Call Bill Clinton. Campaigning for Barack Obama in Kissimmee, Florida, Clinton spoke of Obama's qualifications for president:
"You know what he did?" Clinton said, heralding Obama's reaction to the financial crisis. "First he took a little heat for not saying much. I knew what he was doing. He talked to his advisers – he talked to my economic advisers, he called Hillary. He called me. He called Warren Buffet. He called all those people, you know why? Because he knew it was complicated and before he said anything he wanted to understand."
Now I have no problem with a president consulting his advisers but this is a little much. Obama apparently had no clue and wanted to make sure he didn't fumble the ball so close to the election. I guess Obama can claim he's qualified to be president because although he's not very experienced in matters of national importance he knows who to call. It does sound a little time consuming though. I hope all those folks are awake at 3:00 AM.
The former president continued his praise for Obama. What really impressed him was this:
"The second thing - and this meant more to me than anything else, and I haven't cleared this with him and he may even be mad at me for saying this so close to the election - but I know what else he said to his economic advisers - he said, 'Tell me what the right thing to do is. What's the right thing for America? Don't tell me what's popular, you tell me what's right, I'll figure it out and sell it.'
Now there's something Obama's good at . Selling it.