Former President Bill Clinton rocked the house last night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Thousands gave multiple standing ovations during Clinton’s almost 50 minute- long speech that is being regarded by some as one of the best convention speeches of all time. This came just one night after First Lady Michelle Obama gave an incredibly amazing and powerful speech. Tonight, the final speech of the DNC will take place. And the speaker is President Barack Obama.
But, will President Obama match the excitement from President Clinton’s long, powerful … conversation? I call it a conversation because that’s exactly what it was. Bill Clinton’s speaking style is to not just speak, but to have an interactive discussion with the audience regarding actual details of policies. Clinton said “listen up” or “this is serious” numerous times last night before invalidating claims by the opposing GOP campaign. One who is giving a speech to an audience doesn’t do that. President Obama doesn’t do that, at least during a formal speech. It’s the former president’s personal style. And it worked.
It’s a story that hasn’t made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one. – Barack Obama, A More Perfect Union
He will form his words into a train of poetic movement and flow. He will speak softly, raise his voice and pause with perfect timing. Without getting into the wonky policy talk, he’ll produce his record in a less arrogant manor than Mitt Romney. He’s personable. He’s eloquent. He’s going to, for the third night in a row, energize the Democratic base and lead his party through the last, most intense leg of this election year.