Bill Clinton: 'Obama Is Ready'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 8:29 PM CDT
Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton tonight delivered a forceful endorsement of Barack Obama, saying that the newly anointed nominee is ready and able to undo the damage of the Bush administration. "Barack Obama is the man for this job," said Clinton, who had feuded with his wife's rival throughout the primaries. He echoed Hillary's speech of last night by calling on her supporters to rally behind him and vowed to do the same himself, MSNBC reports.

Clinton ticked off a litany of problems America faces because of Bush, both at home and abroad, and said Obama "is ready to lead this nation and restore American leadership in the world." He dismissed the notion that Obama is too inexperienced, saying that he heard the same charges about himself in 1992. It was wrong then, he said, and it's wrong now. And while he offered praise of John McCain's integrity, he added, "the third time is not the charm."