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Bill Clinton talks climate change and health care at CNE

In Bill Clinton, Climate Change, Global News, Health Care on August 30, 2009 at 3:14 am

The sun shines for Bill Clinton.

Bill in TorontoOr at least it did this afternoon, when the skies cleared in time for the former U.S. president to address an audience of almost 12,000 at BMO Field at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Clinton, who had just flown to Toronto from the Boston funeral of Edward Kennedy, opened his remarks with words of remembrance of the late senator.

“I knew him for more than 30 years,” said Clinton. “We worked together, sometimes we fought… but throughout it all I cherished my relationship with him because he proved that public service was an honourable way to live, and he gave his entire life to trying to make our country and the world a better place.”

The half-hour speech, tailored to a Canadian audience and bookended by standing ovations, ranged in terms of subject matter from climate change to the health care debate south of the border. Addressing the latter, Clinton did his level-headed best to explain the fervour at town halls throughout the U.S.

“If you look at America, you must wonder what in the world are my friends to the south thinking? Why don’t they just pass some bill? How could it be worse?”

Applause.

“A lot of you have American friends; you can help us with this,” he continued. “The money’s going somewhere, and the somewhere doesn’t want to give it up… You have to understand there’s a lot of economic incentive to keep things misunderstood and (people) full of fear.”

Clinton switched gears from austere to earnest and back again numerous times throughout the speech. At one point, he spent two minutes explaining his love for fairs, particularly given their place in the political circuit in Arkansas, the state he governed before becoming president.

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    BC garnered 2 standing ovations within 30 minutes at a speaking engagement in Canada attended by over 12,000 people hanging on his every word.

    Here is the thrust of the piece that may trigger a germane response from you to the article.

    “If you look at America, you must wonder what in the world are my friends to the south thinking? Why don’t they just pass some bill? How could it be worse?”

    Applause.

    “A lot of you have American friends; you can help us with this,” he continued. “The money’s going somewhere, and the somewhere doesn’t want to give it up… You have to understand there’s a lot of economic incentive to keep things misunderstood and (people) full of fear.”

  2. The schizoid climate change debate: Nothing could be “off topic”
    By Special K
    Disassociated Press
    August 24, 2009

    To a syndicated reporter
    Nothing constitutes more of a challenge, today,
    Than trying to make a modicum of sense re: the “ ‘meaning(s)’ of “climate change”
    From what folks in sundry media reports say.

    If perchance he should ever manage to do so
    He believes he’d earn a citation from Show Biz
    Analogous to that received by erstwhile Potus, WJC,
    For his commanding performance as “The Wizard of ‘Is”.

    At public speaking, Bill is indeed quite a whiz
    And puts on a good show on command
    Speaking always in Arkansas lingo
    That the hoi poloi thinks it can understand.

    But always, at the end of the day,
    If one examines what Bill has said
    In the hope of finding something of substance,
    S/he can only wonder at the (almost) total absence thereof
    while slowly scratching his/her head.

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