President Obama burst upon the national stage during his prime-time speech at the National Democratic Convention in Boston in 2004. After former president Bill Clinton’s masterpiece last night, Obama faces pressure to best his Boston performance.
Clinton set a very high bar.
The president does have one ace in his hand: Vice President Joe Biden. The pride of Scranton is known for dishing out a gaffe or two once in awhile. He talks right before the president. Comic relief?
Will Biden make the case for the president's re-election or set the groundwork for his own run in 2016? Beau Biden, Delaware’s attorney general and Joe’s son, said his dad is only focused on the race at hand. That should be taken with a grain of salt.
Joe has been a political player for 40 years. It’s not likely that he's just going to fade away. Think of the epic fight between Joe and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nod in 2016.
Following Bill Clinton’s address, CNN’s Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said: “This convention is done. This will be the moment that probably re-elected Barack Obama.” Obviously, that statement is a tad premature.
Obama could lock-up the election with a campaign promise that Bill Clinton would play a prominent role in his second administration. Would Bill take the Secretary of State job to succeed his wife? A less taxing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is more likely. There has been talk about Bill becoming the first American Secretary General of the United Nations. A very visible Bill would be a giant plus for Hillary’s presidential run. It also would be payback.
Think about it. Bill and Hillary Clinton -- ruling the world as leaders of the U.N. and U.S. -- would be the ultimate power couple.
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