Given the opportunity to speak to a contingent of 20,000 faithful was an offer he just could not refuse. After all, the White House may beckon again in 2016 and the idea of being First Husband has to be an aphrodisiac.
The Republicans had their show last week. This time it was the Democrats turn. It was somewhat akin to a heavyweight fight where the champion threw all the punches and the challenger had no defense.
The early rounds were long and mostly tedious. There were a few good body blows now and then, but mostly there were words. Lots of words. It was a marathon of redundant rhetoric that became entangled in an endless five-hour stream of speakers from every conceivable constituency on the planet. There was even a bus-riding nun.
Then came the final round at ten o’clock. Prime time. Time for the champion to throw all of his best punches.
Woman’s rights activist Sandra Fluke got the crowd going with some solid jabs that set the tone for
They say that watching a convention live in the arena is often considerably different than the way it is perceived at home. For the delegates who had waited so many hours to hear the former president speak, the atmosphere was raucous, lively and loud.
The moment Bill Clinton stepped to the podium the DNC became a firefly convention with flashes from camera bursting stars of light throughout the arena. It didn’t stop for nearly an hour.
Bubba had his followers hanging on every word and they loved it. The electricity he generated was enough to power Barack Obama’s teleprompter for another four years.
Outside, the streets of
Bill Clinton had done his job. He had ignited the fire under the delegates that left them giddy with the prospects of retaining the White House for Barack Obama in November.
All that remains is one more evening of oration and videos leading up to the president’s acceptance speech. Though different in style from good old Bill, Barack Obama is also a gifted speaker. He will be equal to the task.
After that, the real fight begins. That is when the challenger can fight back head to head. The war officially begins on Friday.
But win or lose in November, Bill Clinton served notice to his Democratic contingent that he would love nothing more than four, or even eight, more years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue starting in 2016.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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