Why didn’t we just elect another Clinton?

An Obama quote taken out of context, yet again

There is a dead giveaway here that something is missing: Why would Obama be bragging that his plan “worked” when the unemployment rate is still above 8 percent? That doesn’t sound like smart politics.

The reason for Obama’s statement becomes clear when the preceding sentences are read. (The section used in the ad is in bold type.) Remember that he is speaking to fellow Democrats at a fundraising event.

I’m running because I believe you can’t reduce the deficit — which is a serious problem, we’ve got to deal with it — but we can’t reduce it without asking folks like me who have been incredibly blessed to give up the tax cuts that we’ve been getting for a decade. I’ll cut out government spending that’s not working, that we can’t afford, but I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton, back when our economy created 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history and everybody did well. Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked. That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election. That’s why I’m running for a second term.

In other words, in an inelegant way, Obama is trying to compare Democratic philosophy (raise taxes on the wealthy — “our plan”) with Republican philosophy (don’t raise any taxes — “their plan”). He also appears to be trying to hitch his presidency to the economic success of the Clinton years. He can rightly argue that he’s never had a chance to do what Bill Clinton did — raise taxes on the wealthy — because Republicans have blocked his efforts.

See? When Obama says “we” he doesn’t mean the royal “me” he’s talking about his BFF Bill Clinton. They are buddies for life. The Big Dawg is his role model and mentor.

Obama really, truly wanted to be the second-coming of Bill Clinton but those mean old Republicans made him be Jimmy Carter instead. But if we reelect him he’ll bring back the peace and prosperity of the golden age of the Nineties.

But wait! There’s more:

Key role for Bill Clinton at Democratic convention

Former President Bill Clinton will have a marquee role in this summer’s Democratic National Convention, where he will make a forceful case for President Barack Obama’s re-election and his economic vision for the country, several Obama campaign and Democratic party officials said Sunday.

The move gives the Obama campaign an opportunity to take advantage of the former president’s immense popularity and remind voters that a Democrat was in the White House the last time the American economy was thriving.

Obama personally asked Clinton to speak at the convention and place Obama’s name in nomination, and Clinton enthusiastically accepted, officials said. Clinton speaks regularly to Obama and to campaign officials about strategy.

It makes a lot of sense. Bill Clinton is still enormously popular and his eight years in office really were a golden age of peace and prosperity. He is still the only Democrat to win two full terms in the White House since FDR.

I just have one question.

If the Democrats really wanted to tap into Bill’s legacy, why didn’t we just elect another Clinton in 2008? I’m pretty sure Hillary was available and would have accepted the nomination if we would have asked her nicely.

That would have been historic.

It also would have made a hell of a lot more sense than calling the Clintons racists and trying to purge them and their supporters from the Democratic party.

BTW – There are still some mental midgets out there trying to convince people that Bill Clinton was a bad Preezy. I guess theory is more important than results.

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70 Responses to Why didn’t we just elect another Clinton?

  1. I will never forget their debate at the Kodak when Obama grudgingly said the Clinton presidency “did some good things…” — it was like sweating blood from a stone. Almost as uncharitable as his “you’re likeable enough, Hillary” comment — and we know how well that worked out in New Hampshire. Now suddenly Bill is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Flailing does not begin to describe it.

    • Oswald says:

      Remember this?

      You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
      And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

      Except those bitter clingers had happy memories of the Clinton administration. That’s why they voted for Hillary.

