FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
It was pretty easy to see last night why Bill Clinton was elected president. When he's on, there's nobody better.
The former president came out swinging, declaring that Obama is "ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world." He rather cleverly pointed out that when he was running in 1992, critics said the same things about him as they say about Obama. "Too young, too inexperienced." Clinton said those criticisms didn't work against him then, and they won't work against Obama now because "he is on the right side of history".
Like his wife, Clinton called on Hillary's 18 million supporters to vote for Obama. But he went even further than Hillary had, praising Obama's ability to inspire people, his intelligence and curiosity, his "clear grasp" of foreign policy, the strength he gained from the long primary season and his good judgment in choosing Joe Biden as his number two. And he did it all with a straight face.
Watch: Cafferty: Clintons deliver?
Bill Clinton ripped into John McCain, saying that after two terms of President Bush, "in this case, the third time is not the charm." Clinton cited a laundry list of Republican failures of the last 8 years, particularly the sinking image of America abroad: "People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of power".
With thousands of delegates waving American flags, it seems like party unity may have finally arrived. Hillary Clinton also made the symbolic move yesterday of stepping forward during the roll call to propose that Obama be declared the nominee by acclamation. So after months and months of bitterness and division…
Here’s my question to you: Did the Clintons deliver for Barack Obama?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Brian from Kingston, New York writes:
I’ve been an Obama supporter throughout the campaign, and Bill and Hillary reminded me this week why I liked them so much before the primaries. I don't know how persuasive they were to the hardcore Hillary holdouts, but they certainly redeemed themselves in my eyes.
Mary from Canton, Michigan writes:
Being from the battleground state of Michigan, I know no one generates more enthusiastic crowds than Bill Clinton when he visits Detroit and the metro area. With Bill and Hillary on board, it should be a slam-dunk for Obama. If Obama loses this election, it will definitely not be the fault of the Clintons. The division in the Democratic Party has been created by the media and the hierarchy of the party.
Ted from Beaverton, Oregon writes:
They delivered like the post office compared to overnight FEDEX, but they eventually did their jobs. Why did they need so much arm-twisting to get things done for their own party? I was ready for unity on day one of the convention, not when the Clintons stopped whining.
Gail from Centre, Alabama writes:
The Clintons have done what was expected of them, and a darn good job. It's now up to Obama to close the deal. There is not a thing he can say to get my vote; it's just not going to happen. I can't vote for a community organizer. Someone with the judgment he has plus no experience. I'm not willing to take that risk.
Bill from Quarryville, Pennsylvania writes:
I think there's nothing more the Clintons could have done for party unity than the speeches they have given the last two nights. By the way, Jack, I am now going to the shed and getting my snow shovels out. You had nice things to say about the Clintons two days in a row.
Kevin from Massachusetts writes:
Jack, I really don't know. I couldn't bring myself to watch. Hanna Montana was on the Disney Channel.