Bill Clinton Says Obama Not Part of 1990s

Bill Clinton Says Obama Not Part of 1990sBill Clinton is attacking a strawman again.

ABC News’ Sarah Amos reports that former President Bill Clinton — despite myriad promises he would stop assailing his wife’s opponent given how it has backfired on her — upped his harsh attacks today in Tyler, Texas.

“There are two competing moods in America today,” Clinton said. “People who want something fresh and new — and they find it inspiring that we might elect a president who literally was not part of any of the good things that happened or any of the bad things that were stopped before. The explicit argument of the campaign against Hillary is that ‘No one who was involved in the 1990s or this decade can possibly be an effective president because they had fights. We’re not going to have any of those anymore.’ Well, if you believe that, I got some land I wanna sell you.”

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Obama campaign spox Bill Burton tells ABC News in response, “It appears that the man who once told us ‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow’ has changed his tune and is now singing ‘Yesterday’ everywhere he goes.”

A pretty good line.

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Chummy Photo And Clinton’s attack here is nonsensical. Obama’s line against Hillary Clinton is that she’s divisive and has consistently supported failed policies whereas he’s a consensus builder with a new strategy.

Amusingly, Bruce Tamaso of the Dallas Morning News filed a report — also datelined from Tyler — under the headline “ Bill Clinton avoids attacks on Obama in East Texas.” He and Sarah Amos apparently attended different speeches.

Photo credits: NYT and Garling Gauge

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Comments

  1. AllenS says:

    Is the land that Bill wants to sell, in Whitewater, Arkansas?

  2. Pug says:

    Beat me to it on the Whitewater bit.

    He might want to sell you some mining interests in Kazahkstan, too.

  3. Fred says:

    What is it that we stopped from the 90’s? An irrantionally exhuberant dot-com bubble that led to a recession at the end of his term, which utimately led to an irrationally exhuberant housing bubble that’s leading to another recession? What sort of irrantionally exhuberant bubble can we dream up with Hillary, Barack, OR McCain? sigh….

  4. John says:

    I fully expect by the end of this campaign Bill Clinton is going to be like Gabby Johnson, the old coot who stands on the roof of the building in “Blazing Saddles” and yells down to the people in Rock Ridge “The sheriff is a….” as Bart rides into town, but gets drowned out by all the music and cheering. Only in this case Clinton will be yelling “Dad-gum it! I said the candidate is a…” while all the Democratic primary voters drown him out with their cheers for Obama.

  5. Noam Sayin says:

    “attacking” Obama, Why is that when anyone questions anything ;he says or presses him for answers.. It’s “attack”
    If the Messiah is elected, Will there be riots in Detroit if his policies are questioned..?

  6. Dan Friedman says:

    “…I got some land I wanna sell you.”

    The Wizard of Whitewater, there he goes again.

  7. anjin-san says:

    Maybe he means Obama was not part of Hillary’s train-wreck attempt at health care reform…

  8. Gotta concur with Dan Friedman there. With Clinton’s well-earned rep for sleaze, the last thing he should be invoking is the image of a con artist. Clinton really MIGHT try to sell you some swampland!

  9. DrDeano says:

    You have to hand it to the Obama organization, they are playing the hand that has been dealt them as close to perfectly as possible. The Clinton’s bumbling miscalculations have back-fired and left us a candidate – Obama – that essentially is not to be questioned. One, the Clinton’s have made themselves the issue to the the electorate instead of Obama and two, Obama’s record and policies are simply and effectively unknown and the MSM does not want to change that through (much needed) reporting.

    There is a huge story – in the journalistic sense – in Obama’s choice of church alone. Yet that story is virtually unreported and unknown to many of Obama’s ostensible voters. His tendency to vote “present”, his plan to spend billions and billions beyond the current budget, and many other matters concerning him are not being talked about. Some of the fault lies with the MSM, some lies with the Clinton’s insipid campaign, and the rest lies with voters who don’t seem to want to know the truth about their political savior.

  10. Bill's Bites says:

    2008.02.16 Politics and National Defense Roundup…

    This post will grow as the day goes on. Don’t forget to check back later. Worth reading today: “I hope he heard the ticking before he was blown up.” KSM, the Victim The Final Atrocity Rule of law: Phoenix Answering Felipe Calderon: McClintock and …

  11. Fen says:

    Obama’s line against Hillary Clinton is that she’s divisive and has consistently supported failed policies whereas he’s a consensus builder with a new strategy.

    But thats not all of it: Obama is foolish enough to negotiate with Ahmadinejad in good faith. Obama claims he will be a uniter, but has no record of such as a Senator. Bush traded on the same thing but made a different mistake – he was naive enough to believe he could reach out to Congress the same way he reached out to Texas Democrats back in Austin. He was out of his league, and so is Obama [assuming he really means what he says]. That’s what Bill Clinton was getting at and he nailed it.

    If Obama [or his people] really meant all these “unity” and “change” platitudes, they could start proving it now: ask Democrats to unilaterally rein in the partisan spite from Murtha, Pelosi, et al.

    But Obama won’t because 1) he has no influence over them and 2) he intends to play good cop to their bad cop. All this talk of “change” and “a different kind of politics” is Chimera. Or do you honestly believe this guy rose through the Chicago political world with clean hands?

    Regardless, I’m holding my nose and voting McCain. He’ll tick off the Left and Right in equal measures.

  12. Fen says:

    If Obama [or his people] really meant all these “unity” and “change” platitudes, they could start proving it now: ask Democrats to unilaterally rein in the partisan spite from Murtha, Pelosi, et al.

    Strike that. Obama could start with himself – explain why he distorted what McCain said: “mired in Iraq for 100 years”[?] Thats NOT what McCain said – the trancript proves McCain was talking about maintaining a long-term presence in the region, like we did with Germany, Japan, and Korea.

    Hey, I know this is merely business as usual, but thats the point. Isn’t Obama suppossed to be a “different” politician, to be better than this?

    Actions, not words.

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  14. Chester White says:

    “Harsh attacks“?

    Joyner, no one despises Bill Clinton more than I, but if you think those are “harsh attacks,” you are absolutely out of your mind.

    1 on a scale of 10.