Bill Clinton made an epic speech at the DNC last night, officially nominating Barack Obama for president and doing what he does best: fire-blasting Democrats with his unique brand of charisma. Seriously—all these years later Slick Willie’s still got it. Watching him give a speech is like watching a “True Blood” vampire glamour an entire convention hall at once.
But he did more than just charm last night. In fact, his charm was maybe the least newsworthy thing about his speech. The real headline here is that he told the truth.
The piece de resistance of Clinton’s speech was a series of brags about Democrats’ accomplishments on the economy. The enormity of the claims immediately sent the fact-checkers to the books: For instance, he claimed that over the past 50 years Democratic administrations have created twice as many new jobs as Republican administrations. He claimed that Republicans quadrupled the national deficit in the twelve years before he took office and doubled it in the eight years after. He boasted that 4.5 million private sector jobs have been created on Obama’s watch, and stated Romney’s economic plan would require either middle-class tax increases, crippling spending cuts or higher deficits.
Bloomberg, hardly a liberal-biased organization, crunched the numbers on all these claims and found they are all true.
For a man who seemed to have cemented his reputation as a liar by stating on camera, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” one can’t help but see last night as something of a redemption. Especially given the egregious lies the GOP spouted at last week’s RNC.
Clinton can charm with the best of them—that’s old news. Making compelling arguments by telling the truth? In this election cycle, that’s major. Watch the full speech below.