September 17th, 2010
09:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton has advice for Obama

 Former President Bill Clinton has some advice for President Obama.
Former President Bill Clinton has some advice for President Obama.

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton, himself no stranger to a difficult midterm election environment, has some advice for President Obama:

Make a better case to voters about what he's done in the last two years.

"I'd like to see the president go around the country and explain it just like I did, say we've stopped digging," said Clinton on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday.

"And then talk about what we need to do now," continued Clinton, whose party suffered massive defeats in the 1994 midterm elections. "How we are gonna get out of this. How America's best are days ahead. How are we going to reduce the role of government in the economy and have a private sector that works again."

The former president, who said today's economic conditions are like those of 1994 but "on steroids," also proposed three initiatives the president should pursue:

"So these are the three things you need to do," he said. "Focus on where the jobs are – small business, manufacturing, and clean energy - figure out how to loosen the money and banks and corporations, and train people to do the jobs that already opening. The cheapest and quickest thing to do is the last.

"Have you said this to him?" Stewart said to laughter, adding later, "I don't know if that was a Jedi mind trick, but I believe you."


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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Disappointed American

    Reduce the role of government in the economy? Did Bill Clinton forget who the president is? Here is a reminder, it is Barak Obama, the one who believes that government should be in charge of all aspects of the individual's life.
    Let's face it though, Bill Clinton is no fool and he knows that people are fed up with big government and that is why he gave this advice. He wants Obama to wear teh shep's clothing and not be so bold in implementing his big social genda.

    September 17, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. veggiedude

    Clinton is right. And what is happening now is very similar to when he was president. Even the hate spawned on Obama is similar to the hate spawned on Clinton.

    September 17, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Our ancestors left Europe to get away from "social and religious" dictators - where do we move to now?

    September 17, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. john

    Yes, but the trick is to catch Obama when he's not on vacation.

    September 17, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Old snarky from the Arkie,the job seller himself,hahaha

    September 17, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. jeff, alabama

    So......basically Clinton is telling Obama to talk like a
    Republican.
    This problem could have been solved if America had just voted
    for a Republican to start with.
    Liberals = slowww.......learners.

    September 17, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. maljazur

    The Democrats should be able to translate the lunacy on the right and their legislative successes into victory in November. If they are too spineless to stand behind all their hard work, they deserve to lose. Unfortunately, we do not deserve to be subjected to the idiotic, extreme crazies that may replace them.

    Man up, Democrats! We have your backs!

    September 17, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    Make a better case to voters about what he's done in the last two years.
    =================================================

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!! Obozo has been on the TV CONSTANTLY and giving speeches NON-STOP!

    The problem is NOT the delivery of the message! THE PROBLEM IS THE MESSAGE! The American people have seen and heard enough about Obozo to know what is going on and they do NOT like it!

    If anything Obozo needs to shut up and actually do some real work!

    Why do all these clueless politicians always think the problem isn't THEM?!

    September 17, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Scott in NH

    The problem is that we've bailed out our largest corporations (GM, Banks, etc.) to keep the economy from going into depression, and that worked, but we've thrown all the small businesses under the bus. Many of America's small business people have been ground into pulp and nothing has been done to help them. Now many are unable or unwilling ton continue, and our future medium and large businesses come from small business.

    September 17, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Phillip Bias

    oh please take bubbas advice, no one knows better than he how to loose a mid term. so please listen to the idiot. besides i want to here the obamanation tell people that he knows better than they do and they where stupid to know whats good for them. when america says dont do it and you use every cheating and dishonest way you can to pass a bill in the middle of the night and hide the truth behind closed doors. so please do exactly what bubba says

    September 17, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. willona

    Obama can't do that, (explain himself ) He does not know what to do or where to turn.
    Clinton that is bad advice. Obama just needs to retire immediately.
    Get out of the way and let the country go forward. Get the government out of the way.

    September 17, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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