Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech

Former President Bill Clinton speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former President Bill Clinton hugs President Barack Obama after President Obama walked on stage after Clinton's speech the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former President Bill Clinton hugs President Barack Obama after President Obama walked on stage after Clinton's speech the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash" and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night in a rousing Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.

Conceding that many struggling in a slow-recovery economy don't yet feel the change, Clinton said in a prime-time speech that circumstances are improving "and if you'll renew the president's contract you will feel it."

To the cheers of thousands of Democrats packed into their convention hall, he said of Obama, "I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside."

The speech was vintage Clinton, overlong for sure, insults delivered with a folksy grin, references to his own time in office and his wife Hillary, all designed to improve Obama's chances for re-election in an era of painfully slow economic growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.

Clinton spoke as Obama's high command worked to control the political fallout from an embarrassing retreat on the party platform, just two months from Election Day in a tight race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Under criticism from Romney, the Obama camp abruptly rewrote the day-old document to insert a reference to God and to declare that Jerusalem "is and will remain the capital of Israel." Some delegates objected loudly, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, presiding in the largely-empty hall, ruled them outvoted. White House aides said Obama had personally ordered the changes, but they did not disclose whether he had approved the earlier version.

The convention hall rocked with delegates' applause and cheers as Clinton — unofficial Democratic ambassador-in-chief to anxious voters in a tough economy — strode onstage to sounds of "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," his 1992 campaign theme song.

He sought to rebut every major criticism Republicans have leveled against the president at their own convention last week in Tampa, and said that in fact, since 1961, far more jobs have been created under Democratic presidents than when Republicans sat in the White House — by a margin of 42 million to 24 million.

Clinton accused Republicans of proposing "the same old policies that got us into trouble in the first place" and led to a near financial meltdown. Those, he said, include efforts to provide "tax cuts for higher-income Americans, more money for defense than the Pentagon wants and ... deep cuts on programs that help the middle class and poor children."

"As another president once said, 'There they go again,'" he said, quoting Ronald Reagan, who often uttered the remark as a rebuke to Democrats.

Obama flew into his convention city earlier in the day and arrived in the hall for Clinton's speech. He arranged to join the former president onstage afterward in a made-for-television joint appearance."In Tampa the Republican argument against the president's re-election was pretty simple: 'We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in,'" Clinton said.

"I like the argument for President Obama's re-election a lot better. He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began the long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators."

On an unsettled convention day, aides scrapped plans for the president to speak to a huge crowd in a 74,000 seat football stadium, citing the threat of bad weather in a city that has been pelted by heavy downpours in recent days.

"We can't do anything about the rain. The important thing is the speech," said Washington Rey, a delegate from Sumter, S.C.

That and the eight-week general election campaign about to begin between Obama and Republican challenger Romney, who spent his second straight day in Vermont preparing for this fall's debates with Obama.

Clinton shared prime time with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for a Republican-held Senate seat in Romney's Massachusetts. For many years "our middle class has been chipped, squeezed and hammered," she said.

In a tight race for the White House and with control of the Senate at stake, Democrats signaled unmistakable concern about the growing financial disadvantage they confront. Officials said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama's first White House chief of staff, was resigning as national co-chair of the president's campaign to help raise money for a super PAC that supports the his re-election.

Unlike candidates, outside groups can solicit donations of unlimited size from donors. At the same time, federal law bars coordination with the campaigns.

Inside the hall, a parade of speakers praised Obama and criticized the Republicans, sometimes harshly.

Sandra Fluke, a law student whom congressional Republicans would not let testify at a hearing on contraceptives, said if Republicans win in the fall, women will wake up to "an America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it, in which politicians redefine rape."

Clinton's speech marked the seventh consecutive convention he has spoken to party delegates, and the latest twist in a relationship with Obama that has veered from frosty to friendly. The two men clashed in 2008, when Obama outran Hillary Rodham Clinton's wife for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton, then a New York senator, now Obama's Secretary of State, was in East Timor as the party met half a world away. She made a cameo appearance on the huge screens inside the Time Warner Cable Arena, though, turning up in a video that celebrated the 12 Democratic women senators currently in office.

Whatever the past differences between presidents current and past, Obama and his top aides looked to Clinton as the man best able to vouch for him when it comes to the economy, his largest impediment to re-election.

As a group, white men favor Romney over Obama, according to numerous polls, but a Gallup survey taken in July showed 63 percent of them view the former president favorably, to 32 percent who see him in unfavorable terms.

