The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday September 6, 2012

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson, and Amanda VanAllen


ABC News' Sherisse Pham: " #Hillary2016 Tops Twitter Trends as Former President Bill Clinton Fires Up DNC Crowd" If people on Twitter had their way, Hillary Clinton would take one more crack at shattering America's highest glass ceiling. As President Bill Clinton took to the Democratic National Convention's main stage Wednesday night, the Twitter hash tag "#Hillary2016? briefly became the top trend on Twitter in the United States. LINK

The Hills' Bernie Becker and Jonathan Easley: " Democrats officially nominate Obama" President Obama officially - and unanimously - captured the Democratic nomination for president, in a vote that started late Wednesday evening and spilled all the way into Thursday morning. The roll call vote came directly after the president made a surprise appearance in the Time Warner Cable Arena, after former President Clinton gave Obama a lengthy nomination speech. LINK

The New York Daily News' Jonathan Lemire: " Rainy forecast pushes President Obama's DNC acceptance speech indoors" President Obama's crucial Thursday night acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention has been moved indoors due to dire weather forecasts. Obama was set to speak at the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium - and the move to a smaller venue will likely lead to scores of disappointed volunteers. LINK


ABC News' Russell Goldman: " President Obama Embraces Bill Clinton After Rousing Nomination" President Obama emerged from offstage to bear hug Bill Clinton at the Democratic National convention tonight moments after Clinton giving a rousing speech nominating Obama for reelection, calling the president a man who is "cool on the outside," but "burns for America on the inside." Once a political adversary, Bill Clinton tonight went to bat for the president, playing the dual parts of professor and preacher, firing up the crowd and explaining just how Obama has succeeded in working to fix a flailing economy. LINK

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny and Mark Landler: " Clinton Delivers Stirring Plea for Obama Second Term" Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama hugged onstage Wednesday night after Mr. Clinton delivered an impassioned plea on behalf of Mr. Obama's re-election, the 42nd president nominating the 44th to a second term with a forceful and spirited argument that Democratic values would restore the promise of the middle class. LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Philip Rucker: " Bill Clinton offers forceful defense of Obama's record" Former president Bill Clinton delivered a spirited defense of President Obama's handing of the nation's struggling economy here Wednesday night, criticizing the agenda and philosophy of Mitt Romney and accusing the Republican Party of ideological rigidity and an unwillingness to compromise. LINK

Politico's Maggie Haberman: " Bill's effective Obama embrace" Hurricane Bill made landfall here Wednesday night. Former President Clinton's stem-winder at the Time Warner Arena ran longer than his infamous 1988 convention keynote speech as he urged voters to give President Barack Obama a second chance in office. In classic Clinton style, the 48-minute nominating address frequently digressed from the script, the teleprompter freezing as the 42nd president ticked off statistics and improvised lines about Paul Ryan's "brass" and the signal his wife and Obama have sent about avoiding politics as a "bloodsport." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' David Lauter: " Clinton touts Obama and warns against Romney" Declaring that "America is better off" than it was when Barack Obama became president, former President Clinton lauded the record of his Democratic successor and skewered his Republican rival, depicting the choice before voters as one between "a winner-take-all, you're-on-your-own society" and a "we're-all-in-this-together society." His voice thinner and raspier but his oratorical gifts unchanged, Clinton delivered a 48-minute address that alternated between lengthy discussions of policy and partisan jabs leavened with humor and admonitions that "this is important, I want you to listen." LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Clinton returns to back Obama at DNC" Democrats rushed to clean up a party platform mess Wednesday and moved to officially re-nominate President Obama for a second term in office as his predecessor, former President Bill Clinton, said voters this year must choose between Republicans' "winner-take-all" vision of success and his own party's "shared prosperity." Mr. Clinton, who left office amid budget surpluses and a roaring economy, delivered a point-by-point rebuttal to Republicans' convention last week in Tampa, mixing deep policy talk with one-liners that had delegates here roaring with laughter. LINK

USA Today's Richard Wolf and David Jackson: " Analysis: Clinton argues the case for re-election" President Obama and his Republican opponents have fought to a draw for nearly four years over the best way to fix the economy. On Wednesday, Obama turned to the Democratic Party's explainer-in-chief to win the argument: Bill Clinton. The former president did what he does best. He made the case for a Democratic-style economic revival based on investments in individuals and innovation.

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler and Carole E. Lee: " Clinton Makes Case for Obama" Democrats led by former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing defense Wednesday of President Barack Obama and Democratic philosophies, promising to bring changes to an economic system they said was often stacked against the middle class. LINK


Bloomberg's Joshua Green: " Obama Adopts Message Of Realism In re-Election Campaign" For all their pageantry and excitement, the party conventions are among the most tightly scripted events in American politics. Yet surprises still happen. One of the biggest was Barack Obama's 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. On the morning of his speech, a headline in a Philadelphia newspaper read, "Who the Heck is This Guy?" A day later, his vision of a politics beyond party labels made Obama, then the Illinois Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, instantly famous. LINK


"Harry Reid Hits Mitt Romney on Tax Returns" LINK "Dems Treat Big-Money Backers Like Royalty" LINK


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