      • SWPAnnA says:

        Truth be told, the communities, like Pittsburgh and the surrounding valley towns have “written the book” on recovery. The explosion of the Medical “industry” and the tech secter are twenty years along after the steel mills closed in the 70’s. Marcellus Shale has boomed throughout this area. Dan Onorato, got stuck with a new airport that had been built to US Air’s specs when they left town for Charlotte, NC. After 9/11, the Airport Mall and restaurants were left with “passengers only” security leg clamps, yet the County Executive went all over the world to find airlines to fill up those gates, shipping companies to use the freight ports and a major push to bring tourism to towns in the region to attend conferences. No, we’re not waiting for those jobs to return, we’re reclaiming mill sites to build attractive river-front attractions that don’t pollute or blight. We don’t manufacture, but folks can now manage communities without the huge footprint of Corporate sprawl to navigate. Small businesses and developers are free to implement better purpose concepts for land use, and a drive around the area shows that folks have actually carved out family time by keeping their community and church activities central to their lives. We keep our guns close, but don’t call it “cling,” there’s always a groundhog needing dealt with ’til whatever’s in season is due. In PA, we hunt in Spring and Fall, for small game, turkey, fowl, deer and bear, no limit on feral swine and you can shoot frogs with a 22 from your boat.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    The desperation of the Obama Campaign is palpable. The entire headquarters seems to have flop sweat. This represents a big SOS.

    Pretty much every campaign idea they’ve had against Romney has backfired or just evaporated in a puff of smoke. And there is a reason. Obama has never had to campaign before. He’s never had to organize a campaign. The people involved in his campaign have never run a campaign. They think they have. They think they know how to run one. Sadly they seem to be unaware that the DNC, the MSM, and Wall St. carried them right into the WH. They had nothing to do with it. It appears the rules have changed this time. Boo hoo.

    My new campaign slogan: Got popcorn?

    • bluestate says:

      My new campaign slogan: Got popcorn?

      lol! reminds me, can’t stop watching this haha

      Conan O’Brien Mocks Obama With Suggested Campaign Slogans

    • he DNC, the MSM, and Wall St. carried them right into the WH. They had nothing to do with it.

      So in other words – ‘They didn’t build that’?

    • angienc says:

      Amen Dandy! What the DNC couldn’t do via turning blind eyes toward rigged caucuses, disenfranchising Dem voters and outright taking delegates away from Hillary, the MSM did to carry his pathetic butt over the finish line in a year when a cardboard cut out with a (D) behind it’s name would have won — and he still had to spend almost a billion dollars from who knows where to do it!
      The “Obama ran a nearly flawless campaign in 2008” is one of the biggest lies in his composite life.

      • gxm17 says:

        Amen, angienc. I must have told the obots a thousand times that their campaign “tactics” (if you want to call abuse and alienation a tactic) were gonna bite them in the ass.

  3. HELENK says:

    I am disappointed that bill clinton is still taking party before country.
    I voted for the man, argued his case during the scandals and did believe in him.
    He has to know that obama is bad for this country. Clinton is not a dumb man.
    Maybe I expected too much from a former president. He is not even standing up for his wife. After the trash the obamas threw at Hillary , there is no way he should be helping that bunch at all.

    • Oswald says:

      Who said he was helping?

      Ever heard the expression “Damning with faint praise?”

      Just by existing Bill makes Obama look bad in comparison.

    • bluestate says:

      he will use his speech to promote the clinton brand, trust

    • Bill’s presence will be reminding Dems how great they had it under him. They will be reminded that it takes him to drag Obama over the finish line this time. They will be reminded how utterly unlike him Obama is. And how more like him Romney is (as far as economic policy goes).

      What I would love to see is Bill work in how the Republicans lobbied for an individual mandate in the 90’s as a way to block Hillarycare. Another reminder yet again, that Obama is something else.

  4. tommy says:

    Some mental midgets still believe that Bill was the best republican president. They are so left of center the they are off the entire effing map.

  5. Lulu says:

    This is the night of first NFL season game Cowboys v. Giants. The schedule was already pushed up one night so it would not conflict with President Potatohead accepting his laurels. It is actually an insult. I wish Bill would walk on the podium with an Ipad and do a three hour play by play of the game (with lots of color commentary) and never mention the little drone loving murder’s name. Snide assholes.

  6. Oswald says:

    Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland

    Warsaw, Poland (CNN) – The traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw Tuesday.

