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Thursday, September 06, 2012

President to President: Clinton Kept the Torch Alive

Classic Clintonian! He knows Americans and speaks to them

President Bill Clinton's thoughtful speech could have continued  for hours! He perfectly delivered at last evening's Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte NC. His rhythm was perfect, his timing well tuned and he created a melody for truthfulness in politics.  Moreover, Clinton carried President Kennedy's proverbial torch, the one described in his magnificent inaugural speech of January 20, 1960.

Although Clinton was expected to charm an enthusiastic Democratic audience, the exclamation on his last sentence came when President Obama entered the stage, to thank his predecessor for the effective endorsement.

Seeing the two President's together was the fulfillment of President John F. Kennedy's quote, when he said the political torch was passed to a new generation of leadership, transcending time, and politics while segueing America into the future.

Clinton bowed to Obama as the two greeted each other on stage. A touching moment. A meaningful and respectful acknowledgement of mutual leadership. America must hold this moment!

In a 45 minutes long speech, Clinton frequented his comments with off script anecdotes. Clinton was a Teacher in Chief, describing why Republicans are wrong minded about how to lead America.

Mr. Clinton raised Americans above the horrible angst voters are exposed to, a barrage that began in 2008, when President Obama was elected. He reminded us how Republicans are regressive- they fill their rhetoric with untruths while ignoring their responsibility to compromise 

Point by point, Clinton created a public policy metronome, leading us rhythmically, point by point, to understanding  how Democratic policies improve Americans lives.

President Clinton's explanatory speech told Americans why President Obama must be re-elected.

"When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody's right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes. Unfortunately, the faction that now dominates the Republican Party doesn't see it that way. They think government is the enemy, and compromise is weakness."

Democrats are justifiably proud of the three President's who carry the political legacy of the "new generation", - President Carter, President Clinton and President Obama. All three are positively showcased in this Democratic National Convention.

Our three living Democratic Presidents carry Kennedy's torch:

"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."

I'm proud to be a Democrat Roman Catholic Woman who has witnessed the political torch passing from one President to another who have moved America Forward.  

President Clinton pointed out in his DNC speech:

"In the last 29 months the economy has produced about 4.5 million private sector jobs. But last year, the Republicans blocked the President's jobs plan costing the economy more than a million new jobs. So here's another jobs score: President Obama plus 4.5 million, Congressional Republicans zero. Over that same period, more than more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created under President Obama – the first time manufacturing jobs have increased since the 1990s."

Clinton sincerely told Americans how much he believes President Obama's leadership will move our nation Forward:  

"I believe that with all my heart", he said.

And I believe it, too.  

Thank you President William Jefferson Clinton.

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