Former President Bill Clinton is recovering this week after being hospitalized for a heart procedure on Thursday. The former President was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital to have a procedure in which doctors inserted two stents in his heart that helps clear the coronary arteries while also allowing for greater blood flow to the heart. The operation came six years after the former President had a quadruple bypass, and after feeling some discomfort this week doctors felt that tests and the procedure was needed to clear a blocked artery. Adviser Doug Band stated that the former President is now recovering at home, is in excellent health, good spirits, and could possibly even get back to work by Monday.
The President was visited by his wife and current Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, and left the hospital a day after the procedure with a clean bill of health by doctors. This is good news for the Former President not just from a health perspective, but also because it will not slow down his tireless work ethic and humanitarianism. Getting back to good health is vital for the busy former President who is not only coordinating Haiti relief and support efforts but is also working within his foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative on many other humanitarian issues and philanthropy efforts across the globe. The former President even entered the hospital taking a conference call regarding Haiti relief efforts but was forced to give up his phone in order to have the procedure. This shows, if nothing else, that even something as important as heart surgery cannot slow the former President down from trying to make a difference.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are spearheading a fundraiser relief effort for Haiti at the request of President Obama. While Bush said he doesn’t miss the spotlight, he says he believes his role post presidency is to use his resources to help where he can. He believes the immediate goal for the relief effort is to save as many lives as possible and then develop a strategy from there. Bill Clinton said that his role Post Presidency is not to tell the current President [Obama] what to do but to show up and help when asked to do so. Together they should be able to raise a significant amount of money and resources for Haiti. It’s a very unique situation to see them working together. However, despite the fact that they do not always agree on everything, they’ve always considered each other good friends. In this particular case, they do not have to worry about choosing political sides since they both agree that the right thing to do is help Haiti in every way possible.
Read more about Bush, Clinton and gain a perspective from Clinton’s counselor, Doug Band, on the collaboration of the two by following the embedded link to the NY Times article.
Clinton Urges Passage of Senate Health Care Bill
Author: Associated Press – WASHINGTON
Source: Tricityherald.com, Thursday, December 17th, 2009, Clinton Urges Passage of Senate Health Care Bill, Retrieved on December 17th, 2009 from http://www.tri-cityherald.com/918/story/833968.html
Former President Bill Clinton says failure to pass a health care bill now would be a “colossal blunder” for the Democratic Party and the nation’s economy.
In a statement, Clinton rebuffed calls from Howard Dean and other liberals to kill the Senate bill. He said that while the legislation doesn’t contain everything everyone wants, “America can’t afford to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Take it from someone who knows, these chances don’t come around every day. ”
He alluded to his own failed effort to overhaul health care in the early 1990s. He said the country is at a crossroads and inaction would lead to more uninsured Americans, higher premiums, bigger federal deficits and crippling health costs.
‘News Watchers’ Give Clinton Highest Marks in Obama’s Administration
Author: Bruce Drake
Source: Politics Daily, Posted: 12/16/09, ‘News Watchers’ Give Clinton Highest Marks in Obama’s Administration, Retrieved December 16th, 2009 from http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/12/16/news-watchers-give-clinton-highest-marks-in-obamas-administra/
Here’s a different twist on polling. The Clarus Research Group conducted a poll Dec. 7-12 that homed in on “news watchers,” people who follow the news closely or very closely. It found, when those surveyed were asked to rate Obama administration officials, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton topped the list, which included the president himself.
Clinton got a job approval rating that was 75 percent positive compared to 21 percent negative, which included positive marks from 57 percent of Republicans.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates was second with a 69 percent to 20 percent ratio. Obama trailed them at 51 percent to 45 percent.
Lessons from Clinton
Author: Political Wire
Source: Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, December 10, 2009, Lessons from Clinton, Retrieved December 10th, 2009 from http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/12/10/lessons_from_clinton.html
Matt Cooper reviews The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch and concludes that Bill Clinton was a more principled politician than he’s given credit for being.
In addition, the book is “is more than just a portrait of a president in real time. It is a stark reminder of other facets of Washington life that haven’t changed since the Clinton era, particularly the capacities of a right-wing message machine and a unified GOP bloc in Congress. It may be less potent than it was in the days of Whitewater, but it certainly still exists. The book also reminds us of the sheer limits faced by Democratic presidents who must clean up after Republican messes and try to corral their own atomized party. The insights here are as useful for understanding the Obama years as they are the Clinton years, and one hopes David Axelrod or others around the President find the time to thumb through a copy.”
Clinton Backs Coakley
Author: Political Wire
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, December 7th, 2009, Clinton Backs Coakley in Massachusetts, Retrieved on December 7th 2009 from http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/12/07/clinton_backs_coakley_in_massachusetts.html
With voters heading to the polls in Massