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Poll: What Did You Think of Bill Clinton's DNC Speech?

The former president spoke on the third day of the four-day Democratic National Convention.

A rotating cast of lawmakers and American citizens were center-stage at the in Charlotte, NC, Wednesday night, speaking to a stadium packed with delegates and millions of others watching on TV.

Automobile workers whose jobs were salvaged by President Barack Obama's auto industry bailout in 2009 were swift to praise the current commander-in-chief; laid-off Bain Capitol employees were quick to dig into presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney, accusing him of operating businesses without a moral compass. 

The later hours housed more household names, like Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)—who assailed Paul Ryan—and activist Sandra Fluke, who enumerated on the Democratic Party's commitment to women's rights.

The night's penultimate event was an hour-long speech by former president Bill Clinton. He lauded Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and America's middle class.

After Clinton voiced support for Obama, delegates from the 50 states followed suit, officially nominating the current president to run again come November.

Ken Jenkins, a Westchester County Legislator in New York state, said the remarks delivered during the night were impressive.

"The speeches were outstanding in setting the tone," he said. "We are better off than we were four years ago; we need to move forward. [And] it's clear, at least from my perspective, that we need to move forward with President Obama."

What are your thoughts on Clinton's DNC speech? Take our poll and tell us in the comments section below.

John B. Greet September 07, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I can't in good conscience cast a vote on Pres. Clinton's speech because I haven't seen the entire thing yet. I have heard and read a considerable amount of reaction, both pro and con. My comment has more to do with Pres. Clinton himself, and how must Democrats respond to him, than his speech before the Convention. It simply amazes me that despite having been Impeached, disbarred (twice over), fined, settling various sexual harrassment-related lawsuits and paying settlement amounts and fines exceeding six figures, most Democrats still view Pres. Clinton as some sort of rock star. Seeing him wagging his finger at us all once again only serves to remind me of how he also did that once before and lied through his teeth to us all the while. I will never, ever understand the outright adoration for Pres. Clinton on the part of so many Democrats.
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 04:57 AM
A guy from the Brookings Institute faulted him for counting something twice, but otherwise said the speech was even better than Obama's. But that isn't what you wanted to hear, is it? :D
Travel September 07, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Can we please keep political issues out of the Patch. I thought this was for news about MB. The last one of these polls had comments from all over Southern California. I didn't sign up for this to be a political commentary for either side. I just want MB (and spreading that out, South Bay News). I have asked befoe. Please?
Travel September 07, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Your comment is now live on Beverly Hills Patch. Thanks for your contribution. To continue the conversation return to POLL: What Did You Think of Bill Clinton's DNC Speech?. This is what I am talking about! Who cares on MB Patch about Beverly Hills?
Clark Kent September 07, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Amazing!! Absolutely spot on. No falicies just straight fact. Kind of different from the RNC
AJ Willmer September 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM
President Clinton has always been able to distill complicated issues down to their essence. Once again he excelled. It was an extraordinary speech. If you have time to spend 50 minutes listening to it, you will have a good understanding of the stark choice we have in this presidential election, no matter which side of stark you are on.
John B. Greet September 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Nancy, I think it's great that we have career politicians, from any party, who can speak well and stir emotions in large crowds. I just wish some could become a bit more discerning about those they insist upon treating as royalty. I think it's pretty sad that so many -particularly in a political party that supposedly champions womens' rights- are so anxious to forget and/or ignore how very shabbily Pres. Clinton treated many of the women around him while he was Governor and, later, President. I think it is even more sad how much of a pass Pres. Clinton receives from his many adoring fans for the extremely disrespectful manner in which he dealt with the Courts during the entire Paula Jones (and related) litigations. When a sitting President (and licensed attorney) has to be cited for civil contempt of court and later disbarred (by two different Courts) for his conduct under oath, I think that is one of the first things people should recall about his or her tenure, not one of the last.
Mike M September 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Is Clark Kent really your name or are you just living in a fantasy world? You're certainly in a fantasy when it comes to this speech. "no falicies just straight fact". It's all politics and all spin no matter which party. Do you also believe that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"? John Greet is correct. This guy is a complete animal and he's treated like a rock star. It's scary.
connie oser September 07, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Well said.
j atkins September 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Befuddles me as well. He is a politician through and through and is protecting his okole & Hilary's. "I never had ..." Many Americans surprisingly treat the President of the United States as another program on TV.. If our history classes took American History more seriously and economics classes taught entrepreneurism and history of economics in the U.S. there would be a landslide for Romney.. It's not an accident the U.S. is who it is and where it is, but on a pinnacle; economically and morally fragile, it needs strong, TRUTHFUL, leadership to take us forward.
