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Bill Clinton Brings It for Obama

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The scores are in and even some Republican judges agree Bill Clinton nailed his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

In an impassioned 48-minute address, the two-term president methodically made the case for President Obama’s second term.

Like a folksy professor, Clinton laid out a comprehensive list of President Obama’s first-term accomplishments, from the auto bail out to the health care bill, and offered compelling statistics to bolster the idea that the country is better off than it was four years ago.

Clinton also defused GOP attacks on President Obama with his trademark charm, claiming Paul Ryan had “some brass” for criticizing the president’s Medicare cuts when Ryan’s own budget would make the same cuts.

At the end of the speech, Clinton was embraced by President Obama. A gesture that shows how far their relationship has come since 2008, but also a reminder that President Obama has a very tough act to follow when he accepts his party’s nomination tonight.