So last night’s tour-de-force speech by former President Bill Clinton really boils down to one simple argument about the current president, Barack Obama, and his place in modern American history.
“No president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years,” Mr. Clinton said.
In other words, be patient, remember the crisis that Obama confronted, remember who played a big role in creating the mess, and don’t judge his performance by the usual yardstick.
I suspect that Clinton is right that the election will hinge on Americans’ willingness to buy this argument.
So what do you think? Did Obama make a terrible situation significantly better? Did he bungle the recovery? Somewhere in between? How will this issue shape your vote in November?