Republicans have suddenly discovered a lot to like about Clinton — a man they impeached in late 1998 when they ran the House and he sat in the Oval Office.

Ryan made no mention of those unpleasantries when he told a campaign audience in Iowa, "Under President Clinton we got welfare reform. President Obama is rolling back welfare reform.

"President Clinton worked with Republicans in Congress to have a budget agreement to cut spending. President Obama, a gusher of new spending."

Independent fact checkers have repeatedly debunked the claim about Obama's welfare proposals. Nor did the Wisconsin lawmaker mention that under a balanced budget compromise with Clinton to rein in federal spending, Republicans agreed to create a new benefit program that provides health care for lower-income children and others ineligible for Medicaid.

The changes in the platform came after the Republicans criticized an earlier decision to strip out a reference to God.

Romney said that "suggests a party that is increasingly out of touch with the mainstream of the American people. ... I think this party is veering further and further away into an extreme wing that Americans don't recognize."

Romney had declared in a summertime trip there that Jerusalem was the country's capital. U.S. policy for years has held that the city's status is a matter for negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, and Democrats said at the time he was pandering to Jewish voters in the United States.

The switch puts the platform in line with what advisers say is the president's personal view, if not the policy of his administration. "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel," it says. "The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

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RayPray writes:

Romney = Satan

The great OBAMA = GOD

Let da MAN finish his job!

Salt & Pepper con men doin the Hope & Change shuffle.

4 more years of moral and fiscal stimulus & America can become as the equal of mighty Athens today!

1Paradiselost writes:

“If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket,”

Clinton continued. “If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama

Where's Willards the tax returns?

1Paradiselost writes:

Romney listed as Bain CEO on gov’t forms years after he says he quit: report.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney was listed as the chairman and CEO of Bain Capital on government documents years after he says he gave up control of the private equity firm, The Boston Globe revealed Thursday in a report that intensified a war of words between the rival campaigns.

Romney has said he left the firm in February 1999 to take charge of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and has repeatedly used that as a defense when asked about bankruptcies and worker layoffs at Bain-controlled companies after that date.

The Globe, however, said it found nine SEC filings that describe Romney as running the company after that point. The report said some indicate he had control of five Bain Capital entities formed in January 2002.

In addition, the newspaper said Massachusetts disclosure forms indicate that Romney made at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, apart from his investment earnings. They also show he was paid as a Bain executive while he was directing the Olympics, the Globe reported.

"The article is not accurate,” said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul in a statement responding to the story. “As Bain Capital has said, as Governor Romney has said, and as has been confirmed by independent fact checkers multiple times, Governor Romney left Bain Capital in February of 1999 to run the Olympics and had no input on investments or management of companies after that point."

The newspaper said a Romney campaign source blamed discrepancies in the SEC forms on legal quirks and technicalities.

Later Thursday, Bain Capital said in its own statement that Romney "has had absolutely no involvement with the management or investment activities of the firm or with any of its portfolio companies" since he left the company in February 1999.

"Due to the sudden nature of Mr. Romney's departure, he remained the sole stockholder for a time while formal ownership was being documented and transferred to the group of partners who took over management of the firm in 1999," Bain said. "Accordingly, Mr. Romney was reported in various capacities on SEC filings during this period."

The Boston Globe report, however, added to questions about Romney’s personal finances that have plagued his campaign in recent days. Romney’s Democratic opponents have hit at him for releasing just one year of tax returns and for not disclosing more information about his funds held in known tax havens outside the U.S.

President Obama’s campaign immediately seized upon the Globe report, with spokesman Ben LaBolt asking in a tweet: “Did Romney lie to the American people or the SEC?”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/elect...

This guy could be Richard Nixon?

The Tax returns would tell the whole story! So Mitt where's the tax returns???

Sparky100 writes:

His returns are in the same vault as Obamas college records, Obamas SS number and Obamas F&F records.
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
If you were rich were would you put your money, in a 1% bank account, dought it.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Sparky100:

His returns are in the same vault as Obamas college records, Obamas SS number and Obamas F&F records.
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
If you were rich were would you put your money, in a 1% bank account, dought it.

The two are unrelated. According to the Harvard records Obama was in the top 5% of his class. As far as his SS number you can find that on HIS TAX RETURNS! AO

Sparky100 writes:

As far as I have read, all of his school transcripts have been sealed and never released for public review as all past presidents have done( anyone can say I saw them). His SS number was issued in a state where he never resided, in a year he was not born in. In regards to the F&F records, executive privilege for something he was not involved in, give me a break. Prove to me he was not a foreign exchange student with a forged SS number. I still believe his birth certificate is forged also.

