8:55 am Sep. 6, 2012
Bill Clinton's convention speech last night contained a detailed defense of Barack Obama's policies and a forceful rebuttal of his Republican opponents' criticisms.
It was arguably the most effectively articulated piece of advocacy for the Obama agenda to date, confirming Clinton's unique value as a champion of the Democratic Party.
The speech was a long time in the making, as Ryan Lizza pointed out in the New Yorker. It is also the culmination of a turnaround for Obama, who initially campaigned for president as a sort of Democratic antidote to the Clinton political era, before recruiting Hillary to be his secretary of state and finally, unreservedly, embracing Bill.
"No president—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."—Bill Clinton
In yesterday's Briefing, I mistakenly reported that Councilman Lew Fidler announced he had leukemia, when in fact he said that a leukemia diagnosis he initially received from doctors was inaccurate. As he wrote on Facebook, "I intend to live a vigorous life for many, many years to come."
8:15 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott after they greet students, parents and faculty to the first day of school, at the School at New Settlement Campus at 1501 Jermoe Ave. between East 172nd St. and Goble Place in the Bronx.
10 a.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer attends the grand opening for Iconic UWS Store "Harry's Shoes”, at 2299 Broadway at West 83rd St. in Manhattan.
10:45 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the New York delegation at the Doubletree Hotel, 6300 Morrison Blvd. in Charlotte.
3 p.m. Brewer distributes farm fresh food bags to seniors participating in her Westside Senior Supported Agriculture Food Bag Program at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. in Manhattan.
5:45 p.m. Bloomberg attends Fashion's Night Out with Diane von Furstenberg at 874 Washington St. at West 14th St. in Manhattan.
"[Bill Clinton] laid out a case that each of Mr. Obama’s initiatives had met the Republican litmus test: leaving Americans better than four years ago." [Jeff Zeleny and Mark Landler]
"He fed the audience a string of statistics — about job creation and health care reform and Medicare and Medicaid — so smoothly that no one seemed to notice they were listening to an unusually policy-focused speech." [Andrew Rosenthal]
A series of job-creation figures Clinton cited for Republican and Democratic presidents "appears to be true." [Michael Cooper, Scott Shane and Annie Lowrey]
Clinton went off-script several times. [Jimmy Vielkind]
"The speech was deemed so important to Obama's election prospects that convention planners delayed his formal nomination to a second term until Clinton had finished speaking." [AP]
"Ten percent of America is left in play and he spoke directly to them," a Democratic strategist said. [Jonathan Lemire]
"Voters should ask themselves — and their leaders — how to keep this and future generations better off." [New York Times]
Mitt Romney is preparing for the debates in a secluded part of Vermont where his presence makes the local news (as does a wild boar attack). [Jeremy Peters]
"One of the unremarked-upon factoids in recent political history is that the last two Democratic presidents both had their careers underwritten by lawyer spouses who served as the chief family wage-earners." [Gail Collins]
While excluded from the convention, City Comptroller John Liu makes the best of things during a business trip to Seoul and Taipei. [Su Hyun Lee and David Chen]
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott promised more outreach to public school parents. [Rachel Monahan, Corninne Lestch and Ben Chapman]
The Hunts Point Produce Market said they are "discontinuing the exclusive negotiations" with the city about staying in their current location because they're unhappy with treatment they get from the Business Integrity Commission. [Charles Bagli]
Republicans are making Vito Lopez a campaign issue against Democrats. [Thomas Kaplan]
An editorial board is glad State Attoreny General Eric Schneidemran is looking at the tax strategies of private equity firms. [New York Times]
Why Cuomo isn't risking anything to get Obama re-elected. [Blake Zeff]
Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand objected to the initial Democratic Party platform, which didn't include language about Jerusalem. [Reid Pillifant]
The NYPD has apparently stationed a car and officers outside the News Corp. headquarters in Manhattan. [Azi Paybarah]
The M.T.A. will upgrade train cars on the No. 7 line by swapping them for out for train cars currently running along Lexington Avenue. [Dana Rubinstein]
Bill Clinton's speech in Charlotte. [C-SPAN]
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