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Bill Clinton
I always liked Bill Clinton.  As a Democrat, I was an ardent supporter of his and thought that national health care was long overdue. Like many in America who liked him, I was seriously disappointed with him for his extra-marital behavior - and even more with his initial lies about it. But we all make mistakes, certainly some more serious than others. Moreover, he's not the first president to have extra-marital doings.  That doesn't make it right, but it does show that presidents are human.

Whether or not you agree with his politics (or that of Democrats in general), you likely will concede that he is a very effective speaker.  I happened to catch his speech via the Fox News network and laughed at a comment made by political analyst Brit Hume afterwards.  He said, to the effect, if you were guilty of a crime, Bill Clinton is the guy you would want to defend you. He is a very accomplished politician: persuasive and charming.  All that aside, what I remember about Clinton and attribute much of his success as a president to is his ability to compromise.  As a centrist, he was able to put aside some of the party line and strike deals with Republicans.  We need less 'Occupy' and 'Tea Party' types and more people willing to actually get together and start solving some of these issues that plague our country.

Bill Clinton reminded me last night of all the good things Democrats stand for (not just the bad that I am reminded of on a constant basis). Yep, he's that good.

He made points I have been very aware of: Republicans are responsible for a lot of this mess and would love to pin it on Obama's lack of action or taking wrong actions. While there is a very vocal element of the party that screams "small government," that is not reflected in the actions taken by either of the Bush presidencies or that of Richard Nixon. Republicans are famous for talking about job creation, but Clinton’s numbers were accurate -- historically more jobs are created under Democratic administrations than they are Republican.

He left us much to think about.  I say 'good job.'
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