November 4th, 2010
05:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Blitzer: Will Obama follow Clinton's 1994 playbook?

Washington (CNN) - Watching President Obama react to what he called his "shellacking" in the midterm elections had me remembering then-President Bill Clinton back on November 9, 1994 - the day after he and his fellow Democrats lost control of the House and the Senate.

I was then CNN's Senior White House correspondent and I vividly remember attending Clinton's news conference. Like Obama this week, he was humble in defeat.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • President Obama
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  1. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Well if it's a playbook of the 90s, we can surely expect Obama to give into all republican demands, only to have the republicans continue to call him names and try to make up frivolous attacks to throw him out of the office anyway. Reagan never compromised with opposing democrats in Congress, why should Obama extend that courtesy to republicans?

    November 4, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Peter E

    Obama has already compromised quite a bit in these last two years. He gave tax cut after tax cut to all, including extending the Bush tax cuts that he was supposed to repeal upon taking office. He let republicans write about three quarters of the health care bill, giving up the public option and fattening the republicans insurance buddies' pockets, only to have republicans vote against it any way out of spite. He didn't close Guantanamo. He continued Bush's international policy to the letter. He gave in to the republican amendment to increase gun rights into national parks. He compromised all his policies away!
    It is republicans who refuse to compromise. Unless they get all they hiss and whine and say they weren't listened to. Oh, and they want to be in power to get the credit. Otherwise they'd even oppose bills they wrote 100% of.

    November 4, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Chipster

    He probably will because Democrats tend to try to accomplish whatever they can but it would likely be better to simply let the Republicans do what they are determined to do: deregulate every industry at the expense of the environment and the American people, dismantle Medicare and Social Security, privatize the Veterans Administration and turn it over to Halliburton, Drill-baby-Drill, and run the deficit as high as they'd like. Let the American people have what they voted for or failed to vote against. We can go back to losing 500,000+ jobs per month.

    First and foremost, when the Republicans vote to raise the Debt Ceiling, veto it! Tell the to CUT SPENDING like they promised!

    November 4, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Liam

    Clinton is smarter than Obama but then Clinton is smarter than most people. I doubt seriously unless he brings Clinton in as a consultant Obama will do as well. Clinton spent years as a governor in a conservative state and was used to negotiating so like all things Obama it will be a first time thing in which he will fail miserably. Unless it is a gift for public speaking you cannot compare Clington and Obama. If Obama does not learn he will become irrelevant late term like Carter.

    November 4, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    Bill Clinton is smart politician time to time Obama take some points from Bill Clinton book but he don’t follow fully
    Past two years strong Hillary supporters defending Obama aggressively time for Obama to listen who defend him

    November 4, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "We can go back to losing 500,000+ jobs per month."

    Nah. That won't happen. Corporate Amurika is just waiting to start hiring again until we're so downtrodden, filthy and starving that we have to take whatever they'll give us. Purposefully causing cyclical recessions thru bubble economies is their tool for assuring that middle-class salaries never have to change...well, unless they can get them to go down that is, which they may hav achieved this time. It's their answer to the federal government enforcing employee rights, allowing unions, creating OSHA and establishing laws regarding benefits,minimum wages, etc. etc.

    November 4, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    << PREVIOUS Does Obama get it?..... NOW » Blitzer: Will Obama follow Clinton's 1994 playbook?

    President Obama GETS IT!!! There's NOTHING to GET anymore!!! Does the media GET IT??? Unfortunately NOT because they are already PREDICTING what they want to happen in the FUTURE – LQQK at the PREVIOUS POST for Instance!!

    If President Obama is going to use Clinton's "PLAYBOOK" – the RepubliCAN'Ts are already COMBATING that and WILL NOT let it work!!!! So why would President Obama USE Clinton's PLAYBOOK!!!!!????? The RepubliCAN'Ts have ONE thing in mind – IMPEACH OBAMA!!!! For what???? Just get rid of him because they are still sticking with the "WATERLOO PLAN"!!! The American people will lsee through this – and the RepubliCAN'Ts are going down in 2012!!!

    We GET IT – Half of the American people GET IT who did not vote for the RepubliCAN'Ts!! Even MOST of the other HALF of AMERICANS who voted RepubliCAN'T GETS IT!!

    Does the FAR-RIGHT "Get It"??? Palin, Bachmann, Paul, Quayle, Scott (FL), Boehner, McConnell, you know the others are NOT going to run this country!!!

    This is T'SAH – Out of Campaign Mode and N2 Moving America Forward with President Obama AND bringing the CORRUPTION/OBSTRUCTION and PROPOSAL with EMPTY SOLUTIONS to the front!!!

    November 4, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. the real ib

    Obama won't work with anyone unless they agree to His Agenda and I don't think that will happen. America just sent Obama a wake-up call I only wished he would realize it.

    November 4, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Chris

    I am sorry, but I really don't understand what you folk’s i.e...Pundits don't get regarding this election. This is not about the President’s policies, I sorry I just don't see it that way. I say this was about folks sick of politicians not doing what the leader of said party wants!!! The President was voted in the office by a sweeping majority because of his platform and for all intense purpose he has done most of it. The problem was the Democrats who held a majority in the both the Senate and the House and not passing exactly what the man wanted!!! Those idiots were basically, fighting each other while the Republicans knowing they were not going to vote on anything he wanted sat back and watch them shoot themselves in the foot!! Classic!! So the perception the American people saw was a group of people who were fighting amongst themselves looking like idiots!! So like I said a year ago if the Democrats don't get together they will be voted out and it happen. So this notion of this was an election against the President is stupid!! Wake up!! So now the Republicans continuing this sound bite and again when you keep saying crap like that folks believe it. To be honest the President was right in not taking this as a shot on him and his policies it was not!!

    November 4, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Indiana Voter

    I love seeing all the Democrat liberals on this site cry, rant, and try to make excuses over why they lost. People don't like your policies and the majority pointed that out big time on Tuesday. Much like his idiot followers, Obama will not get it either as to why he lost the house.

    November 4, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |