If you remember President Clinton’s Impeachment Trial, at one point the former President hesitated answering a question put to him by a senator. After thinking about his response he finally said, “Well, it depends on how you define the word ‘is’.”
This is a man who understands that when a person is in the public limelight, it is best to be careful what you say. The most innocent remark can and often will be taken out of context and manipulated to support the listener’s agenda.
On Wednesday I offered a thought about the reason for the apparent break from President Obama’s stated views on extending the Bush tax cuts past the first of the year. The following excerpt from Yahoo News comes from an interview that the former President had with Wolf Blitzer the day following my post:
“Former President Bill Clinton apologized on Thursday for making comments this week that appeared to be at odds with President Barack Obama’s position on extending the Bush tax cuts…”
“Clinton, who campaigned for his wife, Hillary, when she was competing against Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary battle, defended himself when Blitzer brought up the fact that Clinton’s critics are charging that he’s undermining Obama’s re-election effort with his comments.”
If you missed my earlier post, I suggested two possible outcomes for the election in November and reprint them below:
“In a tight election anything can happen and most likely will.”
“Here are two possible outcomes.”
“1) Obama wins re-election. We continue down the same path which we have seen for three and one half years or speed down it at an even faster pace. The country and economy continue to flounder. We are now at the election of 2016 and the country has woken up to the fact that Obama’s (the Democratic Party’s) way of doing things has been a dismal failure. No matter how appealing the Democratic candidate might be in 2016, his or her election is impossible.”
“2) Romney defeats Obama in November. He provides competent though uninspiring leadership. Things get better – but President Romney never captures the hearts of the American electorate. He is vulnerable in his re-election bid. Enter Hillary Clinton as the nominee of Democrats in that election, a woman with certain credentials to her name – most recently as Secretary of State – a position in which she has earned both a title and a certain amount of obscurity.”
President Clinton’s retraction of his apparent variance with the Obama administration carries about the same weight as an apology to the widow of a man who was accidentally shot dead by one of his neighbors. The deed is done and no amount of apologies are going to change the facts.
Personally, I think that former President Clinton and the missus are hoping for scenario two.