November 30th, 2007
09:37 AM ET
7 years ago

Bill Clinton in an Obama Administration?

There is a place for Bill Clinton in an Obama administration.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama has become increasingly critical of presidential rival Hillary Clinton as the primaries draw near, but when it comes to the New York senator's famous husband, Obama has nothing but praise.

In an interview with Time Magazine that hits newsstands Friday, the Illinois Democrat said he'd offer the former president a job in his administration "in a second."

"There are few more talented people," Obama said.

Obama's comment follows heightened attacks on Clinton over her assertions that the White House experience she gained during her husband’s administration forms a valuable part of her qualifications to hold the office herself.

"I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work that I’ve done," Obama said in an interview with ABC earlier this week.

Obama's mantra of 'change' is often interpreted as an implicit criticism of the politics of the Clinton administration, but the Illinois senator has generally refrained from direct swipes at the former president himself.

(A rare exception came during a light moment on the campaign trail last weekend, when Obama took Bill Clinton to task for saying during his 1992 presidential bid that he had smoked marijuana, but never inhaled.

"I never understood that line," Obama said, to laughter from the crowd. "The point was to inhale. That was the point.")

In the same interview with Time, Obama also said he would be happy to offer Al Gore a position in his administration tackling climate change issues.

"He has been working on this for decades," Obama said. "The country and the world caught up to him."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Darrel @Lone Rock Iowa

    Obama don't nail your foot to the floor with slick willie!!
    Your much much better than that

    November 30, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Marie VanDyke Royal Oak Michigan

    i said all the time the man is a flip flopper ..bill is hillary husband he wants bill but thinks hillary cant be president,,is this guy playing with a full deck

    November 30, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. KS, Texas

    This is worse than an attack ad. Why would you want him in your cabinet Obama....BECAUSE YOU'D HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF.

    Bad move Bill. But then again, you've always made bad moves. Hillary should kick your....

    NOT OBAMA '08

    (If this gets posted....I'll be AMAZED!)

    November 30, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Even Hillary's husband likes Obama better! You Obama haters need to get a grip! Everything this guy does only shows his diversity and the ability to work with people even in the midst of competition and opposition. I guess the problem so many of you are having with him is that he displays...ummmm humanistic behavior!!! He's actually a real human with feelings, emotions, and rationale...not a programmed political robot! Wake the hell up people!

    November 30, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. stan pitts pa

    Obama has enough people on hand to work for him in his administration, as he has said he is gonna reach out to republicans and democrats alike to form a strong cabinet, he doesnt need bill, when hillary loses bill just might need him.

    November 30, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    "Bill Clinton in an Obama Administration?"

    Why yes! See him right there, next to all of Obama's pretty young female campaign workers??

    "Whuts yer name, hunny?"

    November 30, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Slick Willy could run Internal Affairs...

    Al Gore would be in the Dep't of Energy....

    Sandy Berger could run Security..

    Great Team!

    November 30, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Lo, Pittsburgh, PA

    Has anyone noticed how condescending Obama has become in the last month?

    November 30, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    If you are a supporter of Hillary I guess Obama would seem arrogant. But the reality is that no one is more arrogant than Clinton.

    She's married to one of the most arrogant people in the world. One who thought having an affair while in the White House was more important than protecting his legacy and his party from scandal. She's got a chip on her shoulder, and it shows.

    To Clinton supporters: Why do you think Obama is rising in the polls? Because he lacks experience or because he does have the experience and judgment needed to be president from day one?

    Are people in Iowa just plain stupid, and that's why Obama's support is rising and Hillary's support is static? Or is Obama simply better presidential material than Clinton and the truth is being learned in Iowa?

    December 1, 2007 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  10. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    JD, des moines, iowa, "Obama will never get elected" is true statement.
    Ken, San Diego, Obama lies for his propaganda, I agree with you we should vote Hillary and take back TWO CLINTONS White House, great idea. Elizabeth, Chicago, IL, what a great remark by you. Obama supporters don't care about our Country's future, they just care about ignorant and insulting Michelle and sexist political stunt.

    December 1, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  11. stan pitts pa

    JD, des moines, iowa, "Obama will never get elected" is true statement.
    Ken, San Diego, Obama lies for his propaganda, I agree with you we should vote Hillary and take back TWO CLINTONS White House, great idea. Elizabeth, Chicago, IL, what a great remark by you. Obama supporters don't care about our Country's future, they just care about ignorant and insulting Michelle and sexist political stunt.

    Posted By Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky : December 1, 2007 4:52 am

    wow dude take a chill pill, its ok to support your candidate ok thats what america is all about, i just dont get why you are so mad at obama supporters, they defend their candidate at every turn, which is good, shows they beleive in him and care about this country, at least obama inspires them enough to go out and vote when the time comes, your rants on her are borderline racist, i can almost smell it, relax God bless, obama 08!

    December 1, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Joe, FLorida

    Obama is out of Bill's League.

    Bill is too good!

    December 1, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. RuthieM

    Obama will get the nomination. Obama will win the election. It cracks me up how the media asks questions the candidate has to answer and when the candidate gives the answer it is written as if the candidate volunteered the question when all he did was answer the question, like this one about Bill Clinton in an Obama administration.

    December 1, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. s. backlund

    Did Obama notice that it was only the Iowa Caucas he won? "A defining moment in history" might describe a NOMINATION of the first Black candidate for president, but surely not little old Iowa's primary! This man is a little ahead of himself, in my opinion. Yes, it was a good speech-for someone who just won a presidential election! He reminds me of a little boy who is unsure of himself, so he pets his ego a lot. And scoffs at those who question him. Scoffing is something that does not go over well–just ask Al Gore. Maybe the rest of the campaign will teach him humility. He wants to be known for it, but he does not embody it–yet.

    January 14, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
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