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March 10, 2004

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Fond Memories of Bill Clinton

We forget sometimes what a ridiculously amazing speaker Bill Clinton could be. If the man didn’t have so many serious character flaws, despite the fact that his Presidency’s successes, whatever they were, have been mostly frittered away and his failures amplified, I’d seriously consider handing the dictator-for-life baton over, just on the strength of his speeches. No other politician can do that to me. I hate it when politicians speak. Their words are so cheap. But his are so wonderful. Bleh. Just read the incredible speech. (Via MY.)

Posted March 10, 2004 at 10:47 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Election 2004


I read the speech, then watched the video. It's pretty boring at the start -- tough crowd -- but then, whoah, does Clinton ever get rolling.

I remember the first time I saw him speak. It was on C-SPAN, actually, and I tell you, I have never been so riveted to channel 99. Unedited footage serves him well.

Anyway, by the end of this speech in Qatar he's telling stories with asides like, "I swear it's true!" and banging the podium.

Then, at the close, there's this --

How in the world could love be greater than faith? Because I see through a glass darkly and I know in part. Oh, I know we've got all the television in the world. We've got instantaneous communications. We've got science. We've sequenced the human genome. And we've got all these smart politicians. I'm telling you, in the end it all comes down to that. As long as you're prepared to admit you don't have the whole truth and somebody else might know something you need to know, we're going to do just fine. We just need to work at it.

-- which is the crux of so much. That's what journalism is all about, isn't it? We know so little, and must go seeking in the world for new pieces for our patchwork understanding.

"Wow, way to point out the one paragraph other than the first that everyone is sure to have already seen if they followed the link, Robin."

Shut up. No more blockquotes for you.

Posted by: Robin on March 11, 2004 at 12:11 AM
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