Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, made a case for re-electing President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, but many people reacted to his opinion on first lady Michelle Obama more than his take on Obama's policies.
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Clinton, 66, included the first lady in his speech as one reason to nominate the president as the Democratic Party's representative that will potentially lead the country once again.
"I want to nominate a man cool on the outside but burning for America on the inside. A man who believes we can build a new American Dream economy driven by innovation and creativity, education and cooperation," Clinton told a packed audience in Charlotte. "A man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama."
Although Clinton spoke about the economy, healthcare and Republican candidate Mitt Romney's plans for the country, many people agreed with the former president's comments about the first lady.
"I couldn't have agreed more Bill! #obama #dnc2012," one person tweeted after re-tweeting Clinton's comment about the first lady.
However, others thought Clinton was being flirtatious with the first lady by mentioning her in his speech.
"Leave it to Bill Clinton to somehow find a way to flirt with Michelle Obama during a speech," another person tweeted.
Some people poked fun at Clinton's comments in light of scandals involving alleged infidelities that were made public during his presidency.
"Bill Clinton proud of @BarackObama for choosing Michelle," one person tweeted. "Obama proud of Bill for choosing Monica, Paula, Kathleen and Juanita #forward2012."
Still, others thought that Clinton's decision to point out the president's sound decision in marrying the first lady was hilarious.
"Bill Clinton last night hahaha he basically hit on Michelle Obama hahaha," the person wrote.
While Clinton made people laugh during his speech, he also made it clear that his job was to speak in favor of re-electing Obama.
"If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama," Clinton told the American public watching the convention.
Despite the mixed reactions sparked by Clinton's comments concerning the president's wife, many people lauded the former president's speech in conjunction with Michelle Obama's remarks on Tuesday night.
"First Lady Michelle Obama brought tears to our eyes and Bill Clinton opened our eyes wider," one person tweeted after Clinton's speech which came one day after Michelle Obama's.
Another person thought both the first lady and former president were a reflection of the current president's smart choice of speakers.
"First Michelle Obama, then Bill Clinton's speech," the person tweeted. "Barack has the best speakers I have probably EVER seen. #DNC"
Barack Obama will close out the Democratic National Convention with his own speech on Thursday night and officially accept his party's nomination.