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Bill Clinton vouches for Obama: now "ready to lead."

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DENVER -- Former President Bill Clinton took it all back on Wednesday, all the primary shots about Barack Obama's inexperience, telling a wildly cheering Democratic convention of a time when voters sent a young, inexperienced man to the White House.

Like Clinton in 1992, "Barack Obama is on the right side of history," said Clinton. And Obama is "ready to lead," even from Day One, Clinton conceded.


The rap on the 2004 convention was that it was soft on President Bush, setting up a narrow loss for Sen. John Kerry after his war hero record and patriotism were questioned. Obama is not going to make the same mistake. He will be tougher. Joe Biden, his running mate, will be tougher.

In a show of force on the third day of the Democratic convention, the most central criticisms of Obama were rhetorically demolished -- with Clinton doing much of the heavy lifting.

John McCain was slammed by Sen. Evan Bayh, Sen. Jack Reed, former Sen. Tom Daschle and most forcefully by Kerry and Biden, who said electing McCain is merely handing Bush a third term.

Kerry got that rare do-over and gave the speech he should have made during his 2004 bid.

"This time, we are going to win," said Kerry, as he tore into McCain, claiming his maverick image is a "myth" and highlighting his policy switches. "Talk about being for it before you're against it," said Kerry, turning a deadly line hurled against him in 2004 toward McCain.

Bill Clinton came to the Pepsi Center needing to undo Hillary's slogan, "Ready to Lead from Day One,'' the unsubtle indictment of Obama's thin resume. Clinton needed to tell her backers to vote for Obama in November.

Clinton justified the new vote of confidence by giving Obama credit for the long, protracted primary battle with Hillary, which "tested and strengthened him." Clinton may be moving on, but the Republicans are not. They are using Hillary's most stinging anti-Obama sound bites in ads. Bill offered the rebuttal.

"Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world. . . . Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States," Clinton declared.

Sixteen years ago, Clinton's nominating convention closed with Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow" as confetti came down in Madison Square Garden.

On Wednesday, Clinton was welcomed on stage with the same song.

The signature Clinton tune --as with the other oldies played by rocker Melissa Etheridge -- was just right for Obama Wednesday night.

Indeed, "The times, they are a changing."

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The Clintons have indeed Redeemed themselves and have united the Democratic party. However, Media wants you to think that Dems Convention was a bust (no red meat - vegatables are so much more healthier to the system, however) But, what the Dems did accomplish and which is stronger than all the red meat/anger in the world is UNITY/Love, because a house divided cannot stand! Watch out and be on Guard for those who want to Divide because make no mistake about it a united group is Powerful, Strong, Unstoppable. Now they want to belittle and divide us by unmeaningful and trivial talks of pillars and temple, some seem even Obsessed by it. They are like rude and jealous children who make fun of a beautiful or gifted person -- making fun of their clothes because they are not satisfied within themselves, all the while secretly wishing they looked like that or had that gift. People of Change, People of the future, be on guard!

For those who want accurate news analysis, do yourself a favor and “watch C-SPAN for convention coverage and get yourself psychically cleared. Stop watching cable news channels. The MSM is desperately working to program us morning noon and night. And creating despair amongst those who are openly hopeful about 2008 politics is very easy. Just bust the bubble that gives you room to believe that change can happen and the rest falls away. Including your own sense of self-empowerment. Believe it.”

Bill Clinton did a great job comparing Barack Obama's run for the White House to his own. It will be intresting to see how the Republicans respond to this brilliant speech given by the former president. If i were to guess, I would say more negative ads showing what Bill Clinton said about Barack Obama numerous times on the campaign trail

ALOT OF YOU CONFUSE POLITICS WITH LOYALTY!
YOU CAN AND WILL ALWAYS LEARN FROM BILL SURPLUS
CLINTON, NOT GEORGE DEFECIT BUSH, THERE IS A
BIG DIFFERENCE, ONE IS IN IT FOR US, ONE IS IN IT
FOR THEMSELVES!
THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER!
I KNOW SOME OF YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT ME OR MY
FAMILY, BUT THANK GOD BARACK OBAMA DOES!
HILLARY CARES ABOUT ME!
JOHN MCCAIN DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ME OR YOU, UNLESS
YOU ARE ROLLING IN MONEY LIKE HIM AND HIS WIFE!
THE OLD JOHN MCCAIN CARED ABOUT ME, WHEN HE
DEFIED HIS PARTY AND REACHED ACROSS THE AISLE,
THIS MCCAIN IS GOING TO PUT US IN THE POOR HOUSE!
THANK GOD THIS IS IT FOR GEORGE BUSH, THANK GOD!
OBAMA AND BIDEN BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

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