once said 'It's the economy, Cupid.'

Posted by: Gordon | August 28, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

One of my high school teachers more than 30 years ago made an interesting suggestion. To wit: If you're having problems deciding to vote *for* someone, consider couching it in terms of voting *against*. I personally am not wild about Obama for many of the reasons stated here, but I'm voting against McCain for pretty much all of the reasons stated so eloquently by President Clinton. Ergo I'll be voting Obama. In addition, I'm especially afraid of giving a Republican president another 4 years at "reforming" the Supreme Court.

Posted by: msj | August 28, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The type of president you pick depends on the times you live in. Right now, it's halftime in the biggest game since 1945. McCain is a man long on experience but with a tired outlook that reflects a desire to return to 1965, which just isn't in the cards. Obama is young and relatively inexperienced but with a first class mind, amazing discipline and an obvious gift for moving people in a way we've never witnessed before. Sure, he's a risk, but so is McCain (more wars, anybody?). Hillary may have been safer, but we all know the limitations there and, anyway, that's no longer an option. Put it this way, picking Obama is a leap of faith that the American way still works, that someone will rise from the most unlikely of backgrounds and through talent and force of personality, they will make an indelible mark in history.

Posted by: rm | August 28, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Sorry it took me so long to get to posting. I had to whip my negro cleaning girl. Why are these people so lazy?

Posted by: Mrs. Phoenix | August 28, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton had the intelligence, empathy, and critical thinking skills to be one of the greatest presidents of all times. But a quirk in moral habits, certainly not as horrific as the pedophilism of some Republican representatives who were brought down by their own sick habits, but quirks just the same which were the Achilles heel of potentially great men. There have been many historical affairs in the White House possibly with less obvious social role difference than between Monica and Bill. Most paramours of presidents had their own strong public and political presence. We human beings, if we live long enough, end up humbled if not haunted by past habits of mind, thought and deed. Call it karma or God's great lessons of character. In any case, Bill is trying to survive find meaning to a once illustrious life and I do believe that he recognizes (in his own vast experience) that Barack represents the talent, the intelligence, the solid humanity and moral leadership that Bill would have personified. Bill is now older and I imagine that perhaps he sees that life is a very brief walk upon the stage and what one says and the deeds that one does during the final stages of life may be the most important message we leave future generations to ponder and to learn from. Most of all, truth and deep wise insight can transcend the grasping of the ego. Barack is a wise man and Joe Biden is also an unusual and wise soul, one whose world experience and insights can only add to this presidency, one that will place our treasured country on a trajectory led by deep and good human values, domestic revitalization, and reclaiming the international alliances that will be critical to our future prosperity and ultimate survival as a nation. This country has been steered negligently during the last 8 years and we cannot afford "more of the same" in McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

All this arguing over who's better, the Clintons or Obama. Please. They're on the same team. Both sides said and did things during the primaries that were less than courteous. That's all in the past now. Put the animosity aside and do the right thing at the polls in November.

Posted by: Da Riddlah | August 28, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Clinton was so good last night he even made it sound like he wanted Obama to win even though we ALL KNOW he wants Obama to lose so Hillary can run again in 2004.. I mean c'mon just a couple a days ago he couldn't say the words Obama is ready to be President and now all of a sudden he thinks he is???.. Please.. But the Clintons did what they had to do so anyway you slice Bill and Hillary are OFF THE HOOK now.. If Obama loses it's all on him.. And people who think Hillary should be the President not Obama should realize it.

Posted by: rss | August 28, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What's the deal with all this stuff about how badly the media and the Obama people treated Hillary Clinton? Get over it. The media treated her with heightened scrutiny because she has a long and well-known and not universally admired public history and because she treated her nomination as an inevitable coronation. Obama and his people treated her as a political opponent, and were no more insulting to her than she and her people were to Obama. Clinton's people need to stop whining, just as Obama's would if he had lost. Time to fight for the values that Hillary campaigned on, and the way to do that is by getting behind Obama.

Posted by: Nic | August 28, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

America will wake up and not vote for a liberal. I heard a rumor about John Kerry for sec of state. Now that's scary!! He can get mad at world leaders and throw his phony medals at them.

