Bill Clinton Tees Up "Lincoln" at Globes

"That was Hillary Clinton's husband!"

By Scott Ross
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 2:56 PM CDT
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Former President Bill Clinton helped honor "Lincoln" at the 2013 Golden Globes.

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Clinton "Unforgettable" at Globes

Backstage at the Golden Globes, Daniel Day-Lewis reflects on having former President Bill Clinton introduce the film "Lincoln." Day-Lewis won the Golden Globe for leading actor in a motion picture, drama.
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It's not too often a former president helps present at Hollywood awards show.

Former President Bill Clinton came to the Golden Globes Sunday to present a montage honoring "Lincoln," one of the nominees Best Motion Picture Drama.

Clinton, whose profile and popularity enjoyed a huge boost following his speech at the 2012 Democratic Convention, took the stage to set up the clip.

"A tough fight. To push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives....Winning required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issues. I wouldn't know anything about that," the former president said with his trademark sly grin.

"President Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise.

"This brilliant film shows us how he did it, and gives us hope that we can do it again. In 'Lincoln' we see a man more interesting than the legend, and a far better guide for future presidents. Every hard-fought effort to protect our union has demanded the same sane combination of steely resolve and necessary compromises that Lincoln mastered to preserve the union and end slavery. We're all here tonight because he did it."

After the footage from "Lincoln" ran, co-host Amy Poehler rushed back out on stage and exclaimed, "What an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton's husband! That was exciting. That was exciting."

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