Late Night Open Thread: Former President Clinton At The White House

Former President Bill Clinton was hanging out with President Obama talking about all kinds of things we are not at preview but I can tell it was nothing like the South Carolina moment. In fact, it appeared from watching the Press Conference they have been chatting and comparing notes about how bad the other lost their house majority in the mid-term elections.

I can imagine the former President telling President Obama, how lucky he is that he lost only 63 seats and how bad he would have lost had it been that he was White. :-)

President Obama was gracious in his introduction:
I just had a terrific meeting with the former President, President Bill Clinton. And we just happened to have this as a topic of conversation. And I thought, given the fact that he presided over as good an economy as we’ve seen in our lifetimes, that it might be useful for him to share some of his thoughts.
Well, the former President did not miss a beat as he was at ease and right at home laying that skillful framing and teacher like narration, talking about the tax cut compromise worked out between President Obama and Congressional Republicans:




FULL TRANSCRIPT of the Press Briefing.

My Friday Night Humor take on top and the Quotes of Former President Clinton from the Press Briefing today:


I am not about to lie to you. I like this deal. Republicans are my new best friends even though they are idiots and they don't care about 98% of Americans.
I have reviewed this agreement that the President reached with Republican leaders. And I want to make full disclosure I make quite a bit of money now, so the position that the Republicans have urged will personally benefit me. And on its own, I wouldn’t support it because I don’t think that my tax cut is the most economically efficient way to get the economy going again. But I don’t want to be in the dark about the fact that I will receive the continuation of the tax rates.
Shit, it took two years for these dumbass Republican's to understand what bipartisanship means...
"the agreement taken as a whole is, I believe, the best bipartisan agreement we can reach."
He knows what he is talking about taking the better deal. Take your Christmas Present now cause you ain't getting any soon.
"Democrats should act now because "I don't believe they can get a better deal by waiting."
Rand Paul is coming into town...be very afraid...
"The numbers will only get worse in January in terms of negotiating"
I may look old but my mind is still sharp and I know the fuck I am talking about...Krugman got nothin' on me...
one thing I haven’t seen much about in the reports, this agreement will really help America over the long term, because it continues the credits for manufacturing jobs related to energy coming in to America. And I’ll remind you, just in the last two years, there have been 30 high-powered battery factories either opened or presently being built in America, taking us from 2 to 20 percent of the world’s share of that. And we’re going to probably be at 40 percent by 2014. This is a really important thing, bringing manufacturing back to America, because it’s a huge multiplier to create new jobs.
Feckless Republicans...if only they had reached out to me like they did with this first Black President:
I thank the Republican leaders for agreeing to include things that were important to the President.
After all the President had done bailing them despicable creatures, they are still holding on to their cash while the America people are struggling...
ultimately the long-term answer here is to get the $2 trillion, which banks now have in cash reserves uncommitted to loans, out there in the economy again, the $1.8 trillion in corporate treasuries not now being invested out there in the economy again.
On the START Treaty...I can see Russia from my House...
This is something that is profoundly important. This ought to be way beyond party. They’ve worked very hard. They’ve worked out, in my opinion, the details. And I hope it will be ratified.

The Former President was to say the least gracious and witty not to mention sharp as ever. If you have time watch the video, do so. You won't be disappointed.
FULL TRANSCRIPT
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BTW, The START Treaty Has Votes for Senate Ratification, Lugar Aide Says
Supporters of a new U.S.-Russia nuclear-arms treaty negotiated by President Barack Obama said they have the 67 votes needed for Senate ratification as two more Republicans announced their backing.
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I guess the Republican Party was only using 9/11 for political reasons. Shoot that is a revelation...wink, wink!
9/11 responders bill defeated by Senate GOP filibuster
Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.
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Well, it is late night in Washington but enjoy your weekend.