Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton’


 

Just today, former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in Waukesha, Wisconsin in stumping for President Barack Obama in attempt to retain the chair for on November 6th. Now, for those who don’t know, Waukesha itself is a Republican Red County and Red City in Wisconsin. It’s so red that well it is.  Anyway the former President summed up topics from the economy, healthcare and student loans. Plus many other areas in which that the former President highlighted. Including going after Gov. Mitt Romney and being more enthused than ever before for Obama. And for me, I had to see the former President in person. After all, I voted for him for his second term. So yes, the 42nd President was in the house, even in a Republican area of Wisconsin.

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I’ve heard this everywhere. And I’ve read this on the news, blogs and social media. Some are believing that Mitt Romney won the first round. But the issue is, most of what he debated against President Obama. And oh yeah, Obama had his strong points in terms of the country losing 750,000 jobs BEFORE getting the chair in DC, as well as others, but many have speculated that the President may have let Romney in under the radar in terms of strategy. Jennifer Granholm called it on her show The War Room that he would lose the first debate. Well apparently she was right. But then again this had got me thinking: Whom else before who had gone on to repeat as President, lost the first debate in an election year?

The most obvious I know:

George W. Bush. He lost his first debate to John Kerry, but after that, repeated. Remember 2004 when we or most of us were all PO’d yet again?

Ronald Reagan. Yeah, every republicans dreamer, lost his first debate against Walter Mondale back in 1984 due to his age thing, but repeated in the next two debates.

Gerard Ford lost his first round in 1976, the same year when I came into the world, and rebounded.

Bill Clinton for reference didn’t lost his first round to Bob Dole, but still managed to repeat as the 42nd President in 1996.

So yes, it’s happened before! Google the info.

Now, I hate to break this to the Romney Maniacs in the country, but sometimes, history can repeat itself. Overall it’s been repeating since 1976, except for 1996. Don’t be surprised if and IF Obama comes back around and makes a turn around knockout on Mitt Romney along with a renewed confidence. Most likely that might happen. There is no question that the level field of game play will be entirely different.

Now what is up with Romney folks wanting to defund Public Broadcasting? Like the Sesame Streets, Mr. Rodgers Neighborhoods, Reading Rainbows and many other educated programs that most of us used as kids and I dare say adults?Many of us had those memories how to count one-two-three, or asking those to be our neighbors or in the words of LeVar Burton, “You don’t have to take my word for it”.

Speaking of LeVar Burton, and Reading Rainbow, he had a comment to say in regarding the latest gaffe if you will on Mitt Romney’s statement in regarding Public Broadcasting via the Reading Rainbow website:

“Last night Mitt Romney stated that as President he would cease to fund PBS. I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion. Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children. PBS represents .00016% of our nation’s budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances. Defending PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all.

On behalf of America’s children, I can’t stay silent. I encourage you to join me in fighting this short sighted and frankly mean spirited attack on our children. Let your voices be heard through Facebook, Twitter, in emails and calls to the Romney campaign and in your votes. Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, The Magic School Bus, Arthur, Bill Nye and dozens more current and past beloved programs cannot be sacrificed.

But you don’t have to take my word for it… Make your own decision about how you feel about Romney’s campaign against PBS, and act.”

Just remember that this is coming from a individual that once played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek. I’m just saying. But he knows his stuff with reading, education, and children. Back in the day, before blogging was cool, I was hooked on Reading Rainbow. Specifically with this:

And this was one of the main reasons why I got introduced to rap music. See what happens when you include this with education? I”m just saying. No lie.  Now I just said that I was introduced to hip hop by watching that one episode of Reading Rainbow. Others might laugh or getting an attitude about I should have watched it on MTV or some other station. The problem of that is, one: I was a young buck. And two, I didn’t start watching MTV until the mid to late 80’s.

But anyway, knowing this. I would yet to believe that the President will indeed bounce back. This past debate was just one round. And if I were a real Romney supporter, I would  be careful to celebrate of beating the President in the first debate. Just sometimes, those one hit wonder victories can be short lived.


Don’t be fooled by the title. I did say that I will give my comments of the DNC. I will have to admit, that the event had more “life” in my estimation than the RNC did in Tampa. Life as in more minorities. Life as in more music based on stage, and on the 1’s and 2’s. Life as in more in which has to be explained: Bring the truth and playing defense.

First, to analyze my critiques, the speeches were flowing freely in defense of the President. But I have to highlight the major speeches and some minors in which stood out. The speeches of Gov. Deval Patrick telling the Democrats to get a backbone of what they believed in. Having the FLOTUS telling the crowd how the presidency revealed her husband’s personal side. Sandra Fluke showed up and spoke out in public about her recent encounters from her choice to choose. Sister Simone Campbell, a nun from Nuns of the Bus (yes a NUN) showing up and telling the crowd that she, like every person of faith should “support the 100%” in terms of faith and expressing the love of Christ. What does that have to do with the DNC and they’re attempt to make case for Obama to remain in the chair for another 4 years.? Nothing much, but having that built “American Can Do Spirit” and being there for one another in tough times should be vital.

When the former President, Bill Clinton came on the stage at the DNC, I will say this here! I will say this who reads this. I will say this who might comment. And by the way, I haven’t done much commenting, but I will IF I get a chance. I will say this that even some Republicans might understand. I will say this that yes even Democrats must realize and as well as Independents. Bill Clinton, the 42nd President is the truth! Let me say that again: Bill Clinton is the truth. Most of what he had said in his almost 50 minute speech, was  mostly the truth in which it had to be said. Most of the lines, well let me sample:

On jobs: it was a ratio of 42 million to 21 million in term of total jobs so far in between the two parties. In which the Democrats currenlty lead.

