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42nd President nominates 44th at DNC


Charlotte, North Carolina (JFK+50) Barack Obama was nominated for a 2nd term as the 44th President of the United States last night by both the 42nd President, William Jefferson Clinton*, & by an overwhelming majority of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention meeting here in Charlotte.

The former president, who was inspired as a teenager to enter in a career of public service after shaking hands with President Kennedy in 1963**, said:

“I want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy (but) just 6 weeks before his election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression.”

Mr. Clinton then talked about the values of his party.  He said:

“We Democrats…think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities…for poor folks to work their way into it…with business & government…working together to promote growth & broadly shared prosperity.

You see we believe that ‘We’re all in this together’ is a far better philosophy than ‘You’re on your own.'”

Bill Clinton, who had the rapt attention of the audience in the hall & was frequently interrupted with cheering & applause, went on to say that it would have been impossible for him to have the same hatred of Republican presidents the way some right wing Republicans seem to hate President Obama.

He cited President Eisenhower’s sending federal troops to his home state of Arkansas to enforce integration & for building the interstate highway system.

He also talked about his cooperation with both President Reagan & George H.W. Bush on the issues of welfare reform & national education.

Mr. Clinton advised:

“What works in the real world is co-operation not constant conflict.”

And added that one of the main reasons Mr. Obama should be re-elected is because “he is still committed to constructive cooperation.”

The former president then discussed the recent Republican convention.  He summed it up this way:

“We (Republicans) left (Obama) a total mess.  He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him & put us back in.”

He said he likes the case for Obama’s reelection much better:

“He put a floor under the crash (&) began the…hard road to recovery & laid the foundation for a…more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs…”

And the 42nd President concluded what some have called the best speech he has delivered since leaving the White House with these words:

“I love our country so much.  And I know we’re coming back.  For more than 200 years, through every major crisis, we’ve always come back…a little stronger & a little better.  

And we do because…we…champion the cause of forming a more perfect union.”

*William Jefferson Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas in 1946.  He graduated from Georgetown University & was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He served as Attorney General & Governor of Arkansas before being elected President of the United States in 1992.  Clinton was re-elected in 1996.  Although impeachment charges were brought against him, he was found not guilty & completed his 2nd term.


President Obama with Bill Clinton & Valerie Jarrett, July 14, 2010, White House Photo


**While I never had the opportunity to shake hands with JFK, I did shake hands with President Clinton in 1996 when he spoke at the Civic Coliseum here in Knoxville.  I was able to get in a position along the rope line after his speech & shook his hand & got an excellent close-up photo.  I sent a print to the White House & President Clinton autographed it for me.

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