Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton
WOW. Every time I watch this, I catch something new from the weird meltdown Obama had on Friday when he made Bill Clinton President again for the day
UPDATE: Here’s a really great, extended video of this…where Obama really seems unbalanced. At the beginning, he has trouble talking. It sounds like part of his face is frozen or something. Like today he was having a Parkinson’s day and he couldn’t finish the press conference, knew it, and so he had Bill Clinton do it. Listen to his voice. He has trouble talking. He seems like he is on medication. Do not be surprised if he does not run for a second term and the reason for that LBJ moment is that he admits to the Parkinson’s.
RealClearPolitics has the video up of Obama having his meltdown after being pressed too hard to answer substantive questions about the economy. He’s teary-eyed, and his pale purple tie looks drab…less SEIU than moldy sardines. His ill-fitting and rumpled suit jacket is dingy and his eyes are puffy and sunken, like he’d been crying all day, perhaps realizing how inept he is in the role of president the Left and lamestream media (redundancy alert!) swore he would grow into. Girlfriend needs some cookie dough ice cream, a box of merlot, and a Jonas Brothers concert video tonight.
About 7 seconds into this, President Clinton (now technically Acting-President Clinton) takes a subtle, quick jab at Michelle Antoinette Obama.
Remember during the 2008 primaries when Michelle Antoinette said in an interview that she “wanted to scratch Bill Clinton’s eyes out”?
I bet Big Dawg remembers it.
Obama complains at the beginning of this clip that he’s bored with the press conference, “tired of people being mean to him”, and doesn’t want to keep Michelle Antoinette waiting…with an implied “or else” you can easily take to mean something like “I’m afraid my beard is going to beat me, like Katie Holmes on the warpath all up on Tom Cruise’s ass”.
So, Big Dawg smirks and says, “I wouldn’t want to make her mad”.
It’s really great passive-aggressive theater from the master of these subtleties.
Seriously, Christmas officially came on December 10th this year with this BizarroWorld press conference meltdown from “The One” that gave Bill Clinton an extra, nonconsecutive day in his presidency unheard of since Grover Cleveland, by way of Alexander Haig.
This is the gift that will keep on giving for years and years to come.
Complete and total mental breakdown!
Claiming no one listens to him and that he has no idea what he is doing, Obama admitted his complete failure and left a press conference today, in tears, telling Big Dawg Bill Clinton “You fix it!”.
Bill Clinton pulled an unconstitutional Alexander Haig and was president for a while today, while our historic and unprecedented first black president went off and did who knows what who knows where.
This really happened.
It is not a joke.
Yesterday, some of you asked us why Bill Clinton is campaigning for Harry Reid in Nevada.
President Clinton does a lot of interesting things every day that we’re sure drive a great many people crazy…not the least, we’re sure, are his own wife and daughter.
We’ve met the man a great number of times and have seen him in action at campaign events large and small — he genuinely, more than anyone else we’ve ever known, loves campaigning. Whether it’s for himself, his wife, his friends, or people he doesn’t even really know…he loves giving speeches, shaking hands, posing for pictures, and being smiled and waived at.
That’s not a criticism, but an observation. His face lights up, he’s in the moment, and he seems to relish every second of this.
We’ve also very rarely ever heard of him turning down anyone’s request for help. Here in Chicago, just about any organization that asks him for assistance will get his consideration, and if he can work it into his schedule and squeeze it into his commitments for the Clinton Foundation, President Clinton will come to the rescue.
We think, aside from being a good person who helps people, he has a bit of a superman complex to him…in that he believes he’s often the only one who can save someone from the fire, and yank victory from the jaws of defeat.
So, in thinking about him campaigning for Harry Reid in Nevada, here are a few thoughts that cross our mind, concurrently:
(1) President Clinton was asked to help someone, so he’s on his way to help.
(2) President Clinton knows Harry Reid is going to lose no matter what happens, so this might be an excuse for him to go to Nevada, a state he likes.
(3) Just like with Blanche Lincoln, President Clinton knows Reid is going to lose, and Clinton thinks he can drag Reid over the finish line for a win, just for the challenge of it.
(4) President Clinton enjoys the fact Reid needs his help — because Reid worked against Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, so having to come to the Clintons for help must be humiliating for Reid, and gratifying for the Clintons.