Watts September 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Clinton's approval rating in the US even before the speech was 69%, which means that you are making this partisan adoration, when it obviously crosses all parties. In fact, that 31% that does not appreciate what Clinton did for this country is pretty close to the 25%-30% figure that regularly (and blindly) say things like that they think that Obama is a Muslim or any of the multitude of other ridiculous extreme right wing radical ideas. Likewise, his global approval rating for US presidents is unlikely to ever be surpassed. He is a flawed man. We are all flawed people. Martin Luther King was was a similarly flawed leader, but it doesn't change the importance of his writings or what he did for the civil rights movement. Bill Clinton's presidential legacy will eventually be similar to King's, where the flaws will only be known as footnotes by historians as people like yourself who cling so tightly to bashing Clinton, pass on into the hereafter. Most people recognize Clinton as having been the leader of our country during a time of prosperity that our generation had not seen before nor since, as well as a peak for the US image in the world. He was a horny guy who let that get him into a lot of trouble. But most people aren't hung up on such indiscretions or the results, to let them forget his real accomplishments. And nobody should be naive enough to believe that he was the first president to have a mistress service him in the White House.
Watts September 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
It doesn't matter what you think of Bill's personal issues, policy, etc, but anybody who looks at his speech and thinks that it was less than amazing, doesn't understand what a great speech is. People may not like Jesse Jackson, but in his prime, he was incapable of giving a bad speech. It was stirring, engaging (even at 45 mins) and mostly off the cuff. His ability to improvise like that and not loose the audience is a great skill. And what is more amazing is that even the fact checkers who parsed that speech, still were hard pressed to find any factual flaws. The only one that Politifact found was when he said that Mitt Romney said that he liked to fire people, but I think that most of the audience knew the exact quote well enough to know exactly what Clinton was referring to. In a previous life, I taught rhetorical criticism and the skill set that it takes to give a speech that is that improvised, that factually on target and that engaging to the audience is a rare skill set. Some people may stumble upon those moments almost by accident once in their life, but Clinton for the last 15+ years delivers like that consistently with his speeches. You may not like the guy (that 31% out there), but there is no denying his ability to give a great speech. Obama, just today, joked that he had received a recommendation that he should hire Clinton as the "Secretary of Explaining Stuff." Bill has a skill set that is basically unparalleled when it comes to public speaking.
Melanie Ann September 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
John, please, even if you hate him, just listen to his speech. It was good and very enlightening. Democrats and Republicans can make mistakes and do bad things. He wife forgave him....so for that part...I stay out of it.
Melanie Ann September 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
What is worse, driving a country into bankruptcy by starting 2 wars and cutting taxes? Or making a country abundant, but having affairs. Really, it is between him and his wife. Besides....it's been years now...the guy's been through therapy, a quadruple bypass and helped many countries all over the world.
Eileen Pedersen September 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I did take the time to listen to his speech and do think that he has an uncanny way of explaining matters for the masses. Double down on trickle down says it all. I didn't get half as much from the RNC. I for one want to know what the plan is.
Darrell September 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I'm sorry, but I can't let this go. All of Clinton's supposed successes while in office are directly attributable to the Republican congress elected in '94. And Clinton is the major factor in the housing mess that Bush had to deal with. Clinton required lenders to give mortgages to people who clearly could not afford them. And, Clinton was very credibly accused of rape (Juanita Broderick) which was given an hour of airtime on NBC's "Dateline". That we would even care whether or not he gave a good speech Wednesday night is beyond me. By the way, why was John Edwards nowhere to be seen at the DNC? He gives a good speech.
Peter Paley September 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I have to admit Clinton is slick. He is like a very good Defense Attorney. By the time he is done twisting the facts with BS, he could convince a jury the murderer is innocent of the crime that everbody knows he committed.
Amnesty96 September 08, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I won't comment on the people who hate Clinton here. I am one of his adoring fans and very proud of it. He and Obama both have supreme intelligence and Obama is damn good writer himself. (Before you get up in arms, I do know that they also use speech writers, but both of these presidents, unlike G. W., actually write most of the speeches themselves while allowing the writers to tweak, as opposed to the opposite). I have recently seen Clinton at UCLA speak about his foundation (which is non partisan) and world economies and in that speech too, he had us at "Hello." He is, dare I say, the most gifted public speaker on earth. What I loved about the speech is that it really parsed out each topic from macro to micro and then how it effects us. It was a lecture, but an engaging one. Did you see the look of the faces in the crowd? Hanging on every word, and I can attest to the fact that his public speaking has that effect. I can't abide the naysayers so I won't even go there. It was a truly amazing speech and a truly amazing political lesson. Loved it.
R. J. Steelworth September 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The entire time Slick Willie was speaking could just hear Beavis and Butthead saying, "Liar... Liar.....
Darrell September 09, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I'm not a Clinton hater, and I will acknowledge he is a good public speaker. But I think he needs to be held accountable for the way he has treated women. I would think that in West Hollywood, of all places, he would not be considered worthy of respect or, certainly, of adulation.
Jo P September 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Clinton is a great speaker. He explains complicated issues is layman's terms instead of mumbo-jumbo political evasiveness.
For Mitt September 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Clinton can't stand him either
Cino October 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This man is responsible for NAFTA ...which single-highhandedly has shipped over 10 million USA manufacturing jobs out of the country. Helped create this invasion of tens of millions of illegal aliens...along with Reagan. Bill Clinton is NOTHING to brag about!

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