December 10th, 2010
06:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama enlists Clinton to sell tax deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday enlisted former President Bill Clinton to help sell a compromise tax package negotiated with Republicans to reluctant Democrats.

After meeting with Clinton at the White House, Obama brought him to the briefing room to tout the proposal to reporters, even backing off after a brief introduction to let Clinton do the talking and take questions.


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  1. keepstuffingthis

    Isn't this something, this accidental president using a convicted perjuror to sell his crap. If that doesn't instill confidence in Obozo, I don't know what will. Then he had to leave Cllinton at the microphone so he could go to a PARTY. This president is a worse nightmare than I thought he would be. Did you hear his comments about the Chinese Nobel Prize winner, he praised himself for gosh sake. Somewhere in Kenya, a village wants its idiot back.

    December 10, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    House Democrats declared Thursday they opposed the package because it would extend the lower Bush-era tax rates for millionaires.
    Well that's a lousy excuse. There are plenty of millionaires making less than $250,000 a year. And then there are plenty of people making more than $250,000 a year who are not millionaires. Why not just call them all billionaires?!? Sounds better!

    But when you get right down to it, any tax increase will hurt the economy we all live in. Isn't that the real issue here?

    December 10, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. New Age Independant

    I think the deal is probably a good idea. That being said, I think Obama has lost the respect of the people. If he has to resort to Bill Clinton to take questions for support, he cannot be considered a leader in today's world. This is by far the weakest President I have seen in many years. It would have been better to elect Hillary over Obama, even with all the negatives associated with that presidency.

    December 10, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Albo58

    Only the Dimwits hold a convicted perjurying rapist in esteem!

    December 10, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Boycotts Work

    Another sellout to the right wing Corporate Scumbags.

    December 10, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Sorry Clinton, but it makes no sense to add $700 billion to our debt in order to continue to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. Claims that it will create jobs simply don't add up when we consider the past 8+ years that those tax breaks failed to create jobs. And this nonsense about estate tax (it is NOT a death tax!) needs to be put to rest! The estates have to be pretty huge before taxes must be paid on the windfall incomes and good estate planning can even reduce those taxes considerably. Oh, boohoo for the ultra wealthy at a time when our middle class is disappearing.

    Good for Sen. Sanders! We need more common sense heroes like him. Let the tax cuts expire if Republicans continue to insist that the wealthiest 2% of Americans must have huge tax cuts or they'll pout like children and block little things like Treaties, defense funding and other legislation that they feel is less important than taking care of their rich donors.

    December 10, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. Skru-Face

    I wish people could learn to work together. Our country is slowly falling apart and the majority of us are too busy fighting over our differences instead of fixing the issues at hand. Before long things will be beyond repair. Then we are all screwed. Wake up America!

    December 10, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. Gaylon Barrow THE UNBIASED THRUTH!

    Bill, the only thing I would back, is that Obama get the hades out of the White House. Even if I agree with the tax plan this is a show that Obama is not any leader, especially no one big enough for this nation. Please get him outta there before he destroys us.

    December 11, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. suebon

    This deal stinks. Hope it doesn't see the light of day!

    December 11, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    The President's departure from the conference clearly showed his frustration and disgust at having to solicit a true progressive to help rally his base.

    But then again, as we all know Bill can be quite long-winded when he is cranked up and it is not he has not done one before.

    December 11, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |