Bill Clinton “Praises” Obama
I get the feeling that Bill and Hillary don’t really want Obama to win Tuesday. At a rally Thursday, Fox News reports that Bill Clinton had this to say about Obama’s handling of the financial crisis:
“I haven’t cleared this with him and he may even be mad at me for saying this so close to the election, but I know what else he said to his economic advisers (during the crisis),” Clinton told the crowd at a Wednesday night rally with Obama in Florida. “He said, ‘Tell me what the right thing to do is. What’s the right thing for America? Don’t tell me what’s popular. You tell me what’s right — I’ll figure out how to sell it.'”
Clinton said when the crisis broke, Obama called his own advisers as well as those of the former two-term president, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffet and others.
“He called those people. You know why? Because he knew it was complicated and before he said anything he wanted to understand,” Clinton said. “That’s what a president does in a crisis.”
I actually think that was a prudent move on Obama’s part – consult with people who know more about the situation. What makes those comments significant is that McCain has been ridiculed for not understanding the economy and being “unsteady” in the face of the crisis. I’m also not real wild about the “I’ll figure out how to sell it” line. In other words, I can get people to buy a pile of shit if I need to.
Bill Clinton’s comments seemed to be, at best, a lukewarm endorsement of Obama’s ability to handle the situation.