President Bill Clinton’s complete DNC speech {HD Video}

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 5, 2012
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If Mitt Romney talked for 48 minutes the RNC would have put themselves to sleep.

“Bill Clinton was scheduled for 28 minutes but ended up speaking for 48 minutes. I’m glad he did, it was f*cking awesome.”

“His original transcript was for a 28 minute speech. He spoke for 48 minutes, and according to the talking head on CBS, had the teleprompt operator pulling his hair out because he went so often off speech. Rhodes scholars in economics can do that kind of thing it seems.”

“I love our country—and I know we’re coming back. For more than 200 years, through every crisis, we’ve always come out stronger than we went in. And we will again as long as we do it together. We champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor – to form a more perfect union.”

For higher-rez video, click here and skip to 5:40.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “President Bill Clinton’s complete DNC speech {HD Video}”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Classic lines n' bits:

    "One of the greatest Chairmen the Democratic party ever had, Bob Strauss, used to say…that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. But…Strauss then admitted, it ain't so."

    "…And here's what I want the people at home to think about – When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain….the politics of constant conflict may be good. But what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation."

    "In those 52 years, our private economy has produced…66 million private sector jobs. So…what's the job score? Republicans – 24 million, Democrats – 42!"

    "In 2010, as the President's recovery program kicked in, the job loses stopped. And things began to turn around. The Recovery Act saved or created millions of jobs and cut taxes – lemme say this again cut taxes for 95% of the American people. In…in the last 29 months, our economy has produced about 4.5 million private sector jobs. We coulda done better, but last year the Republicans blocked the President's job plan – costing the economy more than a million new jobs. So, here's another job score: President Obama – plus 4.5 million. Congressional Republicans – ZEE-RO"

    "So, what's happened? There are now 250,000 more people working in the auto industry than on the day the companies were restructured. So…now we all know that Governor Romney opposed the plan to save GM and Chrysler. So…here's another job score – are you listening in Michigan and Ohio and across the country? – here's another job score. Obama – 250,00…..Romney? ZEE-RO"

    "Now, finally…listen to this. For the last 2 years, after going up at 3 times the rate of inflation for a decade…for the last 2 years, health care costs have been under 4% in both years for the first time in 50 years."

    "Now, when Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama's Medicare savings as quote 'the biggest, coldest power play' – I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Because…that 716 billion dollars is exactly, to the dollar, the same amount of Medicare savings that he has in his…own…budget! You gotta gi' him one thing – it takes some brass to attack a guy to doin' what you did…"

    "And, the administration agreed…to give waivers to those Governors, and others, only if they had a credible plan to increase employment by 20% – and they could keep the waivers only if they did increase employment. Now – di…did I make myself clear? – the requirement was for more work, not less. So…this is personal to me…we moved millions of people off welfare. It was one of the reasons that…in the…8 years I was President, we had 100 times as many people move out of poverty in the middle class than happened under the previous 12 years. A hundred times as many – it's a big deal. But I am telling you, the claim that President Obama weakened welfare reform's work requirement is just…not…true. But…they keep on running ads claiming it. You wanna know why? Their campaign pollster said, 'We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.' Now, finally I can say – that IS true."

  2. FACT CHECK: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch
    THE FACTS: From Clinton's speech, voters would have no idea that the inflexibility of both parties is to blame for much of the gridlock. Right from the beginning Obama brought in as his first chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel, a man known for his getting his way, not for getting along.

  3. bobcat says:

    Cooperation does not mean always giving in. Rahm Emmnuel was a good pick for all the qualities he has – a great buffer for Obama.

  4. bobcat says:

    Thanks for posting. I was watching this last night having missed it's live broadcast on NPR. What a great speech!

  5. Tracy says:

    Op-ed pieces shouldn't parade as "fact checks."

  6. CBS News? I don't think it's an op-ed. Here's a fact though, Clinton supported the repeal of glass steagall.

  7. Mysticsoul108 says:

    Thanks for posting this. I missed the live event.