Let me finish tonight with that incredible American scene from late Friday: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, together in what I’m convinced is the most vital political alliance in the country. Obama and the Clintonsm, Hillary and Bill both, have forged a political bond that is working for the country, for the Democratic party, and for them. It was forged initially in Denver at the Democratic National Convention in the summer of ‘08, that rousing festival of unity and excitement. It was upgraded with the high drama of Obama asking Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State, an offer backed up by Bill Clinton’s strong endorsement. He wanted her to accept, seeing both the opportunity, the duty, and, no doubt, the global stature she would attain. Then came the 2010 campaign. The President’s people wanted help in three vital states for 2012: Florida, Ohio and Colorado. They asked Bill Clinton to hit those states and he did. The former president spent his additional time on the stump traveling for candidates who helped Hillary in 2008. Then came this past Friday. Bill Clinton arrived at the White House, met with the president. From there the two headed to the Presidential briefing room to meet the press. There, Bill Clinton gave a full-throated endorsement of the bi-partisan compromise on taxes President Obama had struck. When President Obama felt he’d spent enough time making his points, he left the lectern to Clinton, quite a show of political confidence in his predecessor and in himself. Clinton, a master of detail, hung in there, obviously enjoying the moment, but also showing he has indeed, been spending an hour a day on economic issues, as well as his loyalty to Obama and his program. Even the cynic must see in this Obama-Clinton alliance the best kind of politics. Once president himself, Clinton knows the duty and power of politics. He knows that certain realities just need to be accepted if you’re going to continue leading the country. He knows, too, that President Obama must succeed for his party to succeed. He knows that even if Hillary has foresworn any desire to pursue electoral office again that the best bet for her in 2012 is a good record for Barack Obama ‘til then. The great fact of today’s politics for Obama and the Clintons is their “profound” need for each other.
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