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What do you think of Obama leaving during Clinton’s press conference today??

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • I wasn’t aware. I’ve been in a class all day. What was Clinton’s press conference about?




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • We just pulled it up and watched it. That was weird! Guess we know who wears the pants in that family!




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      Mztracy wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • And do we know why he left?




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • This is the 1st I’m hearing... will try to find it!




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • Here’s what I found..... the press conference was unplanned according to this and Obama even stated he wouldn’t be staying.

      By BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller, Ap White House Correspondent – 1 hr 24 mins ago

      WASHINGTON – No comment? No way. You don’t stop Bill Clinton when he’s back at the White House with something to say.

      Well, OK. He and President Barack Obama, two of the most famous men in the world, did need a little help getting a door unlocked first.

      But then it was on.

      The former president came before surprised reporters to let it be known that he endorsed the tax deal that Obama cut with the Republican Party, even though many Democrats were raising a fuss about it.

      That was the news. But it wasn’t the story.

      What had the West Wing buzzing was the scene itself: Clinton in his element, like he had never left. And almost like he wasn’t going to leave this time.

      For one remarkable half hour, Clinton turned a seemingly slow Friday afternoon into his stage.

      He tutored in loving detail about economic theory and nuclear disarmament. He was short on time, yet somehow found some for just one more question. He bit on his lip and spread his arms as he spoke and did all those other familiar gestures.

      In a town of scripted rollouts and talking points, the way this event unfolded was refreshingly and remarkably impromptu.

      There was to be no press coverage allowed of Obama’s meeting with Clinton. No photos, no questions, not even a written statement about what happened.

      That changed when Obama and Clinton wrapped up their private meeting in the Oval Office. Clinton wanted to publicly endorse the tax package. Obama is welcoming all the help he can get.

      So the two presidents headed straight for the famous briefing room with no warning.

      Except they couldn’t get in.

      The door was locked because press staff members were at their holiday party in the Executive Mansion.

      Obama and Clinton went back up a hall and found a press aide at her desk. “Do you know how to open up the briefing room?” Obama asked.

      Press secretary Robert Gibbs heard the voices outside his office, walked out and saw the two presidents.

      “What are you guys up to?” Gibbs recalled saying.

      “We‘re looking for some reporters,” the presidents told Gibbs.

      So the White House press staff scrambled, summoning all available media to the briefing room and setting up a live feed for the networks in minutes. The presidents stood waiting, behind a closed door, until Gibbs stalled long enough to let correspondents take their spots.

      Obama introduced Clinton lightly as “the other guy” and recalled how Clinton has overseen heady economic times. Obama warned that he wouldn’t be staying long — another White House Christmas party was waiting, as was his wife, Michelle.

      And so it became clear pretty quickly that this was Clinton’s show.

      “I feel awkward being here, and now you‘re going to leave me all by myself,” Clinton said from the stage of the White House briefing room.

      Not that awkward.

      Clinton comfortably outlined how the pending package of tax cuts, business incentives and unemployment benefits would boost the economy — even though it included tax help for the wealthy that Obama had to swallow.

      “There’s never a perfect bipartisan bill in the eyes of a partisan,” Clinton said. “But I really believe this will be a significant net-plus for the country.”

      When he finished his pitch, Clinton played the role of humble guy, saying, “So, for whatever it’s worth, that’s what I think.”

      “It’s worth a lot,” Obama insisted.

      Clinton was asked what advice he had for Obama, given the context of the times: the current president has to deal with a Republican Party that just won a convincing victory in the midterm election and will soon grab control of the House. Clinton faced the same halfway through his embattled first term in 1994, worked some major deals with the opposing party and rebounded to re-election.

      “I have a general rule,” Clinton said, “which is that whatever he asked me about my advice, and whatever I say should become public only if he decides to make it public.” Obama didn’t provide that permission, saying: “I’ve been keeping the First Lady waiting for about half an hour, so I’m going to take off.”

      The current president left it to Gibbs to decide when Clinton’s questioning would be cut off.

      Yeah, right ...

      Gibbs couldn’t cut off Clinton, and neither could Clinton’s own aide. Only Clinton could stop Clinton.

      The former president spoke about credit markets and Haiti and principled compromise and structural deficits.

      Clinton was asked if he was happier being in the White House as a guest speaker than as president.