(5) President Clinton might think saving Reid would earn a big chit for a Hillary 2016 presidential run, as Reid would owe his salvation to the Clintons.
(6) Sharon Angle might be a factor in this: because of her Scientology statements Clinton might believe Reid is now actually electable, and maybe he sees a chance to show himself as a superstar for rescuing Reid’s campaign…only investing himself in it now that he believes Reid is up against someone Clinton thinks is really beatable (we disagree with this, for the record, because though we wanted Sue Lowden as the nominee, we think Lowden, Danny Tarkanian, or Angle are all equally able to beat Reid).
(7) Clinton might be investing himself in doomed efforts he knows won’t matter much in the end…instead of applying himself to races in which he could make a real difference…because then he gets to appear to be doing something for the party, but in reality he knows he’s not saving anyone from their fates.
You could spend all day making yourselves crazy wondering why President Clinton does anything that he does.
What we default to is what we’ve observed of him with our own eyes in person: he is an incredibly smart and kind man who has a masterful perception of events around him. He is very much loved by the people who support the Clintons, and just seeing him in person is always a great joy. Part of going anywhere for him is being sort of the favorite uncle come to town for a visit, and we believe he enjoys this as much as we enjoy seeing him again whenever he’s around.
He is also a man who does not ever forget a slight, and has a memory that’s beyond impressive. So, it’s always hard for us to believe either Bill or Hillary Clinton would ever do anything to help people who hurt them in any way. What’s presented on a TV screen or in an article is often much different from what’s really going on behind the scenes. We don’t believe President Clinton would ever try to save backstabbing Harry Reid without there being a bigger, obscured picture to what’s really going on.
That’s our take on it.
Question: What outfit do you think will follow Michelle Obama's Jason Wu gown into the Smithsonian, come 2013?
Since the current First Lady FINALLY donated her Jason Wu toilet paper-meets Mr. Coffee-by way of Bedrock inaugural gown (a dress RuPaul, one of Wu’s other celebrity clients, rejected as “too hideous for a drag queen) to the Smithsonian, where it will join other Inaugural Gowns from the past, we wonder what garment will follow Mrs. Utopia’s “outfit” into the First Spouses exhibit.
We kind of think it’s going to look something like this:
Or, if we really had our way completely, like this:
The 45th President of the United States will be a woman.
The next First Spouse Inaugural outfit will be from the menswear collection.
There won’t be another Jason Wu “supermarket challenge” outfit added to the Smithsonian First Spouse Inaugural collection for a very, very long time.
President Bill Clinton is one of our absolute favorite people in the world.
Please send prayers to him today, as he’s been hospitalized.
There’s no further information yet, but everyone here at Buzzquarters is pulling for the Big Dawg.
Please update this thread as more news comes in.
UPDATE: Reports are in that George W. and Laura Bush called and spoke with Chelsea Clinton to make sure Big Dawg was okay.
The Bush family is just amazing. George W. and Laura are such caring people…we honestly want to just hug them. We’re afraid if we ever get to meet them in person, we’re going to do that. Every time we’ve met Hillary and Chelsea, we’ve hugged them. It took hearing about this call the Bushes made to realize we actually have the same affection for them too. Our eyes have been opened to what decent human beings the 43rd President and his First Lady are. We told you before how we have grown to respect and admire the Bushes, but today we realized we genuinely love them too. We are so grateful to have them as Americans.
No word if the current occupants of the White House gave a damn at all about Big Dawg being in the hospital. Considering all the vile things the Utopia campaign said about the Clintons, and the fact Mrs. Utopia talked about wanting to gouge the former president’s eyes out (in the umpteenth demonstration of her complete and total lack of grace or class), we wouldn’t hold our breathes for any decency coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today.
Or any day, really.
Thank Heaven for the Bushes.
Long live Texas decency.
Get well soon Big Dawg!
Why I Miss Bill Clinton
If Barack Obama achieves nothing else in his presidency, he may do something that once seemed impossible: give a lot of people who aren’t crazy about his party a new respect for Bill Clinton.
