Is Bill Clinton Still Bloviating?

I didn’t think Foghorn Leghorn Bill Clinton was ever going to shut up last night!  Fifty minutes!  He talked his way out of prime time. In 1988 Clinton first rose to national prominence giving an interminable nominating speech at the Democrat convention that went on and on and elicited boos from his hapless audience:

The purgatory of a speech last night was definitely in that mode.  The speech probably did Obama some good as an attempt to soothe sane Democrats who are frightened that   Obama is leading their party to a memorable thrashing, but I doubt if it had much impact on anyone else.  Only die hard Clinton fans or die hard political junkies were going to sit through all of this.  Obama obviously thinks that the Clinton speech was important as his appearance at the end of the speech indicated.  It was amusing seeing two men who so cordially despise each other playing nice nice together!  Ah politics, the eternal fount of hypocrisy!




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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Michelle’ touting of Barach’s unconditional love as a child Sister Campbell using her time to drive the wedge between herself and her version of Catholic sister, and Jesus’ Body, the Church, and William Jefferson Clinton’s oratorical extravaganza were a strange trinitarian combo.

  2. And to think Clinton’s speech was far from the worst last night. Here is Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s speech. The guy barely speaks English and loses the audience after about 2 sentences. I mean, Martha Luther King Jr?

  3. I saw a few fragments of it. I have never really seen any of his speeches stem to stern. Very fluid delivery. Bogus arguments which would go down well with that particular audience. The most striking this is the number of years the man has put on without adding any weight. If you have a moment, compare recent photographs of him with those of Mitt Romney, Albert Gore, J.D. Quayle, or even Michael Dukakis (13 years his senior). Compare him to Ronald Reagan in 1977, Gerald Ford in 1979, or George Bush the Elder in 1990.

  4. A friend commented on his appearance and noted that he had actually put on weight. If you recall he had heart surgery several years back, and was in fact looking rather gaunt.

  5. There is a certain type of mob orator, who can catch the mood of his audience and express what they feel, in a way that they know that they could not, but which they immediately recognise to be exact.

    That, I am sure, is why so many historical speeches, unendurable to us, produced prodigious effects on their immediate hearers.

  6. Excellent commentary on Bill Clinton is contained in a recent Voris You Tube video:


    (hope that’s the rite link)

    Adulterer, philanderer, consummate liar, impechment, intern harasser, bimbo squad, and so on were the terms used. And yet he’s held up as the paragon of the woman’s rights movement? Willian Jefferson “I did not have sex with that woman” Clinton? Can anyone remember Monica Lewinsky? One wonders if Sandra Fluke is an aspirant wannabe. Anybody taking bets?

    I am not saying Republicans don’t have their fair share of sex scandals. After all, we are talking about politics, whether 2000 years ago when Caligula made his horse a Senator or today when Obama has Biden as his VP (what exactly has change? But I digress in insulting horses everywhere.) But my goodness! Has there been such magnificent blovification, er, I mean oratory since the days of the Roman Senate?

  7. Dale Price,

    And, the eniurety is largely counter-factual.

    Bush didn’t build that financial crisis of 2008, alone.

    Slick Willie’s and Dom Cuomo’s decisions inflated the housing bubble that devastated the world economy in 2008: derivative trading unregulated, allow deposit-taking institutions to engage in proprietary trading, pressure on banks to relax mortgage lending standards, let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grow enormously large based on implicit government guarantee.

    When Bush Admin. personnel tried to slow it, they were RACISTS!!

    And, Obama’s role: The Daily Caller: “President Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 African-American clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Citibank have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices.

    “As few as 19 of those 186 clients still own homes with clean credit ratings, following a decade in which Obama and other progressives pushed banks to provide mortgages to poor African Americans.

    “The startling failure rate among Obama’s private sector clients was discovered during The Daily Caller’s review of previously unpublished court information from the lawsuit that a young Obama helmed as the lead plaintiff’s attorney. [RELATED: Learn about the 186 class action plaintiffs]”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/03/with-landmark-lawsuit-barack-obama-pushed-banks-to-give-subprime-loans-to-chicagos-african-americans/#ixzz25RFSA6or

    N.B., O recieved $104,000 in graft payments from FNMA.

    There’s the matter of NY Gov wannabe Cuomo’s role in promoting policies that fed the housing mania and set the stage for the meltdown.

    NY Governor Cuomo was Secretary of HUD during Bill Clinton’s second term. HUD Web site has an instructive item in the Archives section.

    Entitled, “Highlights of HUD Accomplishments 1997-1999,” the document chronicles the “accomplishments under the leadership of Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who took office in January 1997.”

    In 1999 “Cuomo established new Affordable Housing Goals requiring FNM and FRE — two GSE’s involved in housing finance — to buy $2.4 trillion in mortgages in 10 years. This would mean new affordable housing for about 28.1 million low- and moderate-income families. The historic action raised the required percentage of mortgage loans for low- and moderate-income families that the companies(FNMA/FHLMC) MUST BUY from 42% of total purchases to 50% in 2001.”

    One thing: unike Ted Kennedy, Clinton only sexually abused women. He never drowned any.

  8. PWP

    you have to understand that feminism today is almost entirely about free abortion/birth control. they’re not concerned about how amoral/immoral someone is. i remember one feminist site proving this point in the whole Weiner debacle more recently

  9. I agree, JDP, which is why we have to emphasize that women’s rights are human rights: the right to life and liberty, to be responsible and accountable, to be authentically and completely a woman in the case of women, and a man in the case of men. To be a feminist in today’s society is to oppose the liberation of a woman to be authentically and completely a woman, and to be treated and respected as such.

    The prime example of true and liberated womanhood is always and everywhere the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    And the prime example of true and liberated manhood is always and everywhere our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    It is in obedience to God the Father that we become liberated and realize our potential in attaining true and authentic womanhood for women and manhood for men. But those are old fashion ideas now discarded as society teeters at the edge of a cliff.

  10. “this speech was a living, breathing organism. the crowd, the hall, the speech, one.”

    That one is a keeper Dale. I swear that the mainstream press in this country has less objectivity towards Bill Clinton than Monica Lewinsky did during her intern days.

  11. I think the current Clinton fetishists are reflecting their own anxiety. After all most of the media turned on Hill and Bill in 2008 and kicked them to the curb. Now with the Dems under Obama sinking in public approval as well as losing ground in many states they are worried. Worried about themselves. If the Dems are diminished then their media will really suffer. Where are they going to get jobs paying anything remotely like what they are paid? After all the media was declining even as the Dems surged in 2006 and 2008. Clinton is like a life preserver to them or so they hope.

  12. Paul W. Primavera: “The prime example of true and liberated womanhood is always and everywhere the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    And the prime example of true and liberated manhood is always and everywhere our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    It is in obedience to God the Father that we become liberated and realize our potential in attaining true and authentic womanhood for women and manhood for men.”

    Well said.

  13. “I didn’t think Foghorn Leghorn Bill Clinton”

    Sorry I couldn’t copy the strikethrough…. Foghorn Leghorn was, in fact, modeled after Senator Beauregard Claghorn, a blustery Southern politician character (played by Kenny Delmar) who appeared in comedy sketches on the Fred Allen radio show in the late 1940s.

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