CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Former President Bill Clinton not only ad-libbed major pieces of his Democratic National Convention speech, he wrote it himself.
Former Clinton speech writer Michael Walden told Whispers that Clinton scribbled the original speech on an ordinary yellow notepad.
Even after being loaded into the teleprompter, Clinton reintroduced some of the lines that had been edited out.
"Things that were written that were cut out, wound up being said anyway," Walden says. "I think he knows what he is doing."
Walden says the former president's stunt can only be described one way: "Classic Clinton."
"It's like seeing Springsteen at the Meadowlands. This is his venue," Walden says.
Clinton has had a major speaking role in every convention since 1988, with some orations earning more praise than others.
In 1988, Clinton spoke so long that the biggest applause line of the night was "and in conclusion."
And in 2008, shortly after wife Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination, few of his lines were improvised.
Wednesday's speech was far from those previous speeches. Clinton fed off of the crowd's energy, executed his showmanship and explained complex policies that made him beloved by the American electorate.
"The speech was so respectful of people at home," Walden says. "LIke assuming that you can talk to them and use numbers and that they would stick with it."
Clinton's defense of President Barack Obama ran longer than expected, but Walden says that only helps his popularity.
"Every time he gave a big speech as president, everyone said 'It's too long, it's too long, it's too long. It's too full of policy. It was a bomb," Walden says. "Then the polls came out and the public loved it."