Unlike many people, Bill Clinton never had to be told to toot his own horn. In the world of personal horn-tooting, the former president is his own Wynton Marsalis.
This was apparent in a recent interview Clinton gave NBC’s “Today” show. Questioned about the recession, Clinton suggested all would be well now if he had been in charge, adding 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?” We must have missed all the unique and effective economic strategies offered by Team Clinton as the economy was slowing down.
At another point in the interview Clinton compared his presidency to Theodore Roosevelt’s. “We had — he had enormous success,” Clinton said. “The country was better off when he quit than when he started.” While it’s true the U.S. prospered economically during the Clinton years, the economy was slowing down as he left office. And we now know the Clinton administration’s limited responses to terrorist attacks emboldened the planners of 9/11, something that wouldn’t have happened on TR’s watch.