Courage in danger is half the battle.
- Plautus, Roman Comic Poet (B.C. 254-184)
We were all hoping Obama would turn out to be the moderate, bi-partisan, compromise-minded candidate he sold himself as during the presidential campaign, but by the time Obama had engaged in an orgy of more new government spending in his first nine months than Bill Clinton managed in all his eight years in office, we knew we were screwed. It’s sad too, because I remember the tears in my eyes, so proud to be an American as I witnessed Obama’s inauguration and the swearing in of our first black president.
It’s been such a disastrous two-and-a-half years since then that at least a half-a-dozen times I’ve spoken with Republican friends and we would compare this current Democrat to the last Democrat president and marvel at what a strange feeling it was to be a Republican longing for the good ol’ days of Bill Clinton!I don’t think most of us knew how good we had it back then, to tell the truth. Like the current president, Bill Clinton was handed a harsh rebuke by the voters two years into his presidency in the form of a Republican landslide during the midterms, but unlike Obama, who attributed the voter backlash against him to voters being stupid and misinformed, Bill Clinton never underestimated the intelligence of the American people. Bill Clinton was a guy who would listen when the people spoke.
The Republican-controlled Congress handed Bubba the first balanced budgets in 30 years (and probably the last we’ll ever see in our lifetimes) and instead of demanding a budget laden with more pork and more government spending than what the Republicans were offering, Bill Clinton signed those balanced budgets into law. Bill Clinton was a guy who knew that lower taxes, not more government spending, is the best way to stimulate the economy and when Republicans drafted the most comprehensive reform of the welfare state since it’s inception, Bill Clinton got on board with Welfare Reform, to the consternation of many in his party.
But almost as refreshing as it was to see a politician who could actually listen to the voters and respond to their demands, Bill Clinton was also just a fun guy to have in office. I can remember Phil Hartman playing Bill Clinton on Saturday Night Live, and those were some of the funniest skits in the history of the show. The way Bubba could flash his thumbs up to the American people, you knew he was full of shit, but with a wink and a nod, you knew that he knew you knew he was full of shit, too!
“Hey baby, it’s just politics, and I’m just playing the game.” And he was one of the best there ever was at it.
Slick Willy – I’ll say it right now, how I miss having you as our president.
From back in the day, here’s a little tune I put together for you, Mr. President:
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