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Aug 28, 2008

Our Man On The Floor: That Old Bill Clinton

I couldn't say it better than Digby:

I know that it is fashionable among the cognoscenti to hate Bill Clinton, it has been since he came on the scene. But rank and file Democrats still love him and they were happy to see him tonight. Like Hillary, he's the ultimate pro, and he has a legacy to protect and a wife who is one of the most important people in Democratic politics still. There was never any chance he and Hillary would replay 1980. It's never been their style.

He did something important tonight by reminding Americans that he too was derided in 1992 as being too young and too inexperienced to be commander in chief, which to all but a few die hard wingnuts, looks pretty ridiculous in retrospect. In doing that he laid the mantle of his own credibility as president on Obama, which despite the cable babblers who've never gotten it, is substantial to the American public.

I hear that he's going to be campaigning alongside Barack in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania and that's smart. Say what you will about him, he's still a helluva politician. 

The first two slides by the incomparable Alan Chin cover most of Digby's point. Clinton's eagerness and electricity radiates right through the battery of secret service. Shots 3, 4 and 5, however, really reveals the full spectrum of Clinton's political personality.  In the third shot, we see his characteristic finger.  But it's instructive rather than admonishing.  In the next frame, we see a side of Clinton that has been painfully absent (and almost forgotten) since Lewinsky -- that gregariousness and playfulness. 

In the last shot, though, Bill's expression is one that can't really be acted.  And, it's is the image the Democrats and Obama really needed from Clinton last night: simply the look of joy.

Welcome Digby readers. Go here to check out our full convention coverage from Denver

(Images © Alan Chin.  Denver. 2008)


ref : “And then, in place of the white background and the proclamation of a title, [he] floats ominously in the dark...

Hey, Michael ~ what's with all the Schwarze Szene ?

YouTube => Good Day, Sunshine (^_^)

...i thought you and Alan were Democrats??

Cronauer (to SgtMaj Dickerson): "You're in more dire need of a blow job than any white man in history!"

I can't find the photos you're talking about.

I can't get any of the photos. Where is this flash object???

the photos aren't there.

The idea that the Clintons are on board is "the biggest fairy tale I've ever heard. Give. me. a. break." If it were so, Bill Clinton would not have left the day before Obama gave his acceptance. He's the only major figure who has done so. He absolutely couldn't stand to see it -- how much more unbearable would be an Obama inauguration?

I enjoyed viewing all of Alan's photos, but especially these of Clinton. Alan seems to have captured every iconic Clinton expression. In each photo, I can almost guess what he is saying. Very well done, indeed!

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