Posted by: Pam | August 28, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

You actually believe all that socialism crap Biden was spouting? Birth to grave, Dems will take care of you! born with food stamps, college money, health care. Heck you don't have to work for the American dream! You're entitled to it, Uncle Sam wants to take care of you. How scary.

Posted by: swinko05 | August 28, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

testing comments ...

Posted by: Bob Greiner | August 28, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

mnjam

You are right, political dynasties should not be extended to wives, even if the wives are accomplished Yale-trained political talents in their own right. Women who marry politicians should be banned from obtaining office without regard to their own abilities.

Dynasties should be reserved for sons and brothers, like the Kennedy and Biden boys.

Posted by: Lisa | August 28, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Flip the question on "Anonymous".
What has McCain done that makes him so qualified?
You ignore the enourmous gaffes and factual wrong statements of McCain.
(Wrong on Iraq & Afghanistan & Russia).
One indicator many "reasonably prudent people" see in Obama's success.
Coming out of nowhere to beat the Clinton machine with a great organization, management of money, etc.
You can argue all day, but, appears McCain is just another rich kid riding on daddy's & grand-daddy's coat-tails.
Which candidate is self-made? From the middle class? Pulled themselves up by their bootstraps?
I am sure you remain unconvinced "bi-racial" person.
However, you asked for reasons.
I am bi-racial also. Bi-racial people with your attitude and misunderstandings are very rare. Are you what you say you are?

Posted by: KennyG | August 28, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Hispanic voters realize that if Baracky Hussein Obama becomes President, they will be at the bottom of the barrel - Baracky Hussein Obama will have to pacify the Black voters after gaining 99 % of their vote.

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: gary | August 28, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hillary supporters voting for McCain should be ashamed of themselves. You're turning your back on this country and on the last 8 years. Have fun with your 100 years of war.
Or perhaps you could look at it this way:
Hillary = Steak
Obama = Hamburger
McCain = cold hot dog off the ground
but hey the choice is yours!!! we just have to live with it.

Posted by: Simple | August 28, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

KennyG, you are a very troubled person if after GWB's eight years you still believe you and the nation are better off giving four more years to any republican, much less MacCain. I do not believe you have ever been a democrat. But that is alright. We are going to make history without you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Anonymous"
You see me as "troubled".
I wonder at what grade level you read/comprehend.
What did I write that leads you to believe I support McCain?
The one thing you got correct, I am not a Democrat. I am Independent.
To make it clear for you, I will be voting for Obama.

Posted by: KennyG | August 28, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I have been a solid Hillary supporter and
am fighting my feelings of anger and hurt in order to work for the Obama campaign as I have for all Dem campaigns since JFK's. For those who don't understand the depth of our feelings about the rejection of Hillary, let me ask you to reverse the situation. Imagine Hillary had been chosen by the super delegates. This would hurt Obama supporters, but then suppose instead of choosing Obama as Veep (based on his popular vote and popularity)Hillary chose a white male who received almost the lowest number of votes in the primary ! I guarantee Obama supporters would be storming the streets and the media. So stop calling us sore losers. We're trying to absorb all this disrespect for a deserving candidate, Hillary Clinton! We're trying to understand why Barack summarily turned Hillary away, yet expects full support from her and her husband, along with her 18 million votes. Bad decision!!! Let's hope his future decisions are of a better caliber.

Posted by: Barbara71 | August 28, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"How long is the Beast allowed to have authority in Revelations? "

Revelations Chapter 13 tells us that it is 42 months...

... Almost a four-year term of a Presidency...

According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ is:


"...a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, he will destroy everything..."

Do we recognize this description?

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Even if you don't believe in the Bible or it's teachings, how can we ignore the fact that this man has such close ties to the Muslim faith and it's beliefs?
And that the Pastor from his church preached hate against America?--No matter how much he may denounce him now, this was his spiritual leader for many years.


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In a recent news broadcast, Barack Obama made this statement with pride, 'We are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, . .." To think our forefathers fought and died for the right for our nation to be a Christian nation--then to have this man say with pride that we are no longer that.


How far has this nation come from what our founding fathers intended it to be!

Posted by: Shayna Arnold | August 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Me Damn America

Posted by: Barack Hussein | August 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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