"A former president who is very popular who can explain about the policies and the parallel tracks the two presidents have had in the sense of investing in education, investing in research and development, alternative energy and green energy and a responsible way of balancing the budget," Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations said today on "Good Morning America."
"I think he can do nothing but help and the notion that Newt is going to give our party strategic advice, no thank you," he said.
Clinton, whose administration was marred by a sex scandal and impeachment trial, is more popular today than most public officials.
Democrats hope that popularity will rub off on Obama, who according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, has the lowest favorability rating of any incumbent president entering a convention.
Throughout the evening, party loyalists and leaders addressed the convention in support of President Obama.
"To those like Mitt Romney who want to take us backwards, let's send a strong message in November: as we say in Brooklyn, "Fuhgeddaboutit," said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to cheers.
Just before Clinton spoke Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren addressed the convention, evoking the memory of Ted Kennedy and hammering the key idea that Obama will be better for the middle class.
"Let me ask you... Are you ready to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class? Are you ready to work for a level playing field? Are you ready to prove to another generation of Americans that we can build a better country and a newer world," she asked.
The convention met with brief controversy this afternoon. A vote was taken to amend the party platform with language that affirmed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and included the word "God." The original platform did not contain that language. The change was made by voice vote.