Brit Hume: Obama's "distress call" to Bill Clinton

Seeing as how President Obama’s economic strategies have most definitely not worked, the Democrats are bringing out former President Bill Clinton for a prime-time speaking slot at their national convention — presumably so he can tout his “Hey, I’m a Democrat and we had balanced budgets and a robust economy during my tenure, ergo I have authority on the economy issue and I’m for Obama!” credentials.

Democratic party officials tell CNN and other outlets that Bill Clinton will be given a key, prime-time slot during this summer’s Democratic National Convention to make a forceful defense of President Obama’s economic policies at a time when the national unemployment rate is hovering around 8 percent.

Sources tell the Associated Press that Obama personally asked Clinton to speak at the convention and to place Obama’s name in nomination, an offer the former president enthusiastically accepted. Clinton’s expected to take center stage in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, the third day of the four-day convention.

Democrats are putting on a good show of being excited about the decision and trumpeting Clinton’s economic wisdom, but this is yet another carefully coordinated move to avoid talking about the actual results of the Obama administration’s actual policies by focusing on former glory and future prospects — but Fox News’ Brit Hume is calling this one like he sees it. I don’t really even feel the need to add anything. Real talk:


The convention role being given Bill Clinton is proof that President Obama is in deep trouble and he and his political handlers know it….

Add to that the Rasmussen survey in which voters by 62 percent to 30 said economic growth was more important to them than economic fairness. Fairness, of course, is a major theme of Mr. Obama and his party. With his attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record and his repeated and unsubtle appeals to elements of his party’s base, Mr. Obama is clearly shooting for a big Democratic turnout in November.

But Gallup reports that the number of Democrats who say they are more enthusiastic about voting this year is at 39 percent, down from 61 percent four years ago. 51 percent of Republicans, meanwhile, said they are more enthusiastic this year, that is up from 35 per cent in 2008.When you put all this together with the continuing bad news on the economy, you know why Mr. Obama is suddenly reaching out to Bill Clinton.

This is a distress call.