Bill Makes The Case

If fact checking is put aside and we simply accept President Clinton’s speech in the moment, it was a hell of a speech, classic Bill Clinton. But as the famous finger punctuated his arguments the flash back to and reminder of his ability to parse the truth beyond recognition was unavoidable.

Opinion is rampant in terms of the effectiveness of President Clinton’s speech. This opinion is that President Clinton set out to do three things; to, once again, elevate his own status, to be seen as facilitating an Obama re-election and to clearly demonstrate his reported contention that President Obama is an amateur. This speech did those things. Clinton made the arguments on behalf of President Obama that the Obama campaign just can’t seem to make effectively.

The Obama team may have heaved a sigh of relief that President Clinton hit the menu of Obama campaign talking points: education, ‘investments’, the impact of inequality, economics etc. But Clinton made some other points as well. He urged ‘constructive cooperation’, intimating that it has been absent. He talked of ‘seizing opportunities’ for cooperation. Ironically, President Clinton made those arguments as excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book chastise President Obama for his inability to close the deal on cooperative efforts. According to Woodward in the aftermath of the 2010 election the President’s staff could not even find John Boehner’s phone number.

Bill Clinton parsed the arguments as no one else can, facts and omissions notwithstanding. In President Carter’s video Carter delivered the message about how hard it is to be President. President Carter offered an elegant argument excusing President Obama’s failures and shortcomings because it’s ‘so hard’. If you’re going for failure justification President Carter is your guy; he’s been at it for over 30 years. President Clinton also excused President Obama; “no one, not me, not any of my predecessors could have fixed this economy in four years.” That may or may not be true but the numbers say the argument does not hold water in the context that most feel the economy was made worse.

Bill Clinton promised us that we would soon ‘feel’ the impact of President Obama’s economic policy. There is that feeling thing again. He avoided the fact that we have been ‘feeling’ it for some time now and it doesn’t feel good. No mention of household income, housing values, foreclosures, unemployment, poverty and the 70% who think we’re on the wrong track.

President Clinton artfully avoided the fact that he wrote an entire book on economic policy this year that disagreed with President Obama on a fundamental level. The Big Dog parses on!

Jay Leno joked the DNC had a serious lighting problem; they could not get President Obama out of President Clinton’s shadow. The shadow grew longer last night.

  • D.D.Mao

    When you want to sell a product you bring in a public relations firm.The Obama administration can’t think of a way to sell their product outside of the current method of class envy and character assassination.The problem here is first of all the salesmens credibility is damaged if they want to continue the nonsensical rhetoric about “the Republican War on women”. And secondly they aren’t selling President Clinton and the supposed good ol’e days of the 90’s.Voters today realize the empty suit that is occupying the White House and won’t be bamboozled.

  • Double G

    The tone of this website sounds like a lot of typical Republican rhetoric these days: Hot Air and Sour grapes. Speaking for myself, as a little guy, I am doing better than I was four years ago. Thanks to MY federal government and MY President, I’m able to go to school, pursue opportunities that will help to rebuild a career destroyed as a result of the Bush profligacy, and get back on my feet. My job’s not done yet. My degree is still in the works, and so is my career, and my future, but I know I’m doing better today because Barack Obama is President. I work harder than anyone else every single day, but I will not give up on my dreams, my degree, my career, my future, MY government, or MY President. Now go talk to your empty chair.

  • Bill Hedges

    The article in US News was removed because OF liberal lie information disproven by little old me. Bill C’s tax hikes did not increase revenue. Newt’s tax cuts for rich DID. The Yale Professor had dates for Bill C’s tax INCREASES that included Newt’s tax cuts. He had to show increase in revenue. Having that POINTED OUT was embarrassment, _ in·tol·er·a·ble _, and article had to be removed. Newt worked for smaller government & the tax cuts for rich. Only welfare reform did Clinton agree with. Newt’s tax cuts gave us the prosperity of the 90’s. Clinton tries to STEAL TO HOME PLATE and to liberals and many Democrats HE HAS. Bill C. is a great communicator.

    Asshole writes:

    “Voters today realize the empty suit that is occupying the White House and won’t be bamboozled.”

    That time will tell. SO far “bamboozled” seems over-estimation with lacking support to claim.

