Clinton wows ’em @ Asheville HighBy
State Rep. Susan Fisher introducing President Clinton, Asheville High School, 3/29/2008
Love him or hate him, President Clinton knows how to deliver a speech. He’s a master at working a crowd even if he’s ultimately preaching to his own choir (reports have come in that several Obama supporters were denied entrance into the venue).
Anyway, the draw was irresistible – after a quick post-work disco nap, Mrs. Arratik and I grabbed some dinner and headed for Asheville High School to witness a rare Presidential visit to WNC. Thankfully, his speech was devoid of the mudslinging, race-baiting and trash-talking that characterized his earlier campaign appearances. Instead, he stayed focused on the “big issues” – among them the economy, health care, security, and energy – with a few humorous anecdotes and applause-fishing references to local landmarks thrown in for good measure.
Here’s Clinton’s speech in its entirety, which lasted a little more than an hour. Stream it here using the embedded player or download it, and tell us what you think!
I have a few more pictures from the evening that I’ll upload sometime tomorrow. Right now, I have some serious sleep debt I need to catch up on…