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Surrogate-in-chief Clinton lends big hand for Obama

‘The secretary of explaining stuff ’ hits stage in N.H.

For Democratic political junkies, Sunday morning’s event in Concord, N.H., will provide a rare moment — two presidents of the United States, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, speaking on the same stage. It’s like a rock ’n’ roll fan attending a Beatles concert, with the Rolling Stones as the opening act.

Of all the non-family surrogates in this presidential campaign, perhaps none has worked as effectively for either candidate as Clinton. At age 66, he has been soldiering through three and sometimes four enthusiastic stump speeches a day on behalf of a man with whom he has a political history so complicated it would be hard to imagine were it not true.

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