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By jardinier ·
If President Bush can say nice things about Bill Clinton, how come no one at this website can ever say anything good about the man?

November 19, 2004
US President George W Bush paid tribute to predecessor Bill Clinton today as "not the kind to give up a fight", putting aside partisan divisions at a ceremony to open the Democrat's presidential library.

"He was an innovator, a serious student of policy and a man of great compassion. In the White House, the whole nation witnessed his brilliance and mastery of detail, his persuasive power and his persistence," Bush said.

Under pouring rain, Bush noted that Clinton had fought to reform social policy, expand free trade, "was a tireless champion of peace in the Middle East" and acted to stop ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

"The president is not the kind to give up a fight. His staffers were known to say 'if Clinton were the Titanic, the iceberg would sink,'" the president quipped.

Bush stopped here on his way first tohis Texas ranch and then to an Asia-Pacific summit in Santiago, Chile, before heading to Colombia and then back to Texas for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The kind words came roughly four years after Bush won the presidency, vowing to "restore honour and dignity" to the White House, a veiled reference to the sex-and-lies scandal that bedevilled the Democrat's last two years in office.
Clinton observed a similar truce in November 1997, when he spoke at the dedication of the official library of former president George Bush, the current president's father.

On that occasion, Clinton praised "the vigilance president Bush displayed in dealing with Iraq".

"And I believe the American people support that vigilance, thanks in no small measure to your example not so long ago. And I thank you for that, Mr President," Clinton said.

AFP

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I was watching Fox last night...and

by Packet Spoofer In reply to Bill Clinton

While I obviously am a conservative...I was dissapointed that Hannity could not help himself, and continued to assail the former president during the opening of the library in little rock........I wish that we could get beyond this...it is history.....leave the man alone...He served our country for 2 terms and like him or not, his record is not all bad.....
We as a country need to get past these concerted efforts to destroy political rivals in the white house...I for one would be glad if I never heard monica lewinskys name again, and never heard about whitewater, watergate Iran contra etc. I wish we could enjoy a new day in politics....but It may just be wishful thinking......

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Clinton and Jennings

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We as a country need to get past these concerted efforts to destroy political rivals in the white house...I for one would be glad if I never heard monica lewinskys name again,
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Did you see Clinton on ABC last night? Jennings asked him about that very thing. Clinton shot bolt up-right and stuck his finger in Pete's face and said, "That's *your* fault. You and your program and those other shows".

It seems Clinton, like most of the rational world, thinks it was *stupid* for the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy to obsess with his sex life, and totally ignore the proven threat from al Quaeda.

So Scott, if ya wanna stop hearing Lewinski's name, stop saying it. If ya find yourself fixin' to say it, stop and say something worth hearing.

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I know.I said it already.....

by Packet Spoofer In reply to Clinton and Jennings

I did watch it and it was pretty intense.....
It was an interesting point that he made about coverage of the impeachment eclipsing other more relevant news.....
Don't get me wrong, I am no clinton fan, but It is time to move on and learn from our mistakes....weakening the president now or then....not only weakens him....it weakens the country...

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Weaken the President

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weakening the president now or then....not only weakens him....it weakens the country...
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I disagree. The strength of the country does not depend on *any* one man.

In Clinton's case, weakening the president did not weaken the county - rather the vast numers of Republicans who insisted the **** job was more important than the presidency weakened the country. Clinton was merely the catalyst - the Republicans were the weakness.

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In your skewed view of things there is only one problem......

by Packet Spoofer In reply to Weaken the President

republicans.....I have always said you have a lot of problems bucky.....51 million to be specific.....get used to it there big guy!

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You said "the name" too bucky

by Packet Spoofer In reply to Clinton and Jennings

Just like me although to your credit, you left the first name out......

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Like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

by ProtiusX In reply to Clinton and Jennings

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Because i was afraid to speak
When i was just a lassy
My father gave me nose a tweak
And told me i was sassy
But then one day i learned a word
That saved me aching nose
The biggest word i ever heard
And this is how it goes:

Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious

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Yes and No

by JamesRL In reply to I was watching Fox last n ...

I am an outsider - Canadian. But I am also a student of politics.

I saw footage of the speeches too. I noted how gracious Clinton was in complementing George W. Bush - considering it was Clinton's day in the limelight, it was a standup thing to do, and I think helpful.

I don't want to hear about Lewinsky. Or for that matter any affairs that any previous presidents may have had, and I am sure there are lots of them. Whitewater never seemed to be more that allegations. Watergate was a historic fact - though it reflects more on the President than his party in my opinion - same for Iran/Contra - though nothing was ever proven.

I don't think the personal attacks are helpful, from either side. In the end, no party has a monopoly on good ideas, and partisan political fighting negatively impacts good governance.

Bill Clinton's speech talked alot about building bridges. Not a bad idea, but like you, I see little hope for it.

James

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Talented Diplomat

by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to Bill Clinton

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If President Bush can say nice things about Bill Clinton, how come no one at this website can ever say anything good about the man?
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Did you see the video? Clinton was grimacing the whole time Bush was speaking. I got the idea he wanted to jump up and smack George upside his head.

Bush said that Clinton will look you in the eye, pet your dog, kiss your baby and shake hands with you all at the same time - but he didn't finish the addage. It ends "while picking your pocket". It was a devious attempt to publicly insult the most beloved president alive today.

Afterwards, Clinton said he's the only one in the country who likes both Bush and Kerry - but he was demonstrating what both Bush's were saying about him. That he's a very talented diplomat.

Regardless of what they say about each other in public, they are clearly disgusted by each other's nature - Bill being a fiscal Conservative, and Bush being a flaming fiscal Liberal. (No, that's not a typo.)

One thing - I think ALL of the presidents were glad to see Bush Jr. on the stage - because no matter how bad their own screw-ups were, none even came close to being as bad as starting a $200B war for the wrong reason.

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by silvioandpauly In reply to Talented Diplomat

Why do they hate America? Is it really because of our siding with Isreal? That's what Osama said anyway.....

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