1Paradiselost writes:

No matter what proof you were shown (Even by Christ himself) concerning Obama, you would not believe! So why bother.

You and that clown Donald Trump should get a room. You are the problem, not the solution. That is the reason your going to loose this November.

You guys are full of hate. I hear it all the time and I just shake my head in disbelief that people could be so s-----!

tathiede writes:

I've been watching the Democratic Convention. It's been all about women and their rights. They claim there is a "War on Women". It's ridiculous because Romney & Ryan are not going to change anything with women's rights while they are in office.

Last night Clinton gave a speech. I find it ironic that Obama would have Clinton speaking when you consider what happened with Monica Lewinski and the two other women he was accused of having sexual relations with while in office. Especially since his convention has been touting women's rights. Also did you hear that Obama had the word "God" taken out of his platform? When people at the convention found out some of them made a stink. So they had to vote the word back in. I find it also ironic that everyone that has gotten up on stage have ended their speeches with "God Bless America". It's obvious Obama doesn't feel that way.

Here's some info on Clinton that so many people have forgotten. I haven't. He's a likable guy yes, but so is Obama on the surface.

THE FACTS: Clinton, who famously finger-wagged a denial on national television about his sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky and was subsequently impeached in the House on a perjury charge, has had his own uncomfortable moments over telling the truth. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," Clinton told television viewers. Later, after he was forced to testify to a grand jury, Clinton said his statements were "legally accurate" but also allowed that he "misled people, including even my wife."

Sparky100 writes:

Paradiselost, again show me proof, you want Romney to provide you proof on his taxes, but Obama can keep all his information private, why.
Obama inherated a mess, I agree. Bush had an unemployment of 5.3% were are we now. Bush left a deficate of 1.3 trillion, were are we now. That deficate was driven by a democratic congress in 07 and 08, were are we now. Bush created a budget every year, were are we now. Please explain why he needs another 4 years, to reduce the deficate, he said that 4 years ago when the deficate was only 1.3 trillion. To reduce the unemployment rate, he said that 4 years ago. He also said 4 years ago if he could fix these problems in 4 years he did not deserve another term, we are just going to give him what he asked for four years ago.

Sparky100 writes:

Guys,you have to get over the Bush left us in a hole mentality that was 4 years ago, accept some ownership.
Now I don't care if it's Romney or Big Bird tell me WHY he deserves another term, I have pointed out why I think he doesn't deserve any more time. Our finances, economy and unemployment are all worse than 4 years ago. Just tell me why.

August8 writes:

As far as I can tell there are basically two people, maybe three on this site that speaks up for the regime of Obama, not a good percentage likely about that of the final outcome. So, if anyone watched the convention you basically observed a bunce of social misfits throw God and Jews under the buss and get upset on a vote that was as corrupt as they come. Any reason to wonder why we ended up with Obama care and the stimulas, what a total joke.

1Paradiselost writes:

Romney listed as Bain CEO on gov’t forms years after he says he quit: report.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney was listed as the chairman and CEO of Bain Capital on government documents years after he says he gave up control of the private equity firm, The Boston Globe revealed Thursday in a report that intensified a war of words between the rival campaigns.

Romney has said he left the firm in February 1999 to take charge of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and has repeatedly used that as a defense when asked about bankruptcies and worker layoffs at Bain-controlled companies after that date.

The Globe, however, said it found nine SEC filings that describe Romney as running the company after that point. The report said some indicate he had control of five Bain Capital entities formed in January 2002.

In addition, the newspaper said Massachusetts disclosure forms indicate that Romney made at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, apart from his investment earnings. They also show he was paid as a Bain executive while he was directing the Olympics, the Globe reported.

"The article is not accurate,” said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul in a statement responding to the story. “As Bain Capital has said, as Governor Romney has said, and as has been confirmed by independent fact checkers multiple times, Governor Romney left Bain Capital in February of 1999 to run the Olympics and had no input on investments or management of companies after that point."

The newspaper said a Romney campaign source blamed discrepancies in the SEC forms on legal quirks and technicalities.

Later Thursday, Bain Capital said in its own statement that Romney "has had absolutely no involvement with the management or investment activities of the firm or with any of its portfolio companies" since he left the company in February 1999.

