A gathering of Democratic Party faithful was clearly divided, many of them looking wistfully back at the success of the Clinton era, but the former president has urged them to look ahead.
"We need to brand ourselves better, too. Many voters didn't know why we were Democrats except that we were against the president's policies," said former President Clinton.
He also had kind words for John Kerry, whose loss in November prompted this most recent round of Democratic hand wringing. He also presented a message of hope.
"I want to make it clear that this great party of ours doesn't need a makeover and I am convinced of the grassroots building efforts we made," said Sen. John Kerry.
Kerry's primary challenger, Howard Dean, will be formally elected Saturday to head the Democratic National Committee, a choice that has left some in the party uneasy.
Dean is best known to voters outside the party as the screaming candidate of the Iowa caucuses, but some in the party are concerned that his positions on the issues are too far left of center.
"He will have to appeal to the center in the party," said Mark Halperin, ABC News political director.