Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together

Former President Bill Clinton made his first appearance in the 2012 campaign election sharing the stage with current President Barack Obama. The President who held office for two terms himself campaigned for fellow Democrat Obama, who is running for re-election. Bill Clinton helped raise 2 million dollars in a night for the campaign.

The white haired Clinton was his usual self and sported a smile while addressing a gathering of over 500 Obama supporters outside the Virginia home of his friend and Democratic adviser Terry McAuliffe.

Clinton commended Obama for his efforts; he was more than gracious to the man who beat his wife to the Democratic President nomination in the 2008 election. Clinton’s support could be extremely crucial for Obama considering the fact that his economic policies have been branded populist rather than being shrewd policy making. The ever growing fiscal deficit has also done no favors to the current president.

Clinton was at the helm during one of the most prosperous times in recent US history. Obama acknowledged that, when he said “I didn’t run for president simply to get back to where we were in 2007. I didn’t run for president simply to restore the status quo before the financial crisis. I ran for president because we had lost our way since Bill Clinton was done being president,”

Clinton applauded Obama’s efforts in healthcare, clean energy promotion and student loan reform, and argued that employment levels were rebounding quickly from the financial and mortgage crises that took hold before Obama took office.

“Look, the man’s not Houdini, all he can do is beat the clock. He’s beating the clock,” he said, comparing the pace of recovery to Japan’s extended weakness after its own crisis. “The last thing you want to do is to turn around and embrace the policies that got us into trouble in the first place.”

Both Obama and Clinton refrained from taking on Mitt Romney or the Republicans during the event, however when it came to foreign policy he had different views. He said Hilary Clinton and he had been working hard for more than three and half years to clean up the mess, referring to the previous Bush regime.

Bill Clinton’s recommendation comes at the right time for Obama in the run up to the November 6election, we’ll have to wait and see about the impact in terms of votes.

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