Governor Bill Clinton endorsing Mike Dukakis at the 1988 DNC [FULL]





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Published on Sep 5, 2012

The somewhat obscure and unknown Arkasas Governor nominates Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for Democratic nominee for President. Clinton knows that this is his chance to boost his career into the national spotlight, so he must do his best.

The speech was a disaster, boring, and lasted over 2x the time allotted. The impatient crowd chants "We want Mike" and "Duke! Duke! Duke!" at various points and even boos at points towards the end of the speech. Clinton just kept going on and on and on, which Clinton later described it felt like he was "falling on his own sword". The crowd cheers as soon as Gov. Clinton says "In closing" to wrap up the speech.

Clinton knew immediately the speech was a disaster and took advantage of the failure by making an appearance on the Johnny Carson show to talk about the incident in a whimsical manor. Some predicted it would ruin his political career, a source of much satisfaction to him 4 years later when he was elected the 42nd President of the United States.

I could not find this video on YouTube so I took the liberty of uploading it from my collection. This is history and it should be preserved. Hope you enjoy this little gem of history as much as I do. :)


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