Question of the day: What should Bill Clinton’s role be now?
Personally, I’m with Joe Conason. I don’t buy for a second that having Big Bill around is some sort of a negative for the Obama Administration. In fact, I think he has the potential to be one hell of an asset. The trick will be in using his gifts properly. For myself, I think the best bet would be to make him a special envoy to someplace where we’re in a hell of mess and tell him, “Work your magic.”
He wouldn’t be stepping on his wife’s shoes. She has a whole world to look after now. His role would be to work nearly fulltime for awhile trying to straighten out one particularly screwed up part of it.
And the good news is that after eight years of George W. Bush, there is no shortage of such places.
But isn’t there a risk he would outshine Obama? To be honest, this often repeated chestnut makes me chuckle. Folks, wake up and smell the political earthquake. No one — and I mean no one — is going to outshine Barack Obama.
So, what do you think? What should Bill Clinton’s role be now?
December 3rd, 2008 at 1:49 am
Bill Clinton should indeed be made Special Envoy to the President. The man is highly regarded abroad. He is able to charm. He is highly intelligent. He is a great manager. He is very well-informed. His skills, his knowledge, his appeal should be used to our best advantage. God knows, we need an advantage, after 8 years of insanity. I hope he will be available; and that his abilities will be used .
December 3rd, 2008 at 6:17 pm
I agree. Use Big Dog and his ability to connect with people for all it’s worth. We need help from anyone willing to do the difficult, dangerous and necessary with skill and experience.