On healthcare: Congressman Paul Ryan believed that the president took away the proposed “716 million dollars”.  Not true says the former president. That 700 million dollar amount was actually saved than spent.

On the debt: We know the debt. The  money is out of control. I know folks. From the speech: “Don’t you ever forget when you hear them talking about this that Republican economic policies quadrupled the national debt before I took office, in the 12 years before I took office  — and doubled the debt in the eight years after I left, because it defied arithmetic. “

Yep. According to most historical sources, the Republicans mostly raised the debt over the years while the Democrats held the debt under. I have to say that after listening to the speech portion of the debt, I think the issue of figures was the key element in which Bill had to exemptfly. And why not. All this time it was all about on how the debt was increased on Obama’s watch. Many tend to forget, that towards the end of Bush’s time, the debt was sharply worse. Also, I had to bring up another line from the speech in terms of fixing things: “No president — no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.” He had to admit, he and the Presidents before him couldn’t undo the ripple effect (both democrat and republican sides) in hoping to turn the country around. Sometimes it may take more than just 4 years for a country to get it back to normalcy. When Clinton was in the house, remember this: He balanced the budget evenly towards his second term. With a stimulus! And also about jobs, Mitt Romney wants to bank on 12 Million. When Clinton was running the show, he had 20 Million. I know for a fact, I lived in the 90’s. Learn it young bloggers. One thing about Bill Clinton I want to make, he knows! It’s just like being the king in the neighborhood that knows everything. And yes this is the same Bill Clinton that had the scandal that lead to the impeachment. But guess what, most folks (in a nostalgic way) STILL like him. Had to put that in there.

Then came Vice President Joe Biden. Or in the words of Bill Maher from 2008, “Joey the shark.” Joe Biden had one strict advice, in his words: “Never bet against the American people!” In terms of the Automobile Industry, and many others. Knowing the VP he still has beliefs that America can mount a comeback after getting knocked down, or slowed down as usual. He also commented how he advised the President in making the order to get Osama Bin Laden. And of course he had to bring out the moniker, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive!” Another point.

Then the speech that most have been waiting for: The President’s speech itself was a sell in order for his case of objectives in order to steer towards the next four years IF he wins the second term. Now for those who felt that he had to bring it, he had too. The words of him ringing out and it is a constant reminder: “I’m not just a candidate, I’m the president!” – Most say that the line should be on a T-Shirt. I agree. Print that up. Don’t forget to include the words – Made in America.  That also was a huge sell. It was real talk. It was a good look and many others. And it was said with full conviction. Make that pure conviction to the haters! Never forget the love moments with Michelle, and telling his daughters that they still have to go to school. He’s being a real parent and family man. Despite of many times tried, I’ll agree that the Republicans shook him. But they did not shatter him. They may disagreed or blocked ideals that the President laid out, but he kept going. No matter what. He had to recite Abraham Lincoln on his struggles when taking power: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go.” He also acknowledged the troops of their service as usual. And UNLIKE Mitt Romney, he did include Afghanistan, in terms of the draw down to 2014. One of his promises as we know, ending the war in Iraq, which in the eyes of Mitt and Paul was a “mistake.” Let me tell you, going into Iraq in the first place was the worst move for the military. Most of the focus should have been and currently is on Afghanistan/Pakistan in which all of the terrorism started against America. Another promise: ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Making an attempt to get the left over cash that left the country in debt PREVIOUSLY, in order to cut down on the National Debt and do some in his words “nation building at home”. Plus to produce more jobs.

Along with the A-listers like Kerry Washington and others, the DNC had something to do with the music. If any paid attention, DJ Cassidy was on the turntables mixing music from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and many others that were approved by him. The name of the group he started is called “DJ’s for Obama” in which some DJ’s come together for a cause in order to help Obama to retain his presidency. Matter of fact, DJ Cassidy was the first DJ to do the President’s Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball in 2009. My reaction, it was like more of thinking outside of the box. Sort of like the United Methodist Church doing the Rethink Church thing. I can’t imagine if any DJ who is politically challenged, would take their time out to rally up with political contenders.  I wouldn’t be surprised if future DJ’s would do the same if per say, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin would invite a well known DJ or DJ’s  from Milwaukee mixing music in a political urban sense. It could happen! If this idea is a way to get the DJ club audience involved in politics, it should be a bold move.

DJ Cassidy Keeps DNC Rockin’: Obama’s Spin Master Behind the Scenes

Attention Obama for America-Wisconsin folks: Put out a request or interest to have a “DJ’s for Obama” group here in Wisconsin. No matter if it’s in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay or other places. Just saying. 

I would say that the DNC had “life” at their convention. And it was in living color. No pun intended. Now since the conventions are over. Mostly the road rallies have started, but like everyone else, I’m waiting for the debates to see which candidate has another “sell” to present.

Coming up in my next blog: For the undecided voters, I’m going to go non-partisan on how to research for the candidate of your choosing. 


Earlier today in Milwaukee, Ex-Pres Bill Clinton addressed the crowd at Pere Marquette Park, in his support of Tom Barrett for the Recall Election. Mostly of what he said was about cooperation. Even about the consciousness of Wisconsin itself. Something that in my view, Scott Walker DOES NOT posses that well! Look at the clip and judge for yourself. And to those who are WordPress users in Wisconsin, you know that June 5th is coming. I’m not telling those who to vote for, but just go vote period.

Look at the keyword: Cooperation.