Clinton, for all his appetites and excesses, was a cautious, centrist sort of Democrat. He had innumerable ideas for things the government could do, but most were small and fairly innocuous. He was willing to go along with Republicans on some of their sound ideas — such as balancing the budget, reforming the welfare system and expanding foreign trade.He focused on making government better, not making it bigger. He didn’t greatly enlarge Washington’s role in our lives. He proclaimed — or conceded — that the “era of big government is over.”
But Clinton never foresaw Obama. From the sound of his budget speech last week, the new president hopes the era of big government is just beginning.
It’s hard to overstate the expansion Obama proposes. Leave aside the supposedly temporary spending binge that constitutes his stimulus package. Under his budget blueprint, total spending would soar by roughly 75 percent above what it was last year.
Of whom else could that be said? Do you expect to be spending 75 percent more 10 years from now? Does your employer?
The budget deficit, which Clinton (with the help of a Republican Congress) eliminated, would be with us forever. After the gargantuan $1.75 trillion shortfall this year, it would decline briefly before climbing to more than $700 billion a year.
Obama’s fiscal blueprint builds on profligate habits established by George W. Bush. Under Clinton, federal spending fell to 18.4 percent of gross domestic product — the lowest level since 1966. By 2007, it was up to 20 percent. By 2019, according to the administration, it would rise to 22.6 percent.
This increase may not sound like much, but it is. Before the current recession began, reports budget analyst Brian Riedl of the conservative Heritage Foundation, government spending amounted to about $24,000 per household. Under Obama’s plan, it would exceed $32,000 per household (in inflation-adjusted dollars). Someone will have to pay for every cent of that spending, and it won’t be just the rich.
During the campaign, Obama often came across as a sensible pragmatist with an appreciation for both the value of markets and the limits of government — a Bill Clinton with self-discipline. He often painted Hillary Clinton as an old-fashioned, command-and-control Democrat.
But that Obama vanished sometime after Election Day. Lately, he brings to mind Lyndon Johnson, who imagined that the country could easily afford both endless war and a costly array of new programs.
Obama thinks the scariest economic crisis since the Great Depression is cause — or at least excuse — for an aggressive expansion of government, a la the New Deal. But it’s a false parallel, economically and politically.
The severity of the Great Depression bred desperation, which made the public receptive to radical changes. This contraction has been far milder and less disruptive. In Franklin Roosevelt’s day, Americans were open to transforming the economy. All they really want today is to revive it.
While they are willing to accept drastic measures to reverse the recent slide, they are not likely to favor keeping them once the emergency has passed. We all hope to see firefighters in the house if the kitchen catches fire. Few of us would want them to move in after the flames are out.
LBJ illustrates the dangers of taking an election victory for a far-reaching mandate. He got the Great Society passed, but two years after his landslide victory, Republicans made big gains. In 1968, Johnson didn’t even run for re-election, and Richard Nixon won the presidency — which the GOP would hold for 20 of the next 24 years.
Americans, with their traditional wariness toward government, never bought into Johnson’s expensive agenda. Before long, they were voting in Ronald Reagan, who saw Washington as the problem, not the solution. So even though Obama may be able to get his programs through a Democratic Congress, he and they may come to regret it.
Under Clinton, they demonstrated that his party could exercise fiscal responsibility, contain the role of government, learn from liberal failures (like welfare) and generate broad prosperity. He was convincing evidence that Democrats had changed.
Right now, I miss him. Before long, Democrats may as well.
Just something to think about on this the Eleventh Day, Year One, of The Golden Age of Obama. It’s actually very rare for a President to win a second term, no matter how well things go in that first term. Because of Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush, we assume a second term’s a given for presidents because the majority of those in our lifetimes have been two-termers (especially for those of us in our early 30s, who’ve mainly known two-termers). But, historically, that’s not the case.
