Listening to Bill Clinton can make you forget four years of unemployment above 8 percent, a national debt increasing to $16 Trillion, and a future endangered by out-of-control federal spending. Take just this week: The Obama administration plans to "forgive" Egypt's new Islamist government $1 billion in debt, just write it off. So, now, we have to borrow that billion from the Chinese and put our children's future further at risk in order to try to appease Mohamed Morsi. He's coming to Washington later this month to press President Obama to release the blind sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman. The sheikh is an Egyptian serving a life sentence for trying to blow up the World Trade Center during Bill Clinton's first months as president.
One of the problems of treating terrorism as a criminal justice issue is that the jailed terrorists tend not to stay jailed.
But to hear Bill Clinton's speech, you would think America is once again respected and loved throughout the world, thanks to Barack Obama's wisdom in choosing Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.
Everyone agreed that Hillary should be nowhere near the Charlotte Convention Center while Democrats were busy trying to renominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden. If you think the delegates on the convention floor were restive and resentful being forced to swallow platform language that acknowledged God is still God and Jerusalem is still the capital of Israel, can anyone imagine what would have happened if Hillary had put in an appearance?
There might have been a stampede to put her on the ticket and dump Joe Biden.
Johnson's forces feared that a powerful speech by Bobby in tribute to his slain brother, JFK, might sweep the delegates to put him on the ticket instead of Minnesota's Humphrey.
Bill Clinton took us back to 1961 in his speech in order to make the numbers fit. But he might remember the 1964 Democratic National Convention. That year, Lyndon B. Johnson had tapped Hubert H. Humphrey to be his vice presidential candidate. LBJ's operatives had to go out of their way to put the much-anticipated speech by Robert F. Kennedy after the presidential and vice presidential nominations were wrapped up.
So, it's a good thing that Hillary was on the other side of the world. She could not be drafted for vice president. She was busy getting snubbed by China's vice president.
I love the way Bill Clinton bragged about the balanced budgets he produced. He vetoed every budget bill the majority Republican Congress sent him, even forcing the government to shut down, and blaming it all on Newt. Then, he finally "triangulated" on the budget. And he gets the credit.
He vetoed welfare reform twice until he was reminded that he had promised to "end welfare as we know it." So he signed the bill the Republicans arm-twisted him into signing. And now he claims the credit for it.
My favorite Bill Clinton whopper was his middle-of-the-night signing of the Defense of Marriage Act. He dissed it. His spokesman called it a lousy piece of legislation. Then, Bill Clinton took out ads on Christian radio stations bragging about signing--you guessed it--the Defense of Marriage Act.
Well, you gotta know marriage was in trouble if it took Bill Clinton to defend it!
Bill Clinton reminds us of Adlai Stevenson's jibe at Tricky Dick Nixon: "He's the kind of politician who would chop down a redwood and then mount the stump to give a speech on conservation."
But George Stephanopoulos may have said it best: Bill Clinton has no shame--and that's a big advantage in politics.