President Bill Clinton performs what it appears to be a heavily edited video for OFA with a script that pitches so vaguely and half-heartedly that it requires multiple reviews to confirm that there are are no magic tricks, it really is this dull:
“This election for me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment. This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and to go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place. President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in education, innovation and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class. That’s what happened when I was president. We need to keep goin’ with his plan."
Watching Bill Clinton's performance in repeat several times, the impression is that this is a less-than-excited endorsement, and that it has been edited to remain especially inexact. "President Obama has a plan" is not only vague about the future, it is oddly illogical, since Obama is president at this moment. If the president has a plan, is the plan extant? Is this present Groundhog Day slowdown the plan? And what does it mean, "...if there is a strong middle class?" Isn't the middle class strong now? Is there doubt in OFA? Odd, all odd. The general recommendations in the video are all Democratic poll-tested spin words that have lost all meaning over the twenty years that the Democrats have been shopping them, since the 1992 win: "education, innovation, and job training." None of this has any meaning for the future, since all of this is going on now, has always gone on, has been part of the Federal budget for the last 60 years. The vagueness of the short video may explain why Bill Clinton needed to be so heavily edited into short takes - cut, cut, cut. Bill Clinton is a mesmerist with political yarn-telling. The outtakes may show that Bill Clinton added substance and interpretation and cunning illustrations. Instead what is left are lobbed well-wishes: "We need to keep goin' with his plan." What plan is that, Mr.Clinton? Does Bill Clinton know? The light in Bill Clinton's eye is as dull as the script. It is true that a majority of American voters have a positive opinion of Mr. Clinton, however this is not about Bill Clinton's favorability. This is about Bill Clinton's theatricality.