Former President Bill Clinton delivering his speech at the DNC in Charlotte, N.C. Wednesday night.

Bill Clinton arrived onstage at the Democratic National Convention as master explainer and policy clarifier, party morale booster, voice of experience, earnest economics instructor, hoarse whisperer to the middle class and empathetic testifier for President Obama.

Here strode Bill Clinton onto the national convention stage once again, the Democratic man for all reasons.

It was at Obama’s request that Clinton gave the nominating speech, and in gratitude, in what was more a surprisingly modest gesture than a grand moment, the two men stood arm in arm onstage when Clinton was done. If they were not exactly basking in the glow of a deep friendship, there was at least the sense that Clinton had done precisely what he was asked to do in a way that only he could do it.
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