Can we get Bill Clinton back?

Bill Clinton rocked last night.  It’s 51 minutes long.  51 glorious minutes that you owe yourself if you didn’t see it.

The sound starts a couple minutes in, so don’t fret.

I would include the clip of the last Republican president speaking at their convention but, well, George W. Bush was conspicuously absent from the RNC.  The Democrats are proud of their ex-presidents.  The Republicans seem to be embarrassed by theirs, but want you to buy a new one with the same policies as the ones by whom they are embarrassed.

Here’s the transcript if you’d like it.  Some of the highlights for me were (links go to time stamps in the video…also, bear in mind that part of me wants to just quote the whole thing)…

He also tried to work with Congressional Republicans on Health Care, debt reduction, and jobs, but that didn’t work out so well. Probably because, as the Senate Republican leader, in a remarkable moment of candor, said two years before the election, their number one priority was not to put America back to work, but to put President Obama out of work.”

In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was pretty simple: we left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.”

When Congressman Ryan looked into the TV camera and attacked President Obama’s “biggest coldest power play” in raiding Medicare, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. You see, that 716 billion dollars is exactly the same amount of Medicare savings Congressman Ryan had in his own budget.”

Seriously, Clinton in 2012.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • ganner

    Bill ftw. I got to see him speak in 2010 at a rally for our Senate candidate, Jack Conway (who went on to lose). Incredible speaker. Awesome politician.

  • otocump

    For a former head of office that got head in office (sorry, can’t let the chance for that go) Bill really nailed it. Whats this? FACTS? You can’t use those? Not verifiable ones! The republicans can’t handle those! I’m not even American and I want to vote Clinton 2012 now too.

  • Kimberly

    I was too young to feel this the last time I heard Bill talk, but now… I totally understand the appeal!

  • Anonymous

    I watched this last night and was thinking the same thing – I SO wish we could have Bill Clinton back. I miss those 8 years terribly.

  • John Horstman

    Bill Clinton did some terrible, terrible things, including pushing NAFTA and partially dismantling/privatizing the federal welfare programs. That said, he’s a brilliant politician, and I’d wager he’s at the same point on the political spectrum as Obama, possibly farther Left (more toward the center). Also, dude actually unbalanced the federal budget in the opposite direction (gave us a surplus to start paying down our debt). Even considering the dot-com boom, that’s impressive, as the Republicans would have shunted it into more corporate welfare and defense contracts in order to perpetuate a constant crisis state, backing their fear-based national narrative.

    • John Horstman

      You know, I can’t help but hear that chant of “Four more years” as partially directed at Bill Clinton. FSMdamn he delivers a good speech.

  • Steve Andrew

    Watching that made me wish we had leaders like that in our country (UK). Sadly none from my lifetime spring to mind.

    I seem to remember reading in 2000 that if Clinton had been able to run for a third term he probably would have won in a landslide. Probably even more popular at the end of his term than at the beginning. Sigh, I miss the 90s. I’d even put up with the Spice Girls again if I could relive that decade.

    Still, maybe if Gore had won in 2000, we wouldn’t have got his head in a Futurama jar? Swings and roundabouts…

    • Gordon

      Gore won the vote in 2000. He was robbed.

      • Steve Andrew

        Ah, yeah, good point. I think my brain has been trying to block the memory of that night for the last 12 years…

  • Piegasm

    I have such a soft spot for Bill Clinton since I turned 18 the year he first ran for president. What an awesome speech.

  • Stogoe

    I wasn’t old enough to vote for Clinton either time, but I was old enough to watch and understand and remember when the Republicans constantly undermined and sabotaged our country to try and destroy him, and when they failed at that, when they subverted democracy to install failed baseball team owner Dubya as their puppet-in-chief. I’m not sure I could ever vote Republican for any elected office at this point, even if they performed a complete inversion of their values and their party platform became the Atheist Progressive Social Safety Net Paradise platform.

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