New York Times Bill Clinton Interview: Bill Clinton Says He Had It Worse Than Barack Obama, Yet “HE” Got Things Done.


 

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President Clinton in 1998. He and his aides have compared his effectiveness during his time in office versus President Obama’s. Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

President Clinton in 1998. He and his aides have compared his effectiveness during his time in office versus President Obama’s. Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

I will refrain from commenting on this garbage until the end of this New York Times piece…….

From The New York Times POLITICS:

 

Toxic Partisanship? Bill Clinton Says He Had It Worse, Yet Got Things Done

 

President Obama heads into midterm elections in which he may face crushing losses. He has been spurned by his own party, whose candidates do not even want to be seen with him. The president’s supporters say the toxic atmosphere in Washington has made it impossible for Mr. Obama to succeed.

But there is a counter view being offered by a former Democratic president that as far as personal attacks go, he, Bill Clinton, had it worse. “Nobody’s accused him of murder yet, as far as I know. I mean, it was pretty rough back then,” Mr. Clinton said last month in an interview aired by PBS, when asked about the partisan climate facing Mr. Obama.

Whatever Mr. Clinton’s motivations, his comments, which his former aides frequently refer to when the topic comes up, do not permit Mr. Obama to excuse his legislative setbacks by simply citing hyper-partisanship. As one former White House aide to Mr. Clinton put it: “They impeached our guy.”

The tumult of the Clinton years — including conspiracy theories about the death of Vincent W. Foster Jr., a deputy White House counsel and friend of the Clintons’ from Arkansas who committed suicide in 1993, the investigation into Whitewater, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment — has come back as Hillary Rodham Clinton inches toward a run for president in 2016.

 

When asked last month what the single biggest misconception about his presidency was, Mr. Clinton told Charlie Rose on PBS, “I think that most people underappreciate the level of extreme partisanship that took hold in ’94.”

Twenty years later, Mr. Clinton has devoted much of his energy to campaigning for Democrats who do not want to be associated with Mr. Obama. At frequent campaign stops across the country, the former president does not talk about who had it worse, but instead emphasizes that polarization and an inability to work together are the cause of the country’s problems.

“Every place in the world people take the time to work together, good things are happening,” Mr. Clinton said this week at a campaign stop in Hazard, Ky., for the Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Every place in the world where people spend all their time fighting each other and telling everybody how sorry they are, bad things happen.”

If Mr. Clinton does not explain on the campaign trail how bad things were for him, his Democratic supporters do.

“Everyone looks at Clinton in this hazy glow of, ‘He’s so wonderful,’ ” said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic strategist. “But when he was president, boy, were there a lot of people who went after him in a very personal, some would say dirty, way.”

Even Mr. Clinton’s old rival, Newt Gingrich, a former Republican speaker of the House, said people had a gauzy view of the Clinton years. “Everyone is doing the, ‘Gee, Newt and Bill got things done, why can’t Obama get anything done?’ routine,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Maybe it’s driving Bill nuts.”

The underlying implication is that Mr. Obama does not have it so rough. Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Clinton criticize the current president for being less able or willing than his Democratic predecessor to woo congressional Republicans.

 

Bill Clinton Talks About Partisanship

Mr. Clinton talked to Charlie Rose of PBS about the level of partisanship during his presidency compared with what President Obama is facing now.

Publish DateOctober 24, 2014. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

 

Trent Lott, the Mississippi Republican who served as Senate majority leader from 1996 to 2001, said Mr. Clinton was “affable” and “approachable,” even toward his political opponents.

“You could talk to him,” Mr. Lott said. “He was also willing to make a deal for the good of the country.” In contrast, he argued, Mr. Obama “has just walked away” — so if Mr. Clinton even tried to give the current president a pass, it “just won’t sell.”

Congressional Republicans, of course, have also refused to reach across the aisle and work with Mr. Obama the way they did in Mr. Lott’s era. The current Congress is on track to become one of the least legislatively productive in recent history. That is partly because Mr. Obama faces a far more polarized electorate than Mr. Clinton did.

Over the past 20 years, the number of Americans who hold extreme conservative or liberal views has doubled from 10 percent in 1994 to 21 percent in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. And the middle ground has shrunk, with 39 percent of Americans taking a roughly equal number of liberal and conservative positions, compared with 49 percent in 1994.

Mr. Clinton often talks about this polarization and says that while the partisan gridlock is worse today, and the American electorate is less willing to hear arguments it disagrees with, the attacks he faced were more personal than those Mr. Obama has experienced.

In a 2012 interview with The New York Times, Mr. Clinton mentioned the “murder” conspiracy theory in the 1990s, and said of Mr. Obama’s tenure: “Nobody has tried to bankrupt him with bogus investigations, so it’s not quite as bad. But the political impasse has gone on longer.”

