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Watch Bill Clinton's Speech at Democratic National Convention!

Watch Bill Clinton's Speech at Democratic National Convention!

Former President Bill Clinton waves to the crowd as he speaks on stage during day two of the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday (September 5) at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

“I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama,” Bill said during his speech. “I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him as the standard bearer of the Democratic Party.”

Also pictured inside: Barack leaving the White House that afternoon to make a surprise appearance at the convention ahead of his speech tomorrow night and a picture of him and his girls Malia and Sasha watching Michelle speak the night before.

Bill Clinton’s Speech at Democratic National Convention

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Credit: Streeter Lecka, Alex Wong, Mark Wilson, The White House, Joe Raedle, Justin Sullivan, Win McNamee; Kevork Djansezian; Chip Somodevilla; ; Photos: Getty
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  • Lalala…… boring

    God, he’s looking old. Chelsey Better give him grandkids SOON. I mean tik tok. Lol

  • CarolinaGirl2012

    * Time Warner Cable Arena, not Time Warner Center

  • toni

    He did great. Yes it was long, but I don’t care because he went and basically laid it all out there. Bill also knows how to connect with the audience because he had their attention the entire time.

  • Subby

    Not siding with either party, Clinton gave one of the best speeches I’ve heard in a long time.

  • Kate

    I love him

  • cambria

    Prez Clinton did a great job telling it like it is. And unlike Chris Christie, his speech wasnt all about himself

  • monica lewinsky

    hey bill

  • addie

    This might be the best speech i have ever heard in my entire life. Thats how you do it with class. There is no need for hate and anger to prove your point . #Obama2012!

  • bahha black sheep

    Love Slick Willie

  • jane

    Bill Clinton is amazing!!!

  • Subby

    @monica lewinsky:

    Lol @ that the name.

  • Jess

    Bill killed it!

  • Rachel

    Oh please, can they just nominate Bill and get rid of the current president. Bill Clinton was a good president and would do an amazing job now.

  • Just Sayin’.

    I’m a Canadian but I’ve got to admit, that was one of the best speech I’ve ever heard. I didn’t even notice how long it was since he kept you invested and wanting more. I loved how he broke things down and simplified things. I also loved him calling out the Republican party for being so hateful. As a Canadian where politics aren’t as dramatic and heated as in America, I’ve always wondered why Conservatives were so….angry. Isn’t the idea of politics and government looking out for the best interest of its people?! It’s not suppose to be about who you worship or how many times you go to Church! What does that have to do with my taxes going up or education?

  • DarkEmpress

    @Rachel: did you hear the part when Bill Clinton said that he could not have done as good a job as prez Obama has with the economic crisis he was handed?

  • Lily

    Epic, what a rockstar!

  • 2012

    Fantastic speech! I feel better about things now.

  • Jack

    He is the Brad Pitt of presidents!!

  • allison

    Put all the bullsh< t aside – this man is so powerful when he talks. People listen, even that idiot bill o'reilly couldn't defer or stomp on anything he said during their interview. He has a presence and power that i don't think can ever be emulated. I'm not american but i really hope they'll have someone in office like that again. You need someone who isn't scared off by leaders like putin, or worry if gun control is going to offend people – i really hope the next president will do that for you.. whoever that may be..(also if i could vote, my choice would be for MICHELLE obama, she gave a great speech, too.)

  • tia

    @Jack: is that a joke or…. ?
    i can’t tell. i jst really hope it is =/

  • Mimi Rogers

    Yes and don’t forget Obama blew the head off of Bin Ladin..or had his
    Navy Seals do that! Hey right! Who next? Is that the answer for
    This after keeping muslims in Gautamala Bay for years torturing them
    Why not blow their heads off 2, ! So Clinton Big Willy and Monica
    Lewinsky he liked to have it warmed up .. Before the sex!

  • @21

    Bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of THOUSANDS of innocent civilians, including many muslims.
    If ANYONE deserved to have his head blow off, it was him.
    In fact, I think that was a lot more merciful than his way of killing.
    I wish that the SEALS had given him a belly shot instead. Make him suffer like the innocents that he burned to death on 9/11.
    Obama has brass. MY favorite characteristic in my presidents.

  • P

    Shut up @tia!! No one was talking to you!!

  • groundcontrol

    Great work, President Clinton. No one explains it better than Bill. He assumes his audience is smart and mature and wants to be informed. The time just flew by.

  • tia

    @P: isnt the angelina thread open for your immature bullsh*t???

  • http://bbaby Elle

    May God bless you and your family President Bill Clinton. It was a wonderful speech and I appreciate your candor. Continue to take care of your health, you looked great tonight.

