I watched former President Clinton via Live Stream on WRAL today here in Raleigh. Clinton held a rally in Pullen park, where park police estimated the crowd to be around 4,000 in an area that can roughly realistically hold 2,000, but who cares. Clinton looked tired and sounded rather hoarse at times.
My initial impression was that he was phoning this one in until someone in the crowd yelled out, “Bill you were the best President ever!” Clinton gave a bemused look out into the crowd where the shout came from and then it was no longer an Obama rally, it was a Bill Clinton is awesome rally. Clinton nearly broke his arm off patting himself and his wife on the back. I had to fight back bile and yelling out, ‘BENGHAZI!’ when he said Obama was a good commander-in-chief.
Clinton: “Obama has been a good commander in chief… And he’s got a heck of a Secretary of State.”
— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) November 4, 2012
Clinton digressed into some kind of sick comedy routine when he started referring to his (Lewinsky?) past exploits near the latter third of the speech. No, I’m not kidding. He made a weird reference about having gotten his ‘hand caught in the cookie jar’. He went on to say he faced up to getting his hand caught in said jar. I think Hillary might disagree.
My favorite line from the most famous, lying President of all time was this:
“You should care whether your president is telling you the truth.”
Clinton hit all the high notes – GM victory lap, $5 trillion lie, Romnesia, student loan cost lies etc., but overall, I don’t think anyone is going to look at cookie jars the same way for a long while.
More at WRAL.
Video is here. Clinton comes on around the 52 minute mark.