Here’s why I think Clinton’s speech was successful: He did what almost no one at the Republican convention tried to do, what few conventions bother to do anymore. He treated the American people like thinking human beings.Squirming like a snake in a pit, a Romney campaign spokesman spoke with forked tongue, or double speak, or whatever the hell you call their gibberish:
"Bill Clinton worked with Republicans, balanced the budget, and after four years he could say you were better off," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams wrote. "Barack Obama hasn’t worked across the aisle – he’s barely worked with other Democrats – and has the worst economic record of any president in modern history.
"President Clinton’s speech brought the disappointment and failure of President Obama’s time in office clearly into focus,” Williams continued.Huh? Were they listening to the same speech the rest of the world heard?
What can I say? I thought the man hit the ball out of the park and sent it sailing around the world in high speed definition. Stunning. Stupendous. A real slam-dunk -- right into the laps of the GOP.
And after it was over, a tender moment:
Their deliveries are very different. Maybe after all the obstructionism, lies and ugly racist and personal attacks over the last few years, Obama would be justified in coming out slinging -- except that's really not his style, whether we agree with him or not. He's more the "walk the high road" type, I think.
Clinton delivered one of the best nominating speeches I've ever heard -- taking down the GOP talking points, point by point and lie by lie. I think Obama will probably focus on the future, playing on peoples' hopes instead of their fears, playing on their humanity and not their hate, and moving forward, not backward.
Rather than making comparisons, maybe we should just recognize the fact that Clinton and Obama compliment each other very nicely at this time in our history.
Of course, Republicans really want to move backward -- not just to the 1950s but all the way back to the days before talking movies and videos, especially after something like this surfaces.
I think Obama will probably focus on the future, playing on peoples' hopes instead of their fears, playing on their humanity and not their hate, and moving forward, not backward. (see above)Obama succeeded in doing just that. Even though I asked if he could top Clinton, I don't think it's the right question or even a fair question. The President's speech and Clinton's were, as predicted, two entirely different speeches with different styles, different messages, and different objectives and goals.
I don't even think it's fair to compare Obama's 2012 DNC speech to others he's made. The man is only human and he can't just go on topping himself speech after speech. He's damn good but he ain't that good.
He sort of stumbled coming out of the gate before hitting his stride, but once he was off and running, it was sheer beauty in motion. Still, it wasn't as fiery as his 2008 speech. Instead, it was more subdued, more reflective and more measured in tone and delivery. Maybe it wasn't a home-run as speeches go, but I think it showed a man who has grown and matured over the last four years, a man who has the strength to look at his weaknesses and mistakes, reassess them and make the necessary corrections.
Most importantly, his speech highlighted the vast differences not only between the two parties but how the two choices will impact on the future of our country.
On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America.No, it wasn't a great speech but it was a vitally important one.