Clinton’s brief turn in this year’s Democratic National Convention represented his most insignificant role at a convention. But while he might be seen as a bit of an embarrassing uncle by the party’s young guns, he framed the argument against Trump as few other politicians can.
It’s a mark of the Democratic Party’s dearth of younger talent that the 74-year-old — who was elected in 1992, served eight years and has had a busy 20-year post-presidency — is still three years younger than this year’s presumptive nominee.
But four years later, the “Man from Hope” came back to win the White House.
The boom and bust cycle of Clinton’s career took a dip after Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton for the 2008 ticket. But in 2012, he made his most effective convention speech yet — long and ad-libbed — explaining in a way Obama never managed why the incumbent deserved a second term.
On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, a roll call across all 57 US states and territories tallied votes to formally nominate Joe Biden for president, offering glimpses of local cultures, customs and languages along the way. Cows, calamari, and historic figures all had cameos. Above: Democrats in American Samoa.
‘It’s terrible. We don’t want that.’
One of President Donald Trump’s new daily rituals is to tut-tut about coronavirus clusters in countries that did well suppressing the first wave of the pandemic. On Monday, he took a shot at New Zealand, which initially eradicated the disease but must now delay a general election to stamp out emerging hot spots.
Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern didn’t take long to respond. “I don’t think there is any comparison between New Zealand’s current cluster and the tens of thousands of cases that are being seen daily in the United States,” she said.
New Zealand: 73 new cases, 0 deaths
South Korea: 1,101 new cases, 1 death
Australia: 2,060 new cases, 107 deaths
Italy: 3,410 new cases, 191 deaths
United Kingdom: 7,672 new cases, 73 deaths
Germany: 8,192 new cases, 33 deaths
France: 17,184 new cases, 107 deaths
United States: 343,925 new cases, 7,034 deaths
If anything, new outbreaks abroad should be cause for alarm by the President who oversaw the world’s feeblest defense against the virus’s first wave.
PS. Reader Gaylene from New Zealand put it this way: You should be so lucky to have only nine new cases of CoVid-19. What an idiot to choose NZ to try to “sh*t” on!!!
‘In over her head’
We thought we’d check on what you said about it. Here’s a sample of reader feedback — which was nearly universally positive — about Obama’s speech.
“As next door neighbors we have been watching the slow motion train wreck in the US over the past 3 and half years with bewilderment and sadness. Last night the heart of America spoke. What a contrast. It won’t cure the ills that afflict the country or the rage and fright that many Americans harbor, but those words showed the way on how to address the problems,” wrote Robert from Canada.
“It was honest, earnest and back to the basics of living right and doing unto others as you would have them do…