      “Oh, I had quite a good time governing,” a smiling Clinton said. “I am happy to be here, I suppose, when the bullets that are fired are unlikely to hit me.”

      When it was over, Obama aides and others in the room wore the look of those who couldn’t believe the glimpse of political Americana they just saw.

      “It was,” said Gibbs, “as spontaneous as it could be.”

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      Mztracy wrote Dec 10, 2010
    • TY Vikki...

      So my answer is a big who cares!!  

      Sounds like It was a spur of the moment thing and most likely President Obama had other things to do. Clinton seemed to have it all under control anyways!

      But some will try and find it yet another bad thing they think of President Obama. oi vay




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 11, 2010
    • I’m thinking that at this point anything Obama does people will find fault. Even as the President of the USA he is entitled to time with family.
      After all this a man just a normal man, a man who is/was able to inspire and initiate change. Yes he may be hated for the change but he did promise change. And all change whether it’s politics or diet creates discomfort before the real things can happen.

      So even if McCain had won or whoever else ran (I can’t remember, so sad) we would all still be complaining because things, BIG things had to happen no matter what.

      I read somewhere that Bush (W) will eventually be proven to be a good leader. Well is it because all the things he put in place at the beginning of his term were not realized until later or even into our future?  

      Did Nixon know (did you hear those recordings?) that Reagan would be considered a good President when he was making those negative comments?  

      Presidents ratings link below..... I found it to be interesting!

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      Suzann wrote Dec 11, 2010
    • I’ve got to say, I’m with Tracy. The other thing I thought of is (and perhaps this is just my catastrophic thought process) something else was going on that the public is not privy to right now, like some new anthrax or something, and Obama had to go handle it without alarming the public.

      I’m just saying, sometimes what we see is not the whole story, especially in Washington where everything is a big huge secret.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 11, 2010
    • So true Suzann!




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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 11, 2010
    • Sorry, but I must agree with Annie, especially the way he worded it..“I’ve kept Michelle waiting for a half hour, so I’m gonna take off.“...what is he leaving the local pub or something?...no professionalism or tact in any manner, and if any President replied in that way, I would be shaking my head in disbelief.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 12, 2010
    • Well, I see Obama Did say he had another commitment. I’m with Vikki on this one because it makes far more sense than trying to find fault with the man that is trying to clean up all of the past mistakes that have become accumlative. If you just want to argue about what is right and who is right.... forget it! I will leave you to bark up wrong tree in wrong forest.

      Cathie




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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 12, 2010
    • Annie,

      And Michelle waiting for him is not “good enough” for you? I think a president of this country with a more than Good marital relationship is going to benefit all of us. It’s about damn time we have someone that has marriage and family values.  

      And about the barking.... yes you do, dear. Obama inherited this mess the country is in and I haven’t forgotten it. You aren’t going to help him by nit picking him over having a more important agenda than Clinton grandstanding at a news conference.  

      Never mind political parties and what not... This Is Our President. He is our future and I
      will not bark up wrong tree in wrong forest because he has family values.  

      Cathie




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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 12, 2010
    • I do believe it is our duty to question all of our leaders. Starting locally and going up the food chain. They all need to feel our discontent!




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 12, 2010
    • via Annie.... As American Citizens it is our right and our duty to criticize the govt and demand the best possible leadership we can get. They work for us. If we want to just accept what is thrown at us then we should live in a communist country.

      Even the best leaders are criticized. It's what they do with the criticism and whether they hear it or ignore it that makes them better or worse.

      I agree with this 100%
      heart




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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 13, 2010
    • I see your point, Ladies, and thanks for clarifying your view points with me.  

      Cathie




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      Angelcart wrote Dec 13, 2010
    • Wow, I was busy this weekend and didn’t watch the news.  I have to agree with Annie, very unprofessional.  And Annie you are 100% correct on if someone in the work place did that, not acceptable.  My husband and I work together and we ride together as well.  He has business contacts call him at 5:15 and takes as much time on the phone as THEY need.  He would NEVER say “I’ve kept my wife waiting for 30 minutes, she’s ready to go“.  Pfffttt........  I have to admit I get frustrated but hey, it’s his business.  Plus, when we get in the car, he’s usually on the phone pretty much the whole way home talking business with an associate and it’s annoying because I’m just sitting there having to listen to him on the phone about work after I’ve worked all day.  I wouldn’t even think about telling him to “cut it short” because I’ve waited after hours, etc.




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