Smart Things Bill Clinton Did

12:00 am ET

  1. Ate well into late local news in the Eastern and Central time zones, getting unfiltered access to a covey of undecided voters.
  2. Praised George W. Bush to earn bipartisan cred.
  3. Did a point-by-point refutation of Republican attacks on Medicare, budgets, and welfare reform.
  4. Rode the wave of the crowd, used humor, and built brilliantly to a conclusion.
  5. Made a cute, crowd-pleasing reference to Hillary.
  6. Graciously made it all about Obama, with his own presidency only as a backdrop.
  7. Talked about hope and patriotism and the American spirit in a manner that was not the least bit defensive.
  8. Wore the hugeness of his stature with grace, humility, and dignity.
  9. Gave Obama a major symbolic and literal hug.
  10. Most of all: didn’t disappoint and left Republicans with almost no way to rebut or respond directly to him.

Here’s more of my take on the Clinton speech from “Morning Joe”:

Related Topics: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Mark Halperin, 2012 Elections, Analysis, Democratic Party, News, The Page

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