August 5, 2009
I have to believe this was a very very very difficult moment for barry. He made sure to say that he talked to President Clinton, though he couldn’t quite say “I” — he said White House — and in that sentence had to add “former” but he did say “President Clinton” three times.
Well done, Mr Obama.
I want to thank President Bill Clinton – I had a chance to talk to him – for the extraordinary humanitarian effort that resulted in the release of the two journalists.
I want to thank Vice President Al Gore, who worked tirelessly in order to achieve a positive outcome.
I think that not only is this White House, obviously, extraordinarily happy, but all Americans should be grateful to both former President Clinton and Vice President Gore for their extraordinary work.
And my hope is is that the families that have been reunited can enjoy the next several days and weeks understanding that because of the efforts of President Clinton and Gore they are able to be with each other once again.
A footnote. David Shuster couldn’t bring himself to show the footage of Laura Ling saying: “We saw standing before us, President Bill Clinton.” the second time through. They started at the next sentence and then showed Chuck Todd doing an interview with barry – who was not pleased about being asked questions about President Clinton.
Then came a segment “Did he upstage President Obama?”
Sorry folks – no matter how many years barry is around, President Clinton will always upstage him. And the entire world got a glimpse of that today. And upstaging Secretary Clinton? Not a chance. It was a well orchestrated good cop/bad cop get Mr Bill in the game at the very top. Mission Accomplished.