Here are the men (and, unfortunately all men so far, despite all the talk of change still in the air) who’ve held the office two terms (or more, in one case):
(1) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (served 3 full terms, but elected to 4)
(2) Thomas Jefferson (2 terms)
(3) James Madison (2 terms)
(4) James Monroe (2 terms)
(5) Andrew Jackson (2 terms)
(6) Ulysses S. Grant (2 terms)
(7) Grover Cleveland (2 nonconsecutive terms)
(8) Woodrow Wilson (2 terms)
(9) Dwight Eisenhower (2 terms)
(10) Ronald Reagan (2 terms)
(11) Bill Clinton (2 terms)
(12) George W. Bush (2 terms)
(13) George Washington (2 terms)
(14) Richard Nixon (2 terms)
(15) William McKinley (2 terms)
(16) Abraham Lincoln (2 terms)
Those who wanted second terms but lost their elections:
(a) John Quincy Adams
(b) Martin van Buren
(c) Franklin Pierce
(d) Benjamin Harrison
(e) William Howard Taft
(f) Herbert Hoover
(g) Jimmy Carter
(h) George H.W. Bush
(i) John Adams
So, 16 wanted a Part Deux and got one. 9 wanted re-election but were denied. Almost 2/3 of our presidents were thus one-termers (or less).
And another interesting thing to note is that the last time THREE two-term presidents happened in a row was all the way back in the early 1800s, with Jefferson/Madison/Monroe (the 3rd, 4th, and 5th presidents). That hasn’t been repeated for 200 years now.
Not saying it won’t ever again, because it’s much too early to tell, but just noting it’s not an automatic, considering past as probability if not predictor.
Clinton/Bush/Obama as three two-termers in a row would be anomalous but certainly not impossible.
The way former president Carter is all the way over to the right, removed from the rest of the group, means nothing, as we’re positive it was not done deliberately, but it does remind us of a similar shot of the current and former presidents (at the time), taken in the early ’90s, where Richard Nixon was also far removed on the right, clearly apart from his peers.
At the time we had the same thought we have looking at Carter: that Nixon wasn’t going to be around for much longer. It certainly feels like this is the last year we’ll have Carter with us — which is sad, but not as sad as it would have been a year ago, because our opinion of Carter plummeted in recent months, and doubt that’s going to change now. The fact that many Habitat for Humanity homes are literally falling down around their owners doesn’t help (as that’s the one saving grace Carter’s always had in our eyes as an Ex-President).
We’ve had three encounters with Carter through the years, one in Manhattan and two in Georgia, the most surreal of which was a trip to Atlanta in 2006, to the Carter Center, where we happened by the replica Oval Office at the heart of the museum to find what we thought was a very convincing animatronic, talking with what looked like a handful of other robots. Overhead, Carter’s voice narrated a talk about the Oval Office, the Resolute Desk, etc. And then, after a moment of awkwardness, we realized Carter himself was standing in the exhibit, with staffers, just looking around — perhaps even pretending it was 1977 again, wondering what he could have done differently from Day One to change everything for the better for himself. A woman behind us, when realizing the robot was, in fact, the real Jimmy Carter, excitedly shouted, “Lookit! It’s him! It’s really him!”, before sympathetically adding, in more hushed tones, “Isn’t that sad? They just keep ‘em in there like that.”
Carter gave a lecture later that afternoon at his Library and Museum that we attended, and that we remember as being sad and out of touch with reality. He rambled, lost his bearings a few times, and reminded us of all the many reasons he didn’t win a second term. We will forever think of him as a very nice man who never should have been president. Strangely, that’s actually how we feel about George W. Bush now as well.
There are more similarities between Carter and Obama than anyone in the media cares to admit — except for that very nice man part. In less than two weeks, Obama follows in Carter’s footsteps…Reagan’s, the two Bushes’, and Clinton’s as well, along with all the other men who’ve come before all of them.
In our opinion, there should have been a woman in a pantsuit in that photo above — because THAT would be change we can believe in, change from yet another shot of assorted men with red or blue ties. Maybe there will be a woman in a skirt with glasses rocking a pair of killer boots in that shot in 2013 (with or without Carter). Maybe we will finally get a pantsuit in there in 2017.
If we can finally get half the country to see that all the promised CHANGE! resulted in basically the same damn picture that’s always been taken: a bunch of men in suits, with red or blue ties, standing in an almost round room, just like all the many men of varying abilities before them.
Mayor Bloomberg announced today that President and Senator Clinton will officiate the countdown to the New Year in Times Square, pushing the button to light this year’s crystal countdown ball.
There is nothing in the world that could get us to Times Square on New Year’s (way too crowded), but we will certainly enjoy watching our Champ and Big Dawg on TV. Love them.