After all these years, former President Clinton is still bitching that he wants more credit as president. Facing from being a laughing stock, Clinton joins with Jimmy Carter as tainted presidents. Jimmy Carter's failure with his economic and foreign policy, and Clinton's deriliction of duty has brought these men back in the limelight trying to salvage their presidency. Regarding Clinton, it is stunning that he keeps referring himself as the first black president. Also, if the Republicans didn't push for welfare reform, President Clinton wouldn't vetoed it for the 3rd time. I guess Clinton forgot Congress writes the laws and the president sign them. If the Republicans didn't become the majority in the 1990's, Clinton would had the same fate as Obama.
(Politico) “I go crazy every time I read the conventional wisdom,” he said Friday night at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. “So part of the Republican narrative is that I was ‘saved’ from myself by the election of the Republican Congress [in 1994] that ‘forced me’ to do welfare reform and ‘made the balanced budget possible.’”
Clinton said reporters and commentators “keep saying this, overlooking all relevant facts.”
“And yet I kept reading how this was ‘a Republican idea,’ just because President Reagan had a good story about a welfare queen and a Cadillac who didn’t exist,” Clinton said.
The feisty comments came during 20 minutes of unscripted remarks that immediately followed a one-hour panel discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of Clinton announcing his run for president in front of the nearby state house. They showcased a Clinton determined to present himself as a transformational figure.
When Clinton took the microphone, he riffed on the importance of offering voters a compelling story line.
“I’m telling you this to point out that we need a coherent narrative,” he said. “The No. 1 rule of effective politics, especially if the people you’re running against have a simple narrative — that government is always the problem, there is no such thing as a good tax or a bad tax cut, there’s no such thing as a good program or a bad program cut, no such thing as a good regulation or a bad deregulation — if you’re going to fight that, your counter has to be rooted in the lives of other people.”
“We need to understand that one of the things that tends to tilt things toward the Republicans’ anti-government narrative is our country was born out of a suspicion of government,” Clinton said. “King George’s government was not accountable to us. That’s what the Boston tea party was about. When the tea party started out, at least they were against unaccountable behavior from top to bottom. Then it morphed into something different. If you want to go against that grain, you’ve got to tell people you understand it’s a privilege and a responsibility to spend their tax money, but there’s some things we have to do together. And that’s what the purpose of government is, to do the things that we have to do together that we can’t do on our own.”
Clinton said commentators struggled to deal with him when he stepped onto the national stage because he did not fit easily into one easily defined category.
On the issue of race, he bragged about having the highest percentage of African-Americans on his professional staff of any state attorney general in America in the late 1970s.