Bill Clinton bemoans Obama’s “awful legacy” while stumping for Hillary

Campaigning for his wife in Spokane, Washington, Monday, Bill Clinton created a hectic moment for the Hillary campaign when he described the last eight years as an “awful legacy,” in what was a clear reference to President Obama.

Clinton continued to eviscerate the years prior to Mr. Obama occupying the White House, a reference to former President Bush, as a time when “trickle-down” economics was blameworthy for the 2008 economic meltdown.

Despite declaring Mr. Obama’s legacy “awful,” Clinton immediately pivoted, declared “things were better in America” and without delay described a recent losing streak suffered by the Obama Administration in the foreign policy realm associated with Iran, Russia and the EU’s handling of the migrant crisis.

An aide to the former president later issued a statement clarifying his remarks and asserting he was calling attention to GOP obstruction.

Analysis

This is similar to watching a blooper reel gone awry.

It is tempting to dismiss the former president’s remarks as startling ignorance given his wife’s role in the formulation of foreign policy under President Obama, but Mr. Clinton is a politician.

In order for Mrs. Clinton to gain the White House, it is inevitable for at least one of the power couple to criticize Obama.

Perhaps it is a strategy concocted by the two for Bill to promote his wife’s candidacy by criticizing the president, leaving Hillary above the fray to engage in denial, throw her arms around Mr. Obama and maintain the fiction the United States has benefited from his policies.

Instead of simply assisting his wife and describing her as the optimal alternative to succeed Obama, Clinton foolishly expanded on his remarks instead of abiding by dull statements of fact.

A more noble account for creations which led to the economic crisis of 2008-09 was Clinton’s signing of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999, legislation which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, an event which many blame for the economic dislocation which has persisted since Mr. Obama took office.

Despite Bill’s unflinching portrayal of his wife’s toughness and experience, Hillary played a central role in the execution of the empty, confused and directionless policies which have led to the current state of affairs in the Middle East and our deteriorating relationship with Russia as Secretary of State.

Since Mrs. Clinton’s resume is bereft of actual accomplishments, it is abundantly clear Bill’s role in Hillary’s crusade for the White House is to be the mechanism which criticizes Mr. Obama, appeals to audiences to forget Hillary’s comic mismanagement at State and to drive away the stubborn charges leveled against her while she tip-toes around her association with the Obama Administration’s failed policies.

 

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