On Facebook, Clinton's speech more popular than NFL kickoff game
September 6th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
11 years ago

On Facebook, Clinton's speech more popular than NFL kickoff game

(CNN) – President Clinton took the ball and ran with it last night, and Facebook has the numbers to prove it.

Even though the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants in last night's NFL season opener, it was the former president who garnered the most attention on Facebook. According to data provided to CNN from Facebook, Bill Clinton got more mentions on the site than the terms "Cowboys," "Giants," "football," and "Romo," the Cowboy's starting quarterback.

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Normally, the vice-presidential running-mate speaks the night before the presidential candidate accepts the party's nomination, but because of concerns that Vice President Joe Biden's speech would be overshadowed by the game, convention organizers scheduled his address for Thursday night for maximum exposure.

Facebook's numbers show that the worrying was for naught, because Clinton's speech proved to be an effective attention getter on Facebook.

Clinton's 48-minute address received the highest level of political buzz across both conventions with only one night to go. Compared to the previous hours, mentions of Clinton increased by 9,800%.

Clinton's use of the word "arithmetic" to explain how he delivered four surplus budgets as President also gained buzz, jumping 41,210% on Facebook.

Barack Obama was the second most talked about political figure last night, followed by Mitt Romney, Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren, according to the data.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Democratic National Convention • Facebook
soundoff (28 Responses)

    I missed my Giants lose last night because I was watching Clinton. That's how good this convention has been.

    September 6, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. DJ

    Yes, but more people saw the game then Clinton speaking

    September 6, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. ScarletRogue

    Really? Your man got pounded on TV. In case you don't know, football is watched on large TV screens. Not facebook. Nice try, though.

    September 6, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. gt

    some people need to get a life.....watching the convention ....must of had rabbit ears on there tv...

    September 6, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Fortinbras

    How did the God and Jerusalem vote rate. Thats so earth shatteringly important, you know.

    September 6, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. BlkPwr817

    Wait a minute, the NFL season kicked-off lastnight? I pretty sure many of those players & coaches wouldv'e wanted to watch the DNC along with the rest of America.

    September 6, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. kayla

    the more they hate on the president the more he soars

    September 6, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. myviewis

    President Clinton worked very hard to safe Obama his job of president. Gotta admire Clinton, a very forgiving person after all the nasty stuff Obama said about Hillary in 2008.

    September 6, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. n

    President Clinton was great, he had a great speach, he was a great president. President Clinton will help president Obama win 2nd term easily.

    September 6, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. AL in West Palm Beach, FL

    You'd have to the @Paul Ryan's #brass not to watch Clinton's speech last night. Talk about taking the other guy to school.

    September 6, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. tv22

    How about the ratings? There were more viewers of the game.

    September 6, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Clinton put out more information than all speakers combined in the Republican Convention. Romney didn't give Americans a single specific on how he plans to pay for anything. Zip!

    Clinton made it perfectly clear the Democratic Platform meant survival of the middle class and hope for the poor. His speech also made it obvious the Republicans only plan to trash Medicare, give the wealthy a tax break even bigger than the Bush tax cuts, and hand-over Social Security to Wall Street. Thats it... that's the Republican "vision". They said nothing in their conventions because they don't want Americans to understand their intentions – just like their tax returns.

    September 6, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Matt Lundgren

    You iddiotts. Cowboys and Giants are just 2 NFL teams. Their fan base represents 1/16th of the male football fan population. Clinton represents 1 of 2 or 50% of the political parties.

    He better have done better or it would have meant curtains for the Democrats.

    September 6, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Derek McDade

    What you jelious... Clinton got paid for every word he said..he didnt even belive what he was saying.. he aint no better... than that african in the white house......your a f in idiot... your a coward.. why
    do you wish you were black too... f in comi

    September 6, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. PaulC

    Great speech. Not a lie in the lot and the Dem. position should be crystal clear to even the most obtuse.
    The hard right will poo poo it but their heart will not be in it.

    September 6, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. demwit

    Ironically, Facebook, much like Obama, also over promised its value to blind and ignorant followers.

    September 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. FedUp

    His speech was pretty good. Guess his beating in the woodshed helped. Gotta toe the party line there, Mr. Clinton.

    September 6, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. txtriathlete1967

    By all means, let's use Facebook as the bellwether of popularity... I think when the TV numbers come in, we'll see that the NFL game trounced the DNC/Clinton speech. It's not as if we didn't know what Clinton was going to say...

    September 6, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. jerrylax

    now maybe the clintons will go away...history will show us the horrible damage they have caused to this country and the democrat party... we need adult leadership.

    September 6, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Excoastie

    I would compare President Clinton's speech last night to the way I felt when Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) hit the home run into the light standard in the movie "The Natural", I wanted to stand in front of my television and cheer!!!

    September 6, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. AnnsTheMan!

    It's kinda funny... Mitt got beaten out by Honey Boo Boo, and Clinton Beats out Romo and friends...

    September 6, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. beevee

    President Clinton's speech was simply awesome. He dispelled all the doubt, by putting it in very understandable language, about president Obama's healthcare plan and funding for medicare which Mr. Romney's goons sowed in voters' mind by twisting facts and figures. Now it is time to begin bashing the lying twins Romney and Ryan.

    September 6, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    King of speech gave the speech last night

    September 6, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    Bill Clinton did a fabulous job last night but so has everyone else. I'm glad he was "able" to say ALL the things the president can't, for fear of looking like "an angry black man" in the eyes of some people. The truth was told about this awful party (republicans), and they will never be able to regain their footing on the American people.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 6, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Tax Dodger Mitt

    Clinton gave an excellent speech filled with substance and truth. Republicans are mad b/c more people tuned into Honey Boo Boo then the RNC convention. Definitely not a good sign since the characters on the show reflect most of their base.

    September 6, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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