Jun 12, 2012
In a newly released unauthorized biography of President Obama, Edward Klein reveals that Mr. Clinton urged Mrs. Clinton, as recently as last summer, to run against her boss, incumbent president and fellow party member whom the loosed-lipped former president evidently enjoys describing as an incompetent amateur—at least in private. When Mrs. Clinton demurred on the basis of being President Obama’s top cabinet member and political confidant, Mr. Clinton is reported by Klein to have stated, “Loyalty is a joke.” Of course, Mrs. Clinton probably already knew her husband’s opinion on fidelity.
In a more public forum, Mr. Clinton added injury to insult by describing Mr. Romney’s Bain Capital performance as “sterling”. Mr. Clinton made this remark while being interviewed on CNN by Harvey Weinstein. Yes, the famed Hollywood movie director took a day off from searching for the next Oscar contender to sit in for Clinton groupie Piers Morgan and throw softballs to the aging former president who is no longer willing to play hardball or meet the real press. The interview is a mutual love-fest reminding us that Clinton, not Reagan, was our first real Hollywood president.
How did Mr. Clinton get this cushy set-up? CNN has become his private network. Doubt this? Try flying through the Miami Airport—as I often do—without having to sit through CNN’s loop-feed highlighting the Clinton Global Initiative’s triumphs in Haiti. Amazingly, he is the only person with a big enough ego to claim victories in Haiti. Of course, he did bring Donna Karan to Haiti—what a win-win that has been.
Mr. Clinton may be able to plead insanity for his literally out-of-leftfield defense of Romney’s Bain Capital years. He is quite possibly suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. He has spent most of most of his post presidency flying around the world with billionaires in their private jets, plying their commercial causes. Given the importance of these global capitalists’ philanthropic support to Mr. Clinton’s campaign to stay relevant, he may not be responsible for what he says about business. Spend enough time with Carlos Slim Helu, who is the richest man in the world thanks to his choker hold on the Mexican telecom market, and everybody’s business practices start to look good.