By Eric Zanzucchi (@ericzanzucchi)
I knew Bill Clinton was the headliner at the DNC on Wednesday night, but I just felt the need to watch some NFL football after 7 months of sobriety. I got a really good review of the speech from a friend and watched the entirety of it a few hours after it concluded.
My first thought was: Is he hitting on Michelle Obama in front of the entire country? Early in his speech Clinton said that, “I want to nominate a man ….. who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama.” It was obviously a complimentary reference to the speech she had made the night prior, but it made me a little uncomfortable hearing this from the politician who had a dozen affairs. Hillary’s stuck in East Timor, Barack’s going to be busy Thursday night, and maybe that was the most brazenly public proposition in Earth’s history. (I’m just throwing it out there.)
The speech was full of comparisons between himself and Obama. Some of them were fair and some were not. For example, he said with respect to the economy that:
“I experienced the same thing in 1994 and early 1995. Our policies were working and the economy was growing but most people didn’t feel it yet. By 1996, the economy was roaring….”
But that was all in his first term. He was reelected so strongly because of the already proven success he’d had on the economy not the promise that the improvement will come if given a second term. Whether or not you think all the comparisons between Obama and Clinton are fair it’s a great strategy to use because people sure do like voting for Bill Clinton.
P.S. I was hoping that when Clinton left the stage and the cheers died down he’d come back out with his saxophone and give the crowd an encore. (This isn’t a perfect world.)