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9:14 PM, Aug 27, 2008 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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President Clinton seems willing to put his arms around Obama in a way Hillary wasn't. He actually does say that Obama is ready to be president and defender of the Constitution (though not, interestingly, commander-in-chief). And he mounts a short defense of Obama by saying that in 1992 he, too, was charged with not being experienced enough for the job.

But still. It remains true that nothing either of the Clintons said about Obama wouldn't be equally applicable to any other nominee. The only Obama-specific recommendation President Clinton makes is that "His family heritage and life experience have given him a unique capacity to lead our increasingly diverse nation and restore our leadership in an ever more interdependent world."

One other note: Earlier the Democrats wheeled out Michele S. Jones, who gave the angriest speech of the convention. In addition to the tone being somewhat off-putting, Jones included this strange line: "America's service men and women need a president and a commander-in-chief with the courage to serve, the gift to lead and the ability to get things done." She's not exactly pointing to Obama's strengths.