Bill Clinton to Obama: Don’t be so gloomy on economy
In an interview with ABC News, the former president said he likes the fact that Obama does not engage in happy talk when he says “the economy could get worse before it gets better,” and that the $787 billion economic stimulus plan is only a start on the road to economic recovery.
“I’m glad he shot straight with us,” the husband of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
But, he added, “I just want the American people to know that he’s confident that we are gonna get out of this and he feels good about the long run.”
American presidents often have a tendency to talk up the good things about U.S. policy as a way of trying to encourage Americans, but sometimes that can go too far, as evidenced by President George W. Bush’s repeated reassurances about progress being made in the Iraq war when clearly things were going down hill there.
Clinton, as he did when he was president, took a few shots at the Republicans after most of them voted against the stimulus.
“I think there are some of them who really believe that just-say-no politics is good politics,” he said.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (Clinton speaks in Davos, Jan 29)