Former president Bill Clinton used nearly 50 minutes of keynote speech time at the Democratic National Convention to unleash a detailed dissection of Republican foibles, flaws and lies and a soaring assertion that the United States needs, nay, absolutely requires, a second-term presidency from Barack Obama.
"If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities – a 'we're all in it together' society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden," Clinton told the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.
Clinton, who strayed far from his prepared remarks, touched on Medicare, the national debt and student loans, sprinkling his speech with punchy one-liners and smart jabs at the GOP, even riffing on Republican president Ronald Reagan's famous "There you go again" line.
The speech should go a long way toward quelling popular speculation the former president and current POTUS don't see eye to eye (publicly, at least). Clinton, who appealed to centrist Democrats throughout his presidency, never straying as far left as Obama, told the voters "you must vote for Barack Obama."
"The most likely culprit is YouTube’s pre-emptive content filters, which
allow large media companies to upload content they claim to own and
automatically block videos that an algorithm decides matches their own," says Wired.
It's not the first time a video has been blocked. Last weekend, a similar algorithim blocked the livestream of the Hugo since fiction award ceremony and an official NASA recording of a Mars landing was blocked by a "rogue DMCA complaint."
The issue has since been resolved. Michelle Obama's full speech can be watched on YouTube here.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wave from the stage on August 30, 2012 on the final day of the Republican National Convention (RNC). The RNC culminates today with the formal nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the GOP presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the US presidential election. (STAN HONDASTAN/AFP PHOTO)
"Were he facing a more charismatic candidate than Mitt Romney or a less
extremist bunch than the Republicans, Mr Obama would already be staring
at defeat. The fact that the president has had to “go negative” so early
and so relentlessly shows how badly he needs the election to be about
Mr Romney’s weaknesses rather than his own achievements."
Paul Ryan waves after speaking during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Paul Ryan accepted the vice-presidential nomination, promising "we will not duck the tough issues" and "before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation's economic problems."
Condoleezza Rice gave her speech, winning big cheers from the crowd for an unusually passionate address touching on foreign policy, her childhood, and education reform. The transcript is here.
The team at FactCheck.org, a non-partisan group that monitors erroneous claims and B.S. uttered by politicians, broke down Tuesday's speeches and found several spin-heavy falsehoods, mostly centred around comments President Barack Obama made July 13 in Roanoke, Virginia, where he said:
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.
There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to
create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you
to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a
business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The
Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created
the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the
Republicans have since coopted the line, "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that," to suggest Obama doesn't care about and doesn't support small businesses and private entrepreneurship. Obama's "that" was referring to "roads and bridges" and other infrastructure.
The rhetoric was in full force Tuesday, as FactCheck points out. For example, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said:
"We need a president who
will say to a small businesswoman: Congratulations, we applaud your
success, you did make that happen, you did build that! Big government
didn’t build America: You built America! Small businesses don’t come
out of Washington D.C. pre-made on flat bed trucks. That coffee shop in
Henrico. That florist in Virginia Beach. That bakery in Radford. They
were all built by entrepreneurial Americans with big dreams, not a big
spending government with a wide open wallet full of other people’s
FactCheck also roots out bogus claims surrounding Medicare ($716 billion will not be stripped from Medicare for Obamacare; that money will materialize in Medicare growth reductions over the next 10 years) and a subject near and dear to our Canadian hearts: the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline.
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said Obama nixed the pipeline, when, in fact, the president has decided to hold his decision until after the November election.
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