    After Romney paid his respects to Poland’s war dead and shook hands with a small gathering of the nation’s military veterans, the GOP contender walked approximately 100 yards away from the memorial as he chatted with Warsaw’s mayor.

    As Romney made his way to his vehicle, reporters attempted to shout questions to the candidate. The former Massachusetts governor, who has answered only three questions from his traveling press corps during a week-long overseas trip, ignored the queries.

    When members of the press tried to ask Romney about some of the mishaps on his trip, his traveling press secretary Rick Gorka verbally dressed down reporters.

    Here’s a transcript of the questions and Gorka’s response:

    CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?

    NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?

    Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?

    NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”

    CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!

    Gorka: “Show some respect”

    NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question…”

    Gorka: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”

    Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.” About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.

    Works for me.

    • Oswald says:

    • T says:

      Lordy, all this while they hand Obama a pillow. Do you suppose, just maybe, that the media wants Obama to win? (snark font).

      • Oswald says:

        IIRC, wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that the media’s collective panties were in a wad over somebody shouting questions at Obama?

    • angienc says:

      And how many questions has TehPrecious answered from the press in the last 3 years? But note how many times that one story noted the # for Romney. And here I thought they just couldn’t count.
      Also why the heck should he answer questions about the fake gaffe story THEY created to try to divert attention from Obama’s “You didn’t build that!”especially given that he has *already* answered questions about it (I even read his answer in the NYT!) Seriously the press is trying to keep a week old story that he has already addressed alive to help Obama and because the literally have nothing else to attack Mitt on. I swear the sheer in-your-face gall and unfairness of it makes me want to support Romney, even if Obama wasn’t the SCFoAMF.

  7. catarina says:

    Just read on CNN that Lizzie Warren will speak before Clinton at the convention.
    Her latest ad, running non-stop in MA, praises China’s infrastructure.

    Great preview pic:


    Since when are liberals Communism lovers?

    • elliesmom says:

      Warren in anti-business. But then she hasn’t held a job outside of academia since high school. She’s also not much of supporter of real women’s issues. How many women do you see on highway construction crews? But she wants to put MA “back to work building bridges and roads”. As long as women have the government to take care of us, we don’t need a paycheck.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Michelle speaking on opening night to tell their rags to riches story :


  9. driguana says:

    Politics and the media are becoming absolutely surreal. How does the “average” person out there deal with this? What do they believe at this point? Thank heavens, at least, for the Olympics and Beach Volleyball…..oh, but then if you watch NBC you have to put up with Mr. Tingles and Ms Madcow interjecting their “Lean Forward” comments every half hour…..we know why they lean forward, don’t we? Look, if you had wanted a Clinton for president in 2008, you had one, and it, too, would have been historic…bringing in Big Bill at this point is insulting, isn’t it? Or is just me getting totally exasperated at this point?

  10. angienc says:

    As I said in the previous thread this kind of thing only works when you *don’t* know what kind of POTUS the candidate will be (as in 2008 when Bill stumped for Obama). People could look at Bill and say ” Well, he’s vouching for him, so maybe Obama will be like him.” now that everyone knows exactly what kind of POTUS Obama *actually* is, having Bill up
    there only shows what a SCFoAMF Obama is. It’s a desperation move by Obama & it will backfire.
    I do, however, understand why Bill’s doing it — the way everyone else in the entire world (including us ungrateful rubes) but Obama gets blamed for Obama’s failures, if he didn’t do it, after Obama losses in November, Bill (and thus Hillary) would never be able to escape the blame for it.

    • cj says:

      That bitter old thing, John Kerry *still* blames Clinton for his loss. Never mind Bill’s deteriorating heart disease & the open heart surgery, apparently BC should have spent his preop & postop campaigning for the team.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Al Gore was the real idiot (and I voted for him)

        He didn’t try to run on Bill’s legacy and instead ran away from it.

        IIRC he was following Donna Brazile’s advice.

