The Democratic National Convention is in full swing, following closely on the heels of the highly-publicized Republican convention. The Democrats are meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, where President Barack Obama will announce his official acceptance of the party's presidential nomination.
Former president Bill Clinton spoke at the convention tonight, and, regardless of what you think of his politics, gave an absolutely rousing speech. As former Fringe writer Zack Stentz so adequately tweeted, "Content aside, Clinton's DNC speech finally made me understand how political oratory used to be a major form of public entertainment."
But what about the content? Clinton's speech was, of course, firmly pro-Obama. After all, his wife is the most prominent member of the president's cabinet (and a highly speculated contender for the 2016 presidential election).
Clinton started by paying tribute to Michelle Obama's speech from the previous night. “I want to nominate a man who’s cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside," he said. "After last night, I want to nominate a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.”
Calling Obama "the standard-bearer of the Democratic party," Clinton didn't hesitate to criticize Republicans, not only for their policies ("You’re having a good time, but this is serious. I want you to listen, because a lotta people believe this stuff"), but for their general attitude toward the president throughout his first term.
“Though I often disagree with Republicans,” he said, “I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate our President.”
Clinton also laid into the controversial speech given by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at the RNC, which was criticized by even the right-leaning Fox News for having several factual errors. “That $716 billion [Ryan claims Obama will take from Medicare] is exactly, to the dollar, the same amount of Medicare savings Congressman Ryan had in his own budget. You gotta give him one thing, it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did," Clinton remarked with his characteristic twang.
“If you want a ‘you’re on your own,’ winner take all society, you should support the Republican ticket," Clinton added. "If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities, a ‘we’re all in it together’ society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”
It's hard to disagree with Stentz here; Clinton sure knows how to deliver a speech. The former president also made, in my opinion, some pretty valid points. I kind of want to see what politicomedy personalities like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher have to say about the speech, too, because Clinton made a lot of points about the rationality of the Republican party that both comedians have been remarking upon for years.
Love it or hate it -- what did you think about the speech?