    Black don’t seem to realize in sufficient numbers that Republicans came about to help the slaves. That early laws on civil rights HAD MANY with ONLY REPUBLICAN VOTES passing them. Democrat Congress members have stated social security is just like welfare. Quickly we spend what we put in. I wonder how many know that is only 1/3 of the truth.

    I understand the extremely high vote in some groups like Blacks have fallen. But “won’t be bamboozled” is way too strong a word when Nov. is so close. If Mitt had a demanding lead I just might agree. Wish was so:

    “ELECTION 2012 TRACKING”

    “Aug 30-Sep 5, 2012 – Updates daily at 1 p.m. ET; reflects one-day change”

    “TRIAL HEAT”

    “CHANGE”

    “Obama

    47%

    Romney

    46%

    -”

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/election.aspx

    “Romney Gets No Bounce From Last Week’s GOP Convention”

    “Support was 47% before convention and 46% after”

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/157262/romney-gets-no-bounce-last-week-gop-convention.aspx

    If the masses felt “bamboozled” one would expect race would not be so close. buma’s numbers has been dropping for some time as happens with many Presidents. buma win was spectacular in 08. Loss in 2010 was large but reversals are common place.

    How outcome will turn out could be decided by the flip of a coin. Race is that close…

  • D.D.Mao

    Double G:

    I’m glad “YOU” believe you are on the right track and wish you all the luck.

    NOW GO OUT THERE AND GET THAT DEGREE AND PAY OFF THAT DEBT “YOUR PRESIDENT” IS BUILDING UP !

  • Bill Hedges

    Double G

    Exactly what was “ help to rebuild a career destroyed as a result of the Bush profligacy…”

    Oh I know what Democrats S A Y. EACH OF THEIR POINTS can be disproven. Be glad to hear what you call “Bush profligacy”. Specifics please.

    Sub-prime was lawyer buma & Acorn doing. When buma says he did not cause recession HE IS A LIAR. Not completely but was in there pushing & help causing recession. They sued bank for not giving loans to unqualified home buyers. With Bill C.’s urging sub-prime booted us into deep trouble.

    Well documented proof Bush tried to stop recession and lawyer buma helped cause:

    “President Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 African-American clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Citibank have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices…”

    “…Obama has pursued the same top-down mortgage lending policies in the White House.”

    “Obama’s lawsuit was one element of a national “anti-redlining” campaign led by Chicago’s progressive groups, who argued that banks unfairly refused to lend money to people living within so-called “redlines” around African-American communities. The campaign was powered by progressives’ moral claim that their expertise could boost home ownership among the United States’ most disadvantaged minority, African-Americans.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/fact-check-obama-had-more-to-do-with-2008-economic-meltdown-than-bush-ever-did/

    “Pelosi Caught In Major Lie- Says Bush Didn’t Warn Congress About Financial Crisis… Records Show He Warned Congress 17 Times in 2008 Alone”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/05/pelosi-caught-in-major-lie-says-bush-didnt-warn-congress-about-financial-crisis-records-show-he-warned-congress-17-in-2008-alone/

  • D.D.Mao

    Double G:

    I’m not sure if I should address you as Double G or “Julia” because you seem to have the same delusional idea about the functions of government.

    I suggest while you are still in school and have the opportunity to take a course in Hayek or von Mises based economics.Once you leave school you will find it helpful if not enlightening as to how the real world works.You can’t spend continuously without paying for it and it’s going on the shoulders of your generation.

    “Now you go out and talk to your EMPTY SUIT.”

  • Bill Hedges

    Double G _ Come back. Don’t be insulted away…

    Please ignore DD Mao’s irrational exuberance. I endear him with the term ASSHOLE. Come back to site and express your politics. I am of the TEA _ per·sua·sion _ and agree with most of his politics but my skin crawls doing so as if infested with bed bugs. He has that effect with burst of asinine remarks such as “I’m not sure if I should address you as Double G or “Julia” qualifies him as a mad hatter. No rational reasoning for writing that. Many are of your political _ per·sua·sion _ .

    Most old sayings or terms have roots in reality. In century past a hat maker used mercury causing craziness and thus the term _ mad hatter _.

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