The following is an excerpt from FRED BARNES | September 6, 2012 | TheWeeklyStandard.com |
In his fondest dreams, President Obama couldn’t have imagined getting any more from Bill Clinton than he did last night at the Democratic convention. Rather than pull Obama toward his centrist policies, Clinton embraced Obama’s hyper-liberalism—at least for one night.
Despite his well-known differences with Obama, Clinton made a stronger case for the president’s reelection than either Obama or his campaign have been able to muster. And some of the claims Clinton made for the Obama presidency go beyond what even the White House has asserted—well beyond.
The rousing Clinton speech was accompanied by his exaggerated body language—smiles, laughs, frowns, and nods—and the use of rhetorical devices such as alerting the convention that his next statement would be “important” and everyone should listen up.
But for all that, the whole Clinton performance worked, not only in the convention hall in Charlotte but also on television. Clinton is a master at delivering a speech to political audiences, whether or not the content is truthful or hot air.
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