    By the way, your global philanthropic efforts hold a special place in my heart. Every one have his or her flaws, still I can tell you are a decent man.

    I’ll be voting, as I clearly cannot afford not to vote — thanks for telling the facts tonight.

  • Warren

    Well that was a great speech. I’m voting Obama!

  • Sam

    The only thing missing was the iteration ” I did not have sexual relations with that women”……. I felt like I was in the twilight zone, as if 15 years hadn’t passed and it was 1998 again, with Bill Clinton classic bs rountine for 5 hours…. What a patheic convention, abortion, class warfare, more abortion, Jew hating, evil republicans, Identity politices, Romney will rape all our women and then not allow them to abort his babies, … Let the a freak show end , all brought to from the Godless party,
    Your welcome America! 4 more years.

  • Ava

    The same 5 crack head liberals are posting…… They don’t see how patheic it for Obama to need Clinton to validate him and run on Clinton’s polices, which were all republicans, defeating Hillarycare, welfare reform, balanced budget act, lower captial gains taxes from 28% to 20%, the total opposite of left wing Obama.
    Obama’s running as if he hasn’t been President for 4 years, talk about living in the past.

    Ah vote for me end , we can all pretend that it’s 1996, Obama/Biden 96′

  • http://gossip gossip

    wish we could just vote Bill for a 3rd term

  • Ajay Jain

    Now with the Todd Akin RAPE “doctrine” and the Todd Akin and Paul Ryan connection redefining rape in the FORCIBLE RAPE BILL with 225 House Republican co-sponsors and also the PERSONHOOD BILL can not be dismissed by Romney as just another flip flop! The Romney Ryan ticket is sinking like the Titanic even before the Republican Convention where they are supposed to be NOMINATED next week!

    Vote straight Democratic ticket on November and throw the freshman class of 2010 House Republicans out because since 2010 the house Republicans have blindly opposed President Obama!

    The fact that Romney/Ryan purposely distort Obama’s $716B cut to medicare shows me just how dishonest they are. Especially since the cut is being spent on medical care, it doesn’t reduce benefits to seniors.

    Compare that to Ryan’s proposal that cuts the same amount and the money is used to make up the difference created by tax breaks for th e very rich.

    As The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn writes:
    The most significant Medicare funding difference between the two sides, at least for the short- to medium-term, is how they handle the savings these cuts generate. Obamacare puts the money back into the pockets of people who need help with their medical bills. A portion of the money is earmarked for children and non-elderly Americans, who, starting in 2014, will become eligible for Medicaid or receive tax credits to offset the cost of private insurance. A smaller, but still significant, portion of the money is for seniors. It helps them pay for prescription drugs, by filling the “donut hole” in Medicare Part D coverage. It also eliminates out-of-pocket costs for annual wellness visits, some cancer screenings, and other preventative services….

    Ryan’s budget—which, again, Romney has repeatedly embraced and said he would sign—actually takes those new benefits away. The Part D donut hole would open back up. Access to free preventative care would vanish. And where would Ryan and Romney put the money instead? They say it’s for deficit reduction. I’d say it’s really for their big new tax cuts, which disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

    “The $716 billion in cuts do not affect benefits for today’s seniors. Instead, they reduce provider reimbursements and are intended to curb waste, fraud and abuse.” —– And I’ll bet you ten thousand dollars, Ryan / Romney did NOT mention that little bit of information to the crowd…..

    “When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure that we’re, you know – that he’s just being America’s accountant and trying to be responsible… I mean this is the same guy who voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that costs as much as my health care bill – but wasn’t paid for,” Obama said on April 15, 2011.

    In 2008, Ryan released his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which described his sweeping vision for how to gut America’s main entitlement programs of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The plan made him a hero among conservative circles, and Ryan eventually remade it as his “Path to Prosperity” plan, which President Barack Obama and Democrats have criticized for embracing tax cuts for the very rich while slashing government programs that help the poor. (It wasn’t just Democrats who criticized Ryan. While running for president, Newt Gingrich called Ryan’s plan “right wing social engineering,” which probably helped kill Gingrich’s bid.)

    President Obama actually helped raise Ryan’s profile on the right by critiquing the Congressman’s budget, and just last year, Ryan was reportedly mulling his own run for president.

    Critics have called Ryan’s 2011 proposal the “end of Medicare as we know it,” and that’s true. Until now, Medicare has operated as a “fee-for-service” system; under Ryan’s plan, it would operate more like a voucher system, although Ryan and his aides have resisted this term. Medicare would cease to pay for health services directly, instead operating as a board that approves a menu of health plans for public sale and doles out predetermined lumps of money to people enrolled in Medicare, to help them buy those plans.