"Due to the sudden nature of Mr. Romney's departure, he remained the sole stockholder for a time while formal ownership was being documented and transferred to the group of partners who took over management of the firm in 1999," Bain said. "Accordingly, Mr. Romney was reported in various capacities on SEC filings during this period."

The Boston Globe report, however, added to questions about Romney’s personal finances that have plagued his campaign in recent days. Romney’s Democratic opponents have hit at him for releasing just one year of tax returns and for not disclosing more information about his funds held in known tax havens outside the U.S.

President Obama’s campaign immediately seized upon the Globe report, with spokesman Ben LaBolt asking in a tweet: “Did Romney lie to the American people or the SEC?”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/elect...

Don't you think the TAX returns would tell the whole story! What are you hiding? Your followers are to s----- to question your motives, why?

So Mittens clear the air, where's your tax returns???

Sparky100 writes:

Klaus, sounds like the same thing Mitt can say about Obama, thanks
"I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. I want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy and then, just six weeks before his election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression, a man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter -- no matter how many jobs that he saved or created, there’d still be millions more waiting, worried about feeding their own kids, trying to keep their hopes alive".

RayNetherwood writes:

Bill, Bill, Bill, I voted for you twice ... on Obama you're just wrong. Sad. I guess maybe now he IS inhaling.

RayNetherwood writes:

Yes, and during the late 30's and 40's, it was "HEIL UNSER BELIEBTE FUEHRER ADOLPH HITLER".

Klaus, your GREAT OBAMA gibberish makes you sound like a goosestepping dumdum.

RayNetherwood writes:

Klaus, English as a second language is difficult for anyone ... any second language learned as an adult is. You unfortunately miss in many postings, fine points, sarcasm, humor, or in this case what you've missed is that YOUR repeated chanting about Obama makes YOU sound like the brainwashed masses in Germany when Adolph reigned.

August8 writes:

Man, this guy Klaus loves to use Hittler, guess he's a Democrat.

1Paradiselost writes:

The American Nazi party & the radical right are Republicans! They hate every nationality except the white race!

They suppress voting rights and feel that women are 2nd class citizens. Please go back to school and learn your history!

I'm really tired of all the s----- people who live here. and you know who you are.

RayNetherwood writes:

Lost .... Give up the meth, it's hollowed out your noggin'.

RayNetherwood writes:

Klaus, thanks for proving my point. Dein Englisch ist beschissen.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

Another 4 years, another $5 Trillion, $21 Trillion by 2016. The End. This is the scenario no matter who gets elected. We can't stop borrowing now. Even if we wanted to. Skyrocketing health care costs are chewing up the Federal budget. Add defense, entitlements, and interest on the debt and there is not much left. Low interest rates are a double edged sward. We are caught between a rock and a hard place. Rising interest rates (there coming) will consume more of the budget.

It's amazing that governments and their people allow supposedly smart people like Bernanke and Draghi to believe that they are bigger and more powerful than world markets.

People are so s----- they absolutely deserve what is coming. We can only hope that a global depression is where is ends. Global wars tend to follow monetary collapse.

You can all get back to you scheduled programming now. The donkey and the elephant are very important! There's never been a bigger sham in the history of the planet. Birth certificates, tax returns, college transcripts. All false flags distracting the morons like bread and circuses. Carry on.

ajm3s writes:

in response to WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot:

Another 4 years, another $5 Trillion, $21 Trillion by 2016. The End. This is the scenario no matter who gets elected. We can't stop borrowing now. Even if we wanted to. Skyrocketing health care costs are chewing up the Federal budget. Add defense, entitlements, and interest on the debt and there is not much left. Low interest rates are a double edged sward. We are caught between a rock and a hard place. Rising interest rates (there coming) will consume more of the budget.

It's amazing that governments and their people allow supposedly smart people like Bernanke and Draghi to believe that they are bigger and more powerful than world markets.

People are so s----- they absolutely deserve what is coming. We can only hope that a global depression is where is ends. Global wars tend to follow monetary collapse.

You can all get back to you scheduled programming now. The donkey and the elephant are very important! There's never been a bigger sham in the history of the planet. Birth certificates, tax returns, college transcripts. All false flags distracting the morons like bread and circuses. Carry on.

Excellent! I love your last paragraph, but especially all the false flags!

Excellent, excellent, excellent! And all promulgated through media absorption with feeding the masses with entertainment at the expense of serious dialogue.

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