“I will certainly not contradict the president I worked for when he argues that it was even more personal then,” said William A. Galston, a former policy adviser to Mr. Clinton. “But the polarization of our official political institutions and our political parties has become even more acute than in the Clinton days,” he added.

Mr. Clinton in 1996 with the House speaker, Newt Gingrich, left, and the Senate majority leader, Trent Lott. CreditJoe Marquette/Associated Press

 

That argument absolves Mr. Clinton of his own part in the scandals of the 1990s, several historians said. “They’re different situations because there were criminal allegations” against Mr. Clinton, said Ken Gormley, the author of “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr,”about the investigation led by Kenneth W. Starr.

President Obama has attracted a lot of attacks when it’s hard to point to something exactly he has done that warranted them,” Mr. Gormley added.

Some of the venom directed at Mr. Obama has a racial component that Mr. Clinton, a relatable white Southerner, never had to deal with, said Douglas G. Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University. “The Clintons created huge problems of their own making,” Mr. Brinkley added, while “Obama’s problem is that he bullheadedly pushed Obamacare, and he happens to be African-American.”

“You can’t get more personal than questioning a person’s veracity for where he was born,” said Mr. Galston, the former Clinton aide, referring to the “birther” conspiracy theories about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate.

Mr. Clinton’s reminders about how bitter things were in Washington when he was in the White House might not be the best message as Mrs. Clinton eyes an attempt at getting back there, as president herself this time.

Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has already seized on the Lewinsky scandal as a way to remind voters that the Clinton years were not just “peace and prosperity,” as Mrs. Clinton often characterized her husband’s presidency during her 2008 presidential campaign.

Mr. Clinton is not the only president who weathered harsh attacks. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, called former President George W. Bush a “liar” and a “loser,” and protesters depicted him as Hitler.

“Every president probably thinks he had it worse than all his predecessors,” said Kenneth L. Khachigian, a Republican strategist who served as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. “But,” he added, “those of us in the Nixon years would have gladly traded places with Bill Clinton’s White House.”

Sunday Dumbfuckery: Romney Would Win Popular Vote In Rematch Against Obama: CNN Poll. Yeah, When Snowballs Exist In Hell.


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Romney would win popular vote in rematch against Obama: CNN poll

 

By Jessica Chasmar The Washington Times

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney would win the popular vote if a rematch of the 2012 election against President Obama were held today, a CNN/ORC poll has revealed.

 

According to the poll, if the 2012 election were held again today, Romney would receive 53% of the popular vote, and Mr. Obama would receive 44%, CNN reported. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the actual election.

 

The poll said, however, that the former Massachusetts governor would lose against Hillary Clinton by double digits in a hypothetical election.

 

Mrs. Clinton would earn 55% of the vote, with Mr. Romney at 42%.

 

“Politically speaking, there is an interesting group of people who would not vote for Obama but would pick Clinton over Romney,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “It turns out that nearly seven in ten of them are women, and 56% are independents.”

 

The poll also indicated that Mrs. Clinton’s controversial remarks she made on her book tour, in which she said she and husband Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House, may have hurt her image.

 

The number that says that Mrs. Clinton shares their values dropped from 56% in March to 51% now, and the number that says she cares about people dropped from 56% to 53%, CNN reported.

 

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The New York Magazine Interview: Hillary Clinton


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Hillary in Midair

She’s learned from her mistakes. Three years before November 8, 2016, she’s working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy. But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring.

 

By Joe Hagan

 

For four years, Hillary Rodham Clinton flew around the world as President Barack Obama’s secretary of State, while her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, lived a parallel life of speeches and conferences in other hemispheres. They communicated almost entirely by phone. They were seldom on the same continent, let alone in the same house.

 

But this year, all that has changed: For the first time in decades, neither one is in elected office, or running for one. Both are working in the family business, in the newly renamed nonprofit that once bore only Bill’s name but is now called the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which will hold its annual conference in New York next week.

 

“We get to be at home together a lot more now than we used to in the last few years,” says Hillary Clinton. “We have a great time; we laugh at our dogs; we watch stupid movies; we take long walks; we go for a swim.

 

“You know,” she says, “just ordinary, everyday pleasures.”

 

In the world of the Clintons, of course, what constitutes ordinary and everyday has never been either. So the question was inevitable: Given who he is, and who she is, does Bill, among their guffaws over the dogs and stupid movies, harangue her daily about running for president?

 

To this, Hillary Rodham Clinton lets loose one of her loud, head-tilted-back laughs. “I don’t think even he is, you know, focused on that right now,” she says. “Right now, we’re trying to just have the best time we can have doin’ what we’re doin’. ”

 

There’s a weightlessness about Hillary Clinton these days. She’s in midair, launched from the State Department toward … what? For the first time since 1992, unencumbered by the demands of a national political campaign or public office, she is saddled only with expectations about what she’s going to do next. And she is clearly enjoying it.

