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'The man is cool on the outside... but he burns for America inside': Bill Clinton heaps praise on Obama as he tears into Republicans

Thursday, September 6, 2012
By TOBY HARNDEN IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA


Battle cry: Bill Clinton threw the full weight of his support behind President Obama

Former President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing, rollicking speech in Charlotte and an impassioned plea for Americans to vote for President Barack Obama on Wednesday – ‘a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside’.
Speaking only from notes displayed on a teleprompter, the former occupant of the White House from 1993 to 2001 defied those who had doubted whether he would enthusiastically back the man who defeated his wife Hillary in the 2008 Democratic primaries.


Shared embrace: Clinton and Obama embrace as the former American President enthusiastically backed the man who defeated his wife Hillary in the 2008 Democratic primaries

He threw his full weight behind Obama, declaring he was for: ‘A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation. A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.'
‘I want Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States and I proudly nominate him as the standard bearer of the Democratic Party,' said Clinton to the party faithful.
At the end of the speech, President Barack Obama walked on stage prompting Clinton to theatrically bow - the two men then shook hands and embraced after the former president's 48-minute speech.


Hail to the chief: Clinton, left, bows to Obama as he receives a rapturous reception from the Convention crowd

Formally nominating Obama, Clinton said that America was ‘clearly better off’ than four years ago, arguing that the economic ‘mess’ was inherited from Republicans.
Afterwards, a visibly delighted Obama strode onto the stage and embraced the man that his campaign had painted as racist in the 2008 primaries, beginning a long period of mutual distrust and frosty relations.


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stands with Democratic presidential candidate and serving U.S. President Barack Obama on stage after he finished his address to the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina



Better off: Clinton said that America was 'clearly better off' than four years ago thanks to Obama


Former US President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 5th, 2012

By Wednesday night’s evidence, this has all been put into the past. The Obama and Clinton camps have a degree of mutual self-interest – Obama needs his help to be re-elected and Clinton knows that being a good Democrat in 2012 will help his wife’s likely presidential bid in 2016.
Clinton said that despite the slow recovery Obama had laid the foundation for a stronger and more and balanced economy and needed four more years to push his plans through.


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton takes to the stage in Charlotte, North Carolina where he nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate

‘The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?' Clinton said. 'If you want a you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society, you should support the Republican ticket. 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 and Joe Biden.’
The former president, much thinner than the man elected in 1992, white haired and his voice rasping, took the stage just after 10:30 pm. to a chorus of wild cheers to the 1992 campaign song ‘Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow’.


Former President Bill Clinton bows as President Barack Obama walks on stage after Clinton's address to the Democratic National Convention

His speech was the highlight of the day and, following on from Michelle Obama’s much-praised speech of Tuesday night, capped a second successful day of prime-time rhetoric.
The address lasted over 45 minutes, however, and towards the end, when many Americans would have retired to bed anyway, began to sound a little like a lecture.
He sketched out what he argued was a clear choice in November between the ‘parallel universe’ of Republicans and the ‘arithmetic’ and fairness of Obama’s vision.


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets with Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama on stage

‘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 Republicans were much more extreme and unyielding than during his presidency. ‘Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats.’


President Barack Obama hugs Former President Bill Clinton after the later had officially nominated him for the Democratic nomination for president

Obama, on the other hand, was ‘still committed to constructive cooperation’.
But there were downside to giving Clinton the prime spot on the middle night of the convention, which will end on Thursday night when Obama formally accepts the nomination before a crowd of 20,000 in the Time Warner Arena.

source: dailymail