Thursday, September 6, 2012
Former president William Jefferson Clinton delivered a rousing speech Wednesday night at the Democratic Convention that was part policy wonkery and all Clintonian. Mr. Clinton mounted a rigorous defense of President Barack Obama’s handling of the nation’s economy, while criticizing the agenda and lies of Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Before formally nominating Mr. Obama, President Clinton told the audience:
“No president — not me or any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage in just four years.”
He deconstructed and dismantle the lies that were the foundation of the Republican National Convention a week ago.
He attacked Republican vice presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan for criticizing Obama’s $716 billion cut in Medicare, part of the health-care law passed in 2010. Noting that Ryan has made the same cuts in his budget, saying:
“When Congressman Ryan looked into the TV camera and attacked President Obama’s “biggest coldest power play” in raiding Medicare, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. You see, that 716 billion dollars is exactly the same amount of Medicare savings Congressman Ryan had in his own budget. You know it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing something you did.”
Mr. Clinton pointed out the disparity in jobs creation for both parties:
“In 1961, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our economy produced 66 million private sector jobs. What’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!”
He highlighted Romney’s draconian plan to eviscerate the Medicare Trust Fund:
“Governor Romney’s been consistent. He wants to repeal the savings and give the money back to the insurance companies, re-open the donut hole and force seniors to pay more for drugs, and reduce the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by eight years. So now if he’s elected and does what he promised Medicare will go broke by 2016. If that happens, you won’t have to wait until their voucher program to begins in 2023 to see the end Medicare as we know it.”
In my life, William Jefferson Clinton is the greatest orator I’ve ever heard. President Obama has a powerful friend in the 42nd President of the United States.
Read the entire speech in text form HERE.