Bill Clinton spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday night.
“I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside,” Clinton said. “I want Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States.”
“No president, not me or any of my predecessors, could have repaired all the damage in just four years,” he said on the DNC stage.
His speech sparked numerous standing ovations from the audience, which included his daughter Chelsea Clinton, actor-turned-politician Al Franken, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Social media users were all a-Twitter when Clinton made a bold remark: “Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right seems to hate our president and other Democrats.”
It was around that time that the Twitter Government & Politics team @Gov reported that #DNC2012 and related messages passed five million tweets — more than the Republican National Convention’s three-day total.
At the end of Clinton’s speech, Pres. Obama appeared on stage next to Clinton and hugged him. The crowd roared in approval, as the pair previously had a tense relationship when Obama won the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 over his wife, Hilary Rodham Clinton.
Obama will formally accept the Democratic nomination on Thursday night in his late-night address.