Former President Bill Clinton was one of the speakers today at the Global Forum being hosted by Fortune, CNN, and Time in South Africa. During his time there, he discussed such hotbed issues as our budget (which he called “broken”), as well as the oil disaster in the Gulf. While discussing the spill, Clinton both defended the current president’s handling of the issue as well as contradicting the Obama administration’s clean up plans.
“Unless we send the Navy down deep to blow up the well and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of debris, which may become necessary- and you don’t have a nuclear weapon, by the way, I’ve seen all that stuff. Just blow it up. Unless we’re going to do that, we are dependent on the technical expertise of these people at BP.”
Following the comments, CNN asked the Obama administration about the plan and a spokesperson said that they were still “flatly ruling out” blowing up the well. However, so you don’t think our two most recent Democratic presidents were completely at odds, Clinton did go out of his way to say Obama had gotten a “bum rap” over his seemingly unemotional response since presidents need to “be themselves.”
If there’s one man who knows the pros (and very big cons) of being yourself as president, it’s Bill Clinton.
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