Raspy Clinton gives full-throated backing

2012-11-04 22:12

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Concord - In a raspy whisper, Bill Clinton said words many Democrats never thought they would hear, telling a huge Barack Obama crowd: "I have given my voice in the service of my president."

So Clinton has - literally, with his exhaustive campaigning for a candidate he once disdained, and figuratively, by laying out a plain-spoken case for the current commander-in-chief, which Obama has sometimes struggled to match.

The ex-president, his white mane picked out by spotlights, was the warm-up act for Obama at a rally in swing state Virginia late on Saturday that was packed despite frigid temperatures, just three days before America votes.

An hour later, as Clinton's theme song Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac blasted into the night air, the business of placing his two-term Democratic legacy on Obama's shoulders was complete.

The joint appearances - Clinton introduced Obama in Concord, New Hampshire on Sunday - are the latest effort by the Obama campaign to catch a ride on Clinton's reputation for engineering nearly a decade of prosperity in the late 1990s.

They also highlighted the growing warmth between the two party giants, following tensions that flared when Obama thwarted Hillary Clinton's bid for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

Bill Clinton "has been a tireless - and by tireless I mean he is also losing his voice - advocate on behalf of the president," Obama campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Sunday aboard Air Force One, as the past and current presidents sat together in the front of the plane.

"Obama has enjoyed the growth in their friendship and relationship," Psaki added. "They have a really easy rapport with one another and that's been a really enjoyable part of the last couple of weeks."

Clinton has now done 28 events for Obama in the climax of the campaign, using his popularity to serve as a powerful advocate for the president.

Clinton's embrace of Obama, after a cool relationship in the first years of the younger man's term, has revived one of the great imponderables of US politics - what are the Clintons up to?

Some conspiracy theorists believe the former president and master campaigner is backing Obama so warmly simply to secure Obama's support should Hillary Clinton decide to make another run for the presidency in 2016.

Others believe that Clinton, grateful for Obama's choice of his wife as secretary of state, simply could not resist the call to action, to the frontline campaign politics he loves.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    barack obama  |  bill clinton  |  us  |  us elections 2012

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Habana believes in younger Boks
All Blacks ready for a 'hell of a battle'
Barnes to ref Boks, Wales clash
Brave Blossoms: 'Sport heroes of Japan'

Your incisive and innovative mind is on fire. You may be keen to explore new avenues that can help to inspire you. You may...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.