Clinton's Case for Obama Better Than Obama's
Bill wows pundits from both sides, though not fact-checkers
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2012 3:52 AM CDT
Updated Sep 6, 2012 7:35 AM CDT
Clinton waves to the delegates as he stands with President Obama after addressing the Democratic National Convention.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Bill Clinton gave one of the finest speeches of either convention—and of his career—in Charlotte last night, making the case for Obama more effectively than the Obama campaign has managed most of the time, pundits say. He won praise from Democrats and Republicans alike, although fact-checkers found plenty to take issue with.

  • Clinton's "detailed and passionate endorsement" made a more comprehensive case for Obama's re-election in 49 minutes than the rest of the DNC speakers could manage in the previous 11 hours, writes Andy Sullivan at Reuters. Clinton explained tough topics and dismantled Republican arguments masterfully, writes Sullivan, who calls Clinton "Obama's most valuable weapon."

  • "This will be the moment that probably re-elected Barack Obama," GOP commentator Alex Castellanos tells CNN. "Bill Clinton saved the Democratic Party once. It was going too far left, he came in as the new Democrat and took it to the center. He did it again tonight," he says.
  • There was even praise from Fox, notes Politico. "Nobody does it better," gushed Brit Hume. "He’s the most talented politician I ever covered and the most charming man I’ve ever met. And no one in my view can mount an argument more effectively than he can." He added, however, that the speech was "self-indulgent" and about half an hour too long.
  • The fact-checkers at the AP were among the few not swooning for Bill. Clinton "cherry-picked facts or mischaracterized the opposition" several times, they declare. Among other things, he ignored the Democratic contribution to political gridlock and credited ObamaCare instead of the poor economy with keeping health care costs down.

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ghinthorn
Sep 6, 2012 4:19 PM CDT
Let's be honest, neither Clinton or Obama can make a case for this failed "presidency".
matteo
Sep 6, 2012 3:07 PM CDT
certainly very talented speaker .....i just cant believe what he said must still be explained to people...the principles and thoughts that made his speech should be clear to everyone, president or not .....to call themselves adults id say most should reach a similar level of knowledge and understanding of the world...instead its very, very few people !
FLGator
Sep 6, 2012 12:35 PM CDT
So, the prez. who was impeached for telling his lies is better than hobama? Yep, it's gonna be fun come November when the trash gets emptied in the White House.