    After its release, the president called Ryan’s plan “fairly radical” and posited that it would “change our social compact in a pretty fundamental way,” ABC’s David Kerley reported.

    “I guess you could call that bold. I would call it short-sighted,” Obama told 500 Facebook employees and 200 other attendees at a town-hall meeting held at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in April 2011. “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless or don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout.”.

    The fact that Romney/Ryan purposely distort Obama’s $716B cut to medicare shows me just how dishonest they are. Especially since the cut is being spent on medical care, it doesn’t reduce benefits to seniors.
    Compare that to Ryan’s proposal that cuts the same amount…

  • Ajay Jain

    Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals Perry & Newt:

    1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12].

    2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12].

    3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Ric k Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].

    4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12].

    5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12].

    6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News].

    7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].

    8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11].

    9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12].

    10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].

    Just last night, Newt Gingrich defended his attacks, saying “I think there are things you can legitimately look at in Bain Capital. I think there are things you can legitimately look at in anybody’s record, including Mitt Romney’s record.”.

  • Ajay Jain

    Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

    There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here’s John F. Ince’s list. What’s yours?

    1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

    2 • Romney’s job creation claims are inflated and unreal istic. Mitt Romney’s professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.

    3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government’s ability to get its fiscal house in order.

    4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. He blindly subscribes to Republican views that climate change is not scientifically proven. He gives no indication of any desire to develop alternative sources of energy that can mitigate the man made sources of pollutants. Instead he supports the rollback of environmental regulations all but giving companies a green light to pollute the environment and waste vital natural resources.

    5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. From the Cranbrook School to Brigham Young University, to Harvard Business School to Bain Capital, it’s difficult to imagine anyone who has been less exposed to the lives and conditions under which most Americans live. The covenants of his Mormon faith are extremely rigid, restrictive and unrealistic. His devotion to his faith is admirable, but his inability to step beyond the confines of that religion suggest that he would have difficulty reconciling who he is with who others are in an increasingly diverse world.

    6 • Romney’s worldview is rooted in intolerance. He has a very narrow view of the world. America today is a diverse nation with many different racial groups, faiths, all in need of respect. The bully incident at his prep school and his aggressive corporate behavior buying and selling companies at Bain Capital suggest someone who has little desire help those who are different, less fortunate and in weaker position than him.

    7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. Mitt has no professional technical training. Most of the companies he invested in at Bain were low tech. His expertise is finance: specifically buying and selling companies. All this suggests someone who will pay lip service to the tech sector, but won’t fully grasp the potential for transforming the economy and culture through advancing technology.

    8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. He is peevish, controlling and less than transparent. He has a rigid worldview that revolves around what is best for himself and a small circle of those who support him.

    9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. His four years as Governor of Massachusetts do not give him sufficient knowledge or expertise to effectively deal with an increasingly complex world. On the job learners nearly always make blunders, sometimes blunders so large that they create huge problems for the U. S..

    10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. His fudging of issues is a sign that he feels he can head fake his way though difficult debates. His statement that he does not remember the prep school bully incident is implausible. His evasiveness over release of tax forms and embellishment of his accomplishments are all red flags. His decisions as an executive at Bain Capital were not rooted in ethical behavior. The man is simply not forthright enough to earn the trust of the American people.

    11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.

    12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma

  • Ajay Jain


    President Barack Obama is keeping up a drumbeat of skepticism over Mitt Romney’s insistence — displayed in a blitz of TV interviews — that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate.

    Obama planned another day of campaigning in Virginia on Saturday, a state he won in 2008 but before that last supported a Democratic presidential nominee in 1964. Advisers said he would remind voters of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney’s recollection of his role at the Boston-based firm.

    His re-election campaign released an ad that repeated its allegation that Romney’s Bain Capital shipped American jobs to China and Mexico; that Romney has personal wealth in investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands; and that as governor of Massachusetts, he outsourced state jobs to India.

    “Mitt Romney’s not the solution. He’s the problem,” Obama’s latest ad says as it plays video of Romney awkwardly singing “America the Beautiful.”

    The ad was set to run in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

    The ad, targeting Romney’s vast personal wealth, comes as Democrats — and some Republicans — call for Romney to release tax returns going back several years. Romney has said anew that he won’t go beyond releasing his 2010 tax records and, before the election, his 2011 taxes.

    “You can never satisfy the opposition research team of the Obama organization,” Romney told CBS on Friday. In the same round of interviews in which he defended his account of his role at Bain, Romney said Obama owed him an apology for an aide’s suggestion that the Security and Exchange Commission filings, if false, could bring a felony charge.