 

“It feels great,” she says, “because I have been on this high wire for twenty years, and I was really yearning to just have more control over my time and my life, spend a lot of that time with my family and my friends, do things that I find relaxing and enjoyable, and return to the work that I had done for most of my life.”

 

Relaxing, for a Clinton, especially one who, should she decide to run, is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in 2016, does not seem exactly restful. The day before we speak, she was awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia—presented by Jeb Bush, another politician weighted with dynastic expectations and family intrigue, who took the opportunity to jest that both he and Clinton cared deeply about Americans—especially those in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

 

Afterward, Clinton stepped backstage, a red-white-and-blue ribbon around her neck pulled taut by a saucer-size gold medal. “It is reallyheavy,” she said, with that plain-home midwestern tone she deploys when she wants to not appear the heavy herself. In the room with her were some of her close advisers—Nick Merrill, a communications staffer and acolyte of Hillary’s suffering top aide, Huma Abedin; and Dan Schwerin, the 31-year-old speechwriter who wrote all the words she had spoken moments ago. Local policemen with whom Clinton had posed for photos milled about behind her.

 

Outside was the usual chorus accompanying a Clinton appearance, befitting her status as the most popular Democrat in America: news helicopters buzzing overhead and protesters amassed across the street who raised signs that read benghazi in bloodred paint and chanted antiwar slogans directly at her as she spoke at the outdoor lectern.

 

Though she was officially out of the government, it was not as if she could leave it, even if she wanted to. That week Clinton had met with Obama in the White House to discuss the ongoing Syria crisis, and now Obama was on TV that very evening announcing a diplomatic reprieve from a missile attack on Syria—a series of decisions that Clinton had lent her support to every step of the way. “I’ve been down this road with them,” she tells me the next day. “I know how challenging it is to ever get [the Russians] to a ‘yes’ that they actually execute on, but it can be done. I think we have to push hard.”

 

 

Clinton has taken a press hiatus since she left the State Department in January—“I’ve been successful at avoiding you ­people for many months now!” she says, laughing. She is tentative and careful, tiptoeing into every question, keenly aware that the lines she speaks will be read between. In our interview, she emphasizes her “personal friendship” with Obama, with whom she had developed a kind of bond of pragmatism and respect—one based on shared goals, both political and strategic. “I feel comfortable raising issues with him,” she says. “I had a very positive set of interactions, even when I disagreed, which obviously occurred, because obviously I have my own opinions, my own views.”

 

Read The Rest Of The Story.

 

Next: How being secretary of State was more than a job

 

 

Next: Why Clinton insisted on hiring her own staff.

 

 

Next: How Hillary used her tenure at State for a more intimate purpose.

 

 

Next: Her first major public stage since leaving the State Department.

 

 

Next: “There’s a danger there of her again becoming the front-runner.”

 

 

Next: Chelsea is now the chief Bill Clinton gatekeeper.

 

Thank you New Yorker Magazine.

 

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The Daily Word From Barack’s House: Brother Bill Explains “ObamaCares.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Former President Bill Clinton Explains the Affordable Care Act

 

Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton spoke about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act from Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

Click here to watch President Clinton’s full speech.

 

President Clinton’s Remarks on Health Care Policy and The Affordable Care Act

 

Published on Sep 5, 2013

On Wednesday, September 4, President Clinton delivered remarks from the Clinton Presidential Center on the critical role a high quality, affordable and accessible health care system plays in the United States and any country’s economic and social well being. Throughout his public career and now through the work of the Clinton Foundation, President Clinton has championed increasing access to health care and improving health systems for everyone.

 

 

 

President Obama Visits Sweden 

Yesterday, President Obama arrived in Stockholm for a brief visit ahead of the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg. His trip marks the first-ever bilateral visit by a U.S. President to Sweden.

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Innovating to Improve Disaster Response and Recovery

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and FEMA challenged a group of over 80 top innovators from around the country to come up with ways to improve disaster response and recovery efforts.

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President Obama Meets with Congressional Leaders on Syria

This week, President Obama met with Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria.

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White House Schedule – September 5, 2013

 

In the morning, the President will hold a meeting with the King and Queen of Sweden. There will be a pool spray after the meeting at the Royal Palace.

 

Afterwards, the President will depart Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia. The President’s departure from Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport as well as the arrival at Pulkovo International Airport is open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will host a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. There will be a travel pool spray at the top of the meeting.  Following this meeting, the President will take part in an official G-20 Arrival and Leaders Welcome. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the arrival.

 

Afterwards, the President will participate in G-20 Working Session One. The working session is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President will participate in a G-20 working dinner. This working dinner is closed press. There will be pre-set pool coverage of the arrival at the dinner.

