Scheduled for 28 minutes, former President Bill Clinton spoke for 48 at the Democratic National Convention last night. And, by all accounts, he knocked it out of the park. Afterward, even Republicans were conceding that Obama would likely win reelection… Here’s the video.
And, here, thanks to a Redditor by the name of TheRealTK421, is a bit of the transcript.
…”One of the greatest Chairmen the Democratic party ever had, Bob Strauss, used to say… that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. But… Strauss then admitted, it ain’t so.”
…”And here’s what I want the people at home to think about – When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain…. the politics of constant conflict may be good. But what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.”
…”In those 52 years, our private economy has produced… 66 million private sector jobs. So, what’s the job score? Republicans – 24 million, Democrats – 42!”
…”In 2010, as the President’s recovery program kicked in, the job loses stopped. And things began to turn around. The Recovery Act saved or created millions of jobs and cut taxes – lemme say this again – cut taxes for 95% of the American people. In the last 29 months, our economy has produced about 4.5 million private sector jobs. We coulda done better, but last year the Republicans blocked the President’s job plan – costing the economy more than a million new jobs. So, here’s another job score: President Obama – plus 4.5 million. Congressional Republicans – ZEE-RO”
…”So, what’s happened? There are now 250,000 more people working in the auto industry than on the day the companies were restructured. So, now we all know that Governor Romney opposed the plan to save GM and Chrysler. So, here’s another job score – are you listening in Michigan and Ohio and across the country? – here’s another job score. Obama – 250,00… Romney? ZEE-RO.”
…”Now, finally… listen to this. For the last 2 years, after going up at 3 times the rate of inflation for a decade… for the last 2 years, health care costs have been under 4% in both years for the first time in 50 years… Now, when Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama’s Medicare savings as quote ‘the biggest, coldest power play’ – I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Because… that 716 billion dollars is exactly, to the dollar, the same amount of Medicare savings that he has in his… own… budget! You gotta gi’ him one thing – it takes some brass to attack a guy for doin’ what you did…”
…”And, the administration agreed to give waivers to those Governors, and others, only if they had a credible plan to increase employment by 20% – and they could keep the waivers only if they did increase employment. Now – did I make myself clear? – the requirement was for more work, not less. So… this is personal to me… we moved millions of people off welfare. It was one of the reasons that, in the 8 years I was President, we had 100 times as many people move out of poverty into the middle class than happened under the previous 12 years. A hundred times as many – it’s a big deal. But I am telling you, the claim that President Obama weakened welfare reform’s work requirement is just… not… true. But, they keep on running ads claiming it. You wanna know why? Their campaign pollster said, ‘We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.’ Now, finally I can say – that IS true.”
…”People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.”
…”We simply cannot afford to give the reigns of government to someone who will double-down on trickle-down.”