Friday, February 20, 2009

Clinton Thinks Obama Doing Fine But Needs More Optimism in Message

Former President Bill Clinton gives President Barack Obama an "A" grade for his first month in office, but tells ABC News that Obama needs to put on a more positive face when speaking to the American people about the economy and must keep pressure on Republicans who try to obstruct his plans.

I'd argue on the "A" personally, but then I'm not Bill Clinton. But Clinton continues...
"Look, the American people, I think, know the president has tried to reach out to Republicans," Clinton told ABC News' Chris Cuomo. "And it takes two to tango. I think there are some of them who really believe that just-say-no politics is good politics.

"It was -- briefly, only briefly -- in the '90s. It isn't anymore," he added. "So, sooner or later, I think if he just keeps chugging along, just keeps the door open, invite 'em to every economic conference, invite 'em to every meeting, eventually, he'll start getting some votes" in Congress.

You're forgetting something, Bill. Add "listen to them and use their ideas" and you'll have a winner. Just inviting them isn't going to do the trick if they still feel it's only for show.

On the other hand, even that is more than the Congress Democrats have been doing.

1 comment:

Annette said...

While we're throwing hard-earned tax money away to reward foolish spending, how about giving some to those of us who excercised caution and didn't buy houses we couldn't afford? Shouldn't we be rewarding caution instead of irresponsible spending? I could use a bailout in the form of a down payment on a house I CAN afford. Quick, before the economy recovers and housing prices rise again.