If you give Bill Clinton a microphone you may not get it back, television audiences can now attest. Bubba brought that Clintonian charm to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, winding up the crowd with an epic 50-minute speech in support of President Obama. He went over his allotted time, oh, by about 20 minutes. (Somewhere a producer was having a panic attack).
The TelePrompTer operator had their work cut out for them as the former president went off script numerous times, rewriting his own words on the fly and adding in personal anecdotes of his days in office.
Wonky at times in his case for Obama’s re-election, he managed to subtly jab the Romney-Ryan ticket along the way. After suggesting Republican vice presidential pick Paul Ryan has been hypocritical in his attacks on Obama’s Medicare policy, Clinton said off the cuff, “It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.” Boom.
Check out the comparison between his prepared remarks and the lines he actually delivered — all those rewrites are shown in red.