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Bill Clinton Attempts To Counter Obama’s Media Blitz With One Of His Own

Picture 10Media blitz tours are apparently all the rage for former Presidents. Or at least former Democratic Presidents — George W. has been mostly AWOL in Texas since departing Washington last January. And Bill Clinton appeared to be staging a small one of his own last night with appearances on Larry King and The Daily Show last evening, and ABC this morning and his own Letterman spot tonight.

If I were Maureen Dowd I would point to Bill Clinton’s cable rounds last night , particularly his Daily Show spot (below), as some sort of competitive decision on his part to share in President Obama’s magical tour spotlight, because the timing of the dual late night appearances does seem a little strange. And alas, Clinton’s recollections of his trip to North Korea, especially, appear to be lost in this morning’s headlines about Obama’s late night spot. As does his take on the current race debate — so ably exploded on the media scene last Sunday by Modo, herself, before being fanned by the other former Democratic President from the South, Jimmy Carter.

“Well, we only have one President at a time, so I put on whatever expression he thinks I should.”

First: Clinton’s take on race, which interestingly was not touched on during his Daily Show spot. Clinton told Larry King that while he wouldn’t deny that “some of the extremists are racially prejudiced” that not everyone who opposes health care and all the conservatives are racists. Moreover, if Obama “were white the same people who oppose him now would oppose him then. We should disaggregate lingering problems of discrimination from the attacks to which the President is subject…We have to win this on merits.”

Next, while Obama was Top Ten-ing away with Letterman, Clinton stopped by The Daily Show last night (UPDATE: actually the interview was done Thursday night, it would seem, though there seems to be some confusion since it aired again last night as a new episode), ostensibly to talk about the Clinton Global initiative, now in it’s fifth year. But the juiciest part of the interview was when talk turned to Clinton’s role as ‘Batman’ (aka his trip to North Korea) and his recent lunch with Obama. “What’s the sort of expression you have to put on your face for that meeting,” asked Stewart. “Well we only have one President at a time, so I put on whatever expression he thinks I should.” Ha! Actually Clinton was very humble about his roles working for the current President, as well as past, and threw a rather more objective (battle-worn?) light on the health care debate later in the interview (below). Perhaps Obama should consider taking Bubba on the road. Something tells me Clinton could give Glenn Beck a run for his money.


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