 

The President will remain overnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

Thursday, September 5 2013 All Times ET

 

3:35 AM: The President meets with the King and Queen of Sweden.

 

 

4:40 AM: The President departs Stockholm, Sweden.

 

 

5:55 AM: The President arrives Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

6:50 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan.

 

 

8:35 AM: The President participates in an Official G-20 Arrival and Leaders Welcome.

 

 

9:00 AM: The President participates in G-20 Working Session One.

 

 

12:00 PM: The President participates in a G-20 working dinner.

 

 

6:30 PM: The Vice President hosts a reception for leaders of labor organizations.

 

 

Speeches and Remarks September 05, 2013

 

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting at the G20 Summit

 

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

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President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan speak to the press before a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

 

 

 

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Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Thomas Perez as Secretary of LaborVice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor, at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC, Sep. 4, 2013. Also pictured are (from left) Rafael Perez, Ann Staudenmaier, Amalia Perez, and Susana Perez. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

On Wednesday, I had the great honor to attend the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Secretary Tom Pérez at the Department of Labor. Secretary Pérez will undoubtedly be a fierce advocate for working men and women across America, including Latinos who comprise 15% of the labor force in the US.

 

During his remarks, Secretary Pérez shared his own personal story and how he has “lived the American dream.” The son of Dominican immigrants, he was raised in a modest home in Buffalo, New York. The constant encouragement from his family and mentors and an unwavering commitment to working hard ultimately led him to pay his way through college by working as a garbage collector and working at a warehouse. He attended Brown University and Harvard Law School. After earning his law degree, Secretary Pérez has had an impressive career in both elected and appointed office, most recently as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

 

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden look out a window of Rosenbad prior to their bilateral meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Hillary And Barack


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 29. It's the most talked-about lunch in the nation's capital. President Obama and Ms. Clinton are dining privately at the White House Monday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 29. It’s the most talked-about lunch in the nation’s capital. President Obama and Ms. Clinton are dining privately at the White House Monday.
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Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton To Meet For Private Lunch | HPL

 

 

 

 

 

Raw: Hillary Clinton Arrives for Obama Meeting

 

Published on Jul 29, 2013

It’s the most talked about lunch in the nation’s capital. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are dining privately at the White House Monday. (July 29)

 

 

 

 

Obama and Hillary Clinton lunch, ‘get a chance to catch up’

 

By Carrie Dann, NBC News

 

For President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, friendship is what’s on today’s menu.

 

The two Democrats and former rivals met for lunch Monday in a private dining room at the White House, spawning a frenzy of predictable media speculation about whether they might be putting their heads together about Clinton’s much-rumored 2016 run.

 

And – adding to that speculation – Clinton is now also scheduled to have breakfast Tuesday with Vice President Joe Biden, considered a top potential rival for the Democratic nomination.

 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily briefing that the meal between Obama and Clinton was simply a chance for the two pols to pal around.

 

“Over the course of the last four years … Secretary Clinton and the president have developed not just a strong working relationship, but also a genuine friendship,” he said. “And so, it’s largely friendship that’s on the agenda for the lunch today. So it’s not a working lunch as much as it is an opportunity for the two, who saw each other on a pretty frequent basis for the past four years, to get a chance to catch up.”

 

Earnest added that the president invited Clinton to the meal, calling its purpose “chiefly social.”

 

The menu includes grilled chicken, pasta jambalaya and salad.

 

But — while the meeting likely featured more conversation about strategies for Egypt and Syria than strategies for New Hampshire and Iowa —  this meal between a current commander in chief and a potential 2016 White House contender has fueled both enthusiasm and opposition for the former secretary of state.

 

Clinton, who left the State Department in February, has been delivering speeches around the country since departing the top diplomatic post.

 

While she’s been mum about her future presidential plans, top Democrats — from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — have offered vocal support for a Clinton run. A pro-Clinton super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” has united veterans of both the Clinton and Obama political operations.

 

And an opposition group, dubbed Stop Hillary PAC, is also ramping up its efforts, even as the earliest presidential nominating contests are still well more than two years away.

 

Thank you NBC POLITICS

 

 

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From The HuffPost:

 

Obama, Hillary Clinton All Smiles During Private Lunch Meeting 

 

WASHINGTON — It’s the most talked about lunch in the nation’s capital.

 

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are dining privately at the White House Monday. While it’s not the first time the pair have seen each other since Clinton left the administration earlier this year, each of their get-togethers are closely analyzed.

 

That’s because Clinton is considered a leading contender to replace Obama, though she hasn’t said whether she’ll launch another presidential campaign.

 

The president is also being watched for signs of who he will support in the race to replace him. Vice President Joe Biden is also believed to be considering a run for the White House, potentially leaving Obama caught between two of his closest advisers.

 

Thank you The HuffPost.

 

 

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