will give Obama a year to get things right: Bill Clinton
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) Former president Bill Clinton predicts
the American public will give President Barack Obama a year,
maybe longer, to get the economy moving in the right direction.
And Republicans, who have not yet supported Obama's economic
plans, will come on board as results start to show, he said
in an interview with CNN. "More and more Republicans
will cooperate with him."
Obama "did the right thing" by pushing the $787
billion US economic stimulus bill through Congress, even against
the objections of Republican lawmakers, Clinton said.
"If I were in his position today, I would be doing what
he's doing," he told CNN, according to a transcript of
an interview posted Monday by the network. "This stimulus
is our bridge over troubled waters 'til the bank reforms kick
The package that Obama plans to sign Tuesday will put money
in the hands of people to "survive," and provide
resources for state and local governments "so they don't
have to lay a million people off or raise taxes," Clinton
"I think he's off to a good start," Clinton said
of Obama in a separate interview from Austin, Texas, with
NBC's "Today Show."
"Given the fact that they had to do it in a hurry and
he had to deal with Congress and the inevitable compromises,
I think he got quite a good bill out of this."
Asked his perspective on how the country fell into such economic
hard times, Clinton responded by asking rhetorically: "Did
any of them seriously believe that if I had been president
and my economic team had been in place the last eight years,
that this would be taking place."
Clinton said he had talked to the new president about "nuts
and bolts" issues of the presidency and how to keep things
from "falling through the cracks."
Asked by CNN which president he would most identify with,
"Personally, I'm not sure."
"One guy wrote a book saying that I was most like Thomas
Jefferson, but the times in which I governed were most like
Theodore Roosevelt's. And we had - and the results I received
were similar. We had - he had enormous success. The country
was better off when he quit than when he started."
Clinton was ranked 15th among presidents in the latest C-SPAN
survey of some 65 presidential scholars and experts, moving
up six places from where he stood in an earlier survey in
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