Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Favorite Part of the 2012 Presidential Election

My favorite part of the 2012 Presidential race was Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention (see here for the transcript).  There are a couple of reasons for this:

1.  At first, I found the speech to be rather boring and pedantic, but it got much better as it went on.  Clinton became more animated than I had ever seen him before in a speech, and he did a good job in detailing the accomplishments of the Obama Administration and how he believed that the Romney-Ryan plans would impact Americans.  Perhaps the most powerful part of the speech was when he talked about families with autistic children, and Clinton said that he didn't know what they would do if Medicaid were cut.  Another powerful part of the speech was when Clinton said that the economy was recovering, but many Americans didn't feel the recovery yet.  I appreciated that part of the speech because Clinton was implicitly acknowledging that there was a reason that many Americans might be disappointed with Barack Obama and supportive of Mitt Romney.  But Clinton said that it took a while for most people to feel the recovery back when he was President, but they did feel it in 1996.

2.  Many of us who read political books, read the newspaper, or watch news shows are aware that there has been a lot of tension between the Clintons and the Obamas.  I remember watching the 2008 Democratic Convention.  Bill Clinton was about to speak at the 2008 convention----and this was soon after he had implied in a recent speech that John McCain had more experience than Barack Obama----and Michelle Obama had a livid expression on her face!  It was moving, therefore, to see Michelle Obama standing and applauding during Bill Clinton's 2012 speech, and to see Barack Obama come out onto the stage right after Clinton's speech, as Clinton bowed to Obama, and the two embraced one another.  As my Mom said the following day, Obama needed Clinton to give that speech.  One concern was that Clinton would overshadow Obama, but instead Clinton made a good case for Obama.

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