    “This is simply beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States,” Romney told ABC.

    It wasn’t just Obama, though, pushing the presumptive Republican nominee to put the issue of his tax returns and wealth to rest.

    “There is no whining in politics,” chided John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist. “Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”

    Ed Schlick
    Executive Director
    Maine People’s Voting Coalition.


  • Ajay Jain

    @groundcontrol: I am happy you liked the President!

  • SelinaMyles

    Great speech. It’s amazing to me all the lies the Republicans tell, and I am glad Mr. President Clinton explained things how I can understand them. I was already mad they were trying to stop people from voting. For me that is a terrible thing to do. But this was a very great speech. I also liked the lady who spoke beforehim, and I love Michelle Obama. She is wonderful.

  • @the sock at 28-29

    I find it telling that whenever Republicans are confronted with FACTS, they always call it “BS”.
    Prove what he said was wrong, then. Bur you can’t, can you.
    You see, unlike Mr. Ryan, our convention speakers don’t lie.
    I alos found it interesting that the republicans didn’t invite George Bush. Why? Are they afraid that he would only remind voters how he destroyed our economy? Or drove us into an unnecessary war in Iraq? Or maybe because the man still can’t pronounce NUCLEAR? LOL!
    Oh, and…
    @Ajay Jain…
    I love you!
    *platonic kisses*

  • Armenia lover

    Clinton rocks! He is the Emperor of Speeches. Loved it!

  • Say it ain’t so

    Awesome job. He spoke facts and sense. Made it very clear why Pres.Obama is not only the better choice but the only choice if America wants to move forward.

  • hmm…

    Setting ‘em straight, Bill! Obama 2012

  • hmm…


    Better than Ryan-if-my-mouth-is-moving-I’m-lying-working-for-the-rich-1% or heck, he even lies about how fast he run a marathon.

  • sarah

    Yes, brilliant speech by the impeached former president…

    Median household incomes have fallen faster in Obama’s recovery than during the recession and the workforce is near a 30-year low in population participation rates. Hope and change!

    And Clinton still gets a pass on Glass-Steagall…

  • PamW

    I just wish I could cast my vote for Bill to be President again. When he was President, I was doing alright. I had a good paycheck, extra money, gas was cheap, food was a reasonable price, I could afford to buy nice clothes, go on vacation. I liked Bill. He’s a cool dude.

    I miss the 90s.

  • Halli

    Clear, strong, accurate and engaging. Only Bill can make policy sound like storytime. I LOVED the speech and loved that he called out the far right for just plain hating this President. Its sad

  • PamW

    Sarah, Bill Clinton was NEVER impeached. They had an investigation to determine whether he should be impeached and it was determined that he shouldn’t be.

    The entire thing was a farce. They (republicans) demanded TAX DOLLARS to set up a special investigation for one thing (nothing to do with lewinsky) and they use the money to hire a politically motivated head investigator who absolutely hated Bill Clinton and who had only one thing on his agenda – finding a way to get Bill Clinton out of office. They went around, interviewing everyone they could think of until they came across this bit of gossip. That Bill was having an affair. Then they set up everything else, from the taped deposition with leading, irrelevant questions, to the wiretapping, phonecall taping between Lewinsky and that two-faced btch who was pretending to be her friend, just to get her to talk about Clinton. It was all a set up to discredit him.

    They should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of putting their energy to good use (and doing the job they were hired to do) and perhaps solving some of our political problems, they instead chose to focus only on getting rid of the democratically elected president. They are sore losers.

  • Ohama

    And you also had a President who represented our country in the most deceitful way possible. He was and still is, an embarrassment.

  • kitcab

    THAT was a great speech!!!!!!!!!!! I do love the Clintons!

  • Ava

    The difference is democrats can sprut out all the bullshiz they want and the media just cheers along, while tthey parse everymword and sentence out of a republicans mouth, and then if that isn’t enough misrepresent what they say.

    ……. Americans aren’t stupid they can tell the media isn’t looking out for them but propagandizing for Obama and democrats, like they did 4 years ago, and look what happened……………..

  • Gabe

    I was finally able to watch Bill Clinton’s speech today when I got home from work, and I was floored by his words. I’ve been recording everything on TV that has to do with the election on my Hopper since I can certainly afford the hard drive space. It’s impossible for me to keep up on all of this live since I have class in the evenings. It has been eye opening to learn about what’s going on with our government and economy, so I’ve been interested in this election more so than any in the past. All day today, several of my co-workers at Dish kept talking about Clinton’s speech, and that he still hasn’t lost his ability to hold America’s attention. I can’t help but agree.