Breaking: Bill will actually answer questions now on Obama!

posted at 12:25 pm on June 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

This weekend, Bill Clinton declined to answer media questions about his support for Barack Obama.  According to the AP, Clinton has finally decided to speak well about his wife’s rival for the nomination — three weeks after Obama all but won the contest.  Team Obama seems rather excited to have Bill on board:

It’s not clear what Obama might ask him to do. The campaign wasn’t specific when asked. But an Obama spokesman said the former president will “play a big role” in uniting the party.

So far, that “big role” hasn’t included any contact between Barack and Bill.  According to aides, neither has rushed to contact the other.  Perhaps Obama figures that Bill needs to “get over it” before they see each other again.

Seriously, would Bill help or hurt Obama at this point?  Hillary may do more good than Bill; the majority of the negative campaigning came from Bill, and the abrasiveness he showed on the stump for Hillary won’t soon be forgotten.  Even beyond that, Bill demonstrated a real lack of talent on the stump in this cycle, haranguing dissenters and blowing up at reporters.  And that was when he supported his wife.  How much worse can he get with even less motivation?

The 1992 version of the Bill and Hillary show dazzled, and the 1996 version was perhaps even more impressive.  The 2008 version has already destroyed one campaign that looked inevitable.  Does Obama want a sequel to this version on his side?


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Yeah, he behaved as badly as he did when it reflected on his wife. How is he going to act when he’s campaigning for the guy that “stole” his wife’s nomination?

amerpundit on June 24, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Connivingly, I hope that Bill is smart enough to know how he hurt Hillary and is smart enough to do it to Barry as well.

beatcanvas on June 24, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Former President Clinton said through a spokesman Tuesday that he is committed to helping Barack Obama become president

MSNBC sees its 12th Imam.

mymanpotsandpans on June 24, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Go Bill! And take Barry down with you.

BacaDog on June 24, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Bill Clinton will start repeating Obama’s fairy tales.

Sounds more grim than Grimm.

Steve Z on June 24, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Oh gee, The Bubba Billy and B.O. Show!

“yawn”

Stop my feet from dancing.

pilamaye on June 24, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Don’t let the media get you down, Bill. To the mattresses, just like in Hillary’s campaign.

Slublog on June 24, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Maybe the old dog need to get out and do some doggin

Kini on June 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM

It’s all a big self gratification ‘party’ with the leftwing minus the Vaseline. Or maybe not…

tx2654 on June 24, 2008 at 12:48 PM

“I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I did not say that the race card was played on me by that man, Mr. Obama. I never told anyone that, not a single time, never. These allegations are false and I need to go back to work for the American people.”

Akzed on June 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM

It’s not clear what Obama might ask him to do.

Go up to check on the condition of the Phoenix Mars lander, maybe?

Cicero43 on June 24, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Seriously, would Bill help or hurt Obama at this point? Hillary may do more good than Bill; the majority of the negative campaigning came from Bill, and the abrasiveness he showed on the stump for Hillary won’t soon be forgotten. Even beyond that, Bill demonstrated a real lack of talent on the stump in this cycle, haranguing dissenters and blowing up at reporters. And that was when he supported his wife. How much worse can he get with even less motivation?

Ed, do you really think all of Clinton’s media flubs this year on the campaign trail are gooing go get anything more than a cursory mention if he hits the stump for Obama? Remember, the only reason Bill was called out between January and June by the big media outlets was because he and the missus weren’t liberal enough in their eyes.

If he campaigns for Obama, everything negative written and spoken by the big media in the past six months goes down the memory hole, and Bill becomes again the same magnetic, scintillating speaker the media said he was from 1992 to 2007 (never mind that other than his Monica monologue, nobody can remember key phrases from a single speech Bill Clinton ever gave).

jon1979 on June 24, 2008 at 1:07 PM

I just spent a minute thinking of the potentiality of a Billy Jeff campaigning for the Messiah. Me thinks it will be a debacle. BJ didn’t want his wife outdoing him; I think he will relish Obama in the White House even less. He could not stomach BO being a more popular ex-pres than himself. Since he sabotauged his wife’s campaign, I don’t find it a stretch to believe he will attempt the same with Obama’s.

HawaiiLwyr on June 24, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Sounds more grim than Grimm.

Steve Z on June 24, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Brilliant!

Entelechy on June 24, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Another exit question

Is Bill just doing this for the Obama Girl?

Guest1.1 on June 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM