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. jpmichigan

    Obama is no Bill Clinton. Only thing in comon, is that they both are Democrats. Obama came into office with an ideology agenda, which was for his good and not the good of the American people. Obama has shown that what the American think or need from their President is of no concern to him. He'll go down in history books and the next to the worse president, putting Carter in first place.

    September 17, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is succeeding, just like Clinton did, and the Republicans know this. They are trying to white wash the fact that George W. Bush is the worst president in history. When this country realizes the truth, it will be too late.

    September 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. obamaboo

    The best thing he needs to do is go on vacation the longer he is out of the whitehouse the spending we have

    September 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Bill Clinton is a very smart man, savy politician, Obama should heed his suggestions. Something is missing in Obamas communication.

    September 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Richard

    So President Clinton wants President Obama to go into campaign mode when there are better uses of the president's time? President Obama would better serve the nation by doing the work, rather than talking about the work he's going to do and what he's done. The President will waste plenty of money in 2012 campaigning on the taxpayer's dime.

    September 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. bailoutsos

    Sure wish America would quit giving expresidents millions in taxpayer money. They already make milions on the talk circuit.

    September 17, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. LicenseToSteal

    How can you tell the people that you are going to reduce government when not only is Obama for bigger government, but Obama has increased government by thousands of jobs. Let's face it, Clinton and Obama are two different kinds of Democrats. One is a moderate and the other is a far left socialist. I will let you decide who is what.

    September 17, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. dan smith

    Figure out how to get the banks and financial institutions to loose the money? Really? You mean the way you did in the nineties by giving loans to people on welfare and people that couldn't possibly pay the loans back. That's what caused this whole mess to begin with you idiot.

    September 17, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Independant Vet

    Make a case of what he has done ? Lied to the public, put more workers out of work , tells you , if sick , you must die, for get the veterans, now an past, took 362 day's a year vacations, got bow a plane, broke all records Deficit in 19 months than 43 Presidents Combined, shot a few whoops . An has proved that an Illegal can become President.

    ? Must be something that nobody else knows about, or was it that he had answered the phone a couple times while he was having sex. Throw Bow a bone .

    September 17, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. November 2010

    Yes, definitely run on what you've done to our country in just less than two years. No wonder all your democratic colleagues who are up for election are avoiding you like the plague.

    September 17, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Jesus

    I would think that Bill could offer worthwhile advice on how to manipulate a cigar in mixed company. Short of that, he ought to be relegated to playing golf. As I thought many years ago, Hillary is the brains behind that duo. Bill is just a wild eyed little boy who never grew up.

    September 17, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Carolyn E Powell

    You dont have to dig its hollow it will come to you

    September 17, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Sam

    Admittedly all good advice, EXCEPT for one thing: Barack Hussein Obama genuinely does not want to "reduce the role of government in the economy and have a private sector that works again." Obama wants to EXPAND and GROW the size of government in all areas of our lives. He's never known any different. His upbringing, his career choices, his decisions in life and his dark agenda for our future are not shared by the silent moral majority of Americans. Obama is THE most openly socialist, anti-business president in the history of this fine republic. While Clinton's advice is probably earnest and well-intentioned, Clinton and Obama are like apples and oranges. Clinton was a moderate. Obama is a far-left radical hell-bent on transforming the nation into a progressive euro-socialist welfare-warfare state. Is this the 'change' we voted for?

    September 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Take America Back: from Texas

    " How are we going to reduce the role of government in the economy and have a private sector that works again." Quote from Clinton.
    Good luck on getting Obambi to go along on that one!
    I think all you Liberal Left should just keep on listening to Bill Clinton.....like telling Congress to push ObamaCare through.....How's that working for you??? Bill is doing nothing less than sitting up Hillary to run in 2012!

    September 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    Yes!!! Please go around the country and remind tax paying Americans how you have passed your ultra liberal policies that are bankrupting our country even though the majority of Americans were against most of them!!! I believe that Clinton is delirious or he is trying to take the Dems down further so Hillary can run against you in 2012.....

    September 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. j

    That`s why the Repubs HATED him ----– He could cut thru their BS and explain in a way you not only understood, but supported.

    September 17, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. mtrought

    Bill, its one thing to motivate people its another thing to tell them lies. Obama has been forthright. Things are likely to get tougher before they get easier. What you are suggesting is for Obama to go back to old style politics- the feel good speeches. Bill, think again, because you are going against the grain here. Take a reality check, Obama promised to be as honest as he could cost it what it will – you are asking him to be that old style politician that he pledged to move away from. Not good thinking Bill

    September 17, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Expat American

    President Clinton would be the one to listen to at this time. It's an even more hostile environment than in 1994; as the lunatic SS fringe of the GOP didn't rear its ugly head to the extent that it has now; then again, President Clinton's father wasn't African either....

    September 17, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Russ

    I hope Obama watches The Daily Show!

    September 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Dale

    Obama only plays to his own fiddle. He thinks we are all idiots. He will be replaced because he would rather go down swearing he was right than to admit je was wrong. Terrib.e president and definitely not qualified

    September 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Steve

    Clinton has got to be kidding! He wants NObama to go around the country and explain to the American people (1) what we need to do now; (2) how we are gonna get out of this. How America's best are days ahead. (3) how we are going to reduce the role of government in the economy and have a private sector that works again.

    1 – NObama has no idea what's best for this country. He is hellbent on destroying this country.
    2 – NObama's policies are NOT going to get us out of this mess; they are going to put us deeper into the abyss.
    3 – NObama has no intention of "reducing the role of government in the economy"; that is so contrary to NObama.

    September 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. D Lewis

    Clinton's joking right? If Obama goes around showcasing what he's done for the past two years – they'll run him out of town – well, they need to do that anyway. The man has done not one positive thing in the two years he's been in office. What a joke.

    September 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Jerry V Clevinger

    I agree with former President Clinton. All we have to do is look back and remember what was going on during the last term of the Bush. adminstration Hard not to forget that.

    September 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Duke

    GOOD advice, concentrate on POSITIVE ideas NOT appoint MORE Goverment workers

    September 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Obama doesn't want your advice, Bubba – he's far to egotistical to take constructive criticism.

    One other thing, Bubba – isn't appearing on the Comedy Channel a bit beneath a former President? Just askin'....

    September 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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