Bill Clinton: America Is Better Off Than We Were Four Years Ago

While Bill Clinton rambled on Wednesday evening for nearly 50 minutes about why he was nominating Barack Obama and encouraging people to re-elect him, the one thing that stood out to me was the vast difference between 2008 and now and the way that Bill Clinton looked America in the eye once again and told a major whopper.

In 2008 the mantra was “Yes we can.” In particular it was more about “Yes he can.” That sentiment was in regards to Barack Obama. However, from his first days in office all we have heard from the former Illinois Senator is how much everything is Bush’s fault. While there is most definitely enough blame to go around for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the fact remains that Obama has been in office for nearly four years and what has he accomplished when it comes to the economy? His policies have been a dismal failure, a waste of good money, and resulted in high unemployment and outsourcing of jobs.

Bill Clinton in his long winded speech last night basically told everyone:

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Things were really bad, he inherited an impossible problem, he’s done as well as anyone possibly could have, things are starting to get better, he’s a good guy, and he needs more time.

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No doubt, this campaign’s slogan should be “No He Couldn’t.” The old blame game is on, but it’s not just on the Democrat side, though obviously this week that has been in the spotlight.

That wasn’t the only problem with Clinton’s speech though and that was just the opening. He told various whoppers in regards to the state of things, medicare, Obama’s oppenents, the economy and the debt, which was just recycled political talk from the night before. Interestingly enough, had already dealt with many of those claims from the first night.

Clinton, in recalling the lead up to the election of 2008, said of Obama,

I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. A man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before the 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 how many jobs were created and saved, there were still millions more waiting, trying to feed their children and keep their hopes alive.

Yes he saw those things and there is no doubt those things were going to take place. However, the policies he instituted did not help to recover. Instead, they forced us deeper into a recession and now we are on the verge of double dipping into that recession.

One of the lines Clinton gave was, “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 modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators. Are we where we want to be? No. Is the president satisfied? No. Are we better off than we were when he took office, with an economy in free fall, losing 750,000 jobs a month. The answer is yes.”

Wait, what? The answer is yes? We are $16 trillion in debt, that total national responsibilities are in excess of $222 trillion, unemployment is at 8.3% and rising, the war drums are besting for Iran, inflation is hitting as the money presses keep printing, and the average household income is down by $4,0000 a year. How can anyone with a straight face say we are better off than we were four years ago? But Clinton did, just like he looked us in the eye and wagged his finger and said, “I did not have sex with that woman.”

The real reason though that Clinton endorses Obama is because he thinks that Obama can “get things done” if he’s just given enough time. Clinton was just trying to make the case that the reason he couldn’t get what he needed to do was because of the anger and hatred the Republicans have for him.

Though Clinton has been like a bull in a china shop recently when asked to speak on behalf of Obama in various venues, it seems that in this setting, Obama wishes that some people would see Bill Clinton as his running mate, rather than Joe Biden.

The crowd in Charlotte loved Bill Clinton and there is no doubt that though he is much older, he still has not lost his ability to capture the attention of the Democrats. He is still very sharp politically, but someone should have had him whittle that speech down to about half the time.

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