        • cj says:

          Well, he had that dynamo of personality, Joe Lieberman on the ticket, why would he think he needed Bill. lolololol

        • Oswald says:

          I’m pretty sure Lieberman voted for Bush. It didn’t say much for Droopy’s faith in Al when he kept his name on the Connecticut senate ballot too.

        • Erica says:

          I think it was Donna who counseled him to not fight for the Florida votes. IIRC, she consulted Karl Rove before that brilliant move.

          Disenfranchisement, thy name is Donna.

    • DM says:

      Obama would leak to the press that Bill Clinton would not help during the convention and the party would again call him racist.

  11. HELENK says:


    text of Romney’s speech in Warsaw.
    I could not find a video

  12. myiq2xu says:

  13. yttik says:

    “I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton..”

    Bill Clinton actually lowered taxes on many things, like capital gains. If Obama wanted taxes to be what they were under Clinton, he’d have to create more tax cuts, especially since state and local gov’s have increased their taxes. Under Obama, people are already paying more then they did under Clinton.

    “He can rightly argue that he’s never had a chance to do what Bill Clinton did — raise taxes on the wealthy — because Republicans have blocked his efforts.”

    R-i-g-h-t. As if Bill Clinton didn’t have a Republican congress and never faced challenges like investigations and impeachment. It wasn’t a bed of roses for Clinton, and yet he figured out how to make it work.

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Ruh roh!

    Mickey Kaus:

    P.P.S.: I’d forgotten that in April, 2010 President Obama told the nation (in his weekly radio address)

    “It won’t be too long before the stock the Treasury is holding in GM could be sold ….”

    Two years later, the Treasury still owns more than 26% of GM. The stock price of the dramatic administration success story is too low to sell without taking gigantic, embarrassing losses.

  15. cj says:

    Good question from the comments @ JWS; where are all the Dem’s rising stars? Paraphrasing the post —> they might as well be playing “The Way We Were” in the background as Bill Clinton takes the podium & speaks.

  16. lyn5 says:

    I feel sorry for the Big Dawg. I’m sure Obama will have him on a leash, but the Dawg will figure out how to pee on Obama’s leg when no one is looking.

  17. myiq2xu says:

    Obama’s distress call:

  18. votermom says:

    This is awesome

  19. tommy says:

    And that, in a nutshell, is why I consider him the greatest President evah. He negotiated, argued, compromised but dealt with the repubs. The govt. was shut down for a while, and they tried to impeach him. But the Big Dawg had a higher calling. He knew that the bucks stops with him. So he dealt with the repubs, and finally made things happen. It was only during his administration that I felt that the govt. was a lean, mean fighting machine. Currently I’m tired of the dems demonising the repubs as the party of no, and obama and fellow dems whining about the obstructionist repubs. Constantly whining. Bill had to face Newt! If O had to face the same, he’d have to be crying himself to sleep at the White House. No whining. The buck stops with the POTUS.

    • tommy says:

      Hey I’m sorry. The above comment was supposed to nest under yttiks comment.

    • tommy says:

      Hey yttik, I notice that this is the second time that this has happened. I try to nest a comment under yours, and wordpress plays spoilsport. So far, I can easily nest my commen t under any other commenter, except you. WordPress sure doesn’t want us to be friends. Lol

  20. tommy says:

    Someone in O’s camp knows that he can’t win. Not with the unemployment rate where it is. They’re bringing in the Big Dawg cos they want to hoodwink us into believing that voting for O is gonna bring back the Clinton prosperity again. But O ain’t Clinton. Its as simple as that.

  21. SWPAnnA says:

    What I don’t get is why all these “Audacity to be Genius” Obats couldn’t parlez their techno-wizzy into the New Economy and blow everybody out of the water as Al Gore did with the invention of the internet:)

    • just my 2 cents~ The techno-wizzies have been so busy creating faux reality and being among their own tribes that they cannot see the reality before them. That or because their faces are constantly peering into the tech screens, even when they are out walking about. How can you see reality when you never look at it? Then they whine because the world isn’t the way they want it to be.

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