President Clinton's 'magic' never left, just matured
Eager to catch the former president on camera, many in the crowd whipped out their phones as he stepped on stage. Supporters boomed as former President Clinton said he was "very grateful to the people of South Carolina."
Volunteers handed out Hillary Clinton stickers as supporters filed into the gym. However, Sandy Joye of Columbia took it upon herself to come fully decorated.
Lonnie Randolph, Jr., center, president of the South Carolina NAACP, complimented President Clinton's speech, saying he's a "good speaker and a great motivator." Randolph was among the 815 people in attendance Wednesday night at the Clinton rally.
By Colin Demarest
McFadden didn’t need to be persuaded to cast her vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Feb. 27 South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary.
“I love everything Clinton,” McFadden said. “And Bill still has it.”
The former President took to the stage at Allen University with a round of applause and a wave, flashing a smile that looked energetic and charismatic. With the approach of South Carolina’s primary, Clinton came to Columbia to assure his wife’s supporters and lock in votes.
Hillary Clinton aims to lock down South Carolina after a narrow victory in the Iowa caucus against her closest competitor, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. She lost the state in 2008 to Barack Obama, a key win on his way to capturing the White House.
The former president – known for his confident, emotional speeches – addressed the crowd in a more mature, storyteller way Wednesday night.
And the crowd loved it.
McFadden, a woman who says she “prospered under Bill,” cheered as President Clinton wove his way from his early days in Arkansas to the tragedy in San Bernardino.
“Economically and educationally I did well,” said McFadden, who was a “young, single mom raising a child” on her own during Clinton’s two-term presidency.
James Page, who described Clinton as a “white Obama,” appreciated the fact that Clinton came from a modest background. He also thinks President Clinton never lost his touch.
“He made people who thought they didn’t matter, matter,” Page said. “Today, he still has that magic.”
President Clinton has been campaigning across the country to shore up support for his wife. Although Hillary is currently the South Carolina front-runner, Bill made sure to reinforce base voters.
Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr., president of the South Carolina NAACP, praised President Clinton and his stage presence.
Comparing Clinton to a popular soda, Randolph said President Clinton is, and always has been, energetic.
“Caffeine – Canada Dry never had that and never will,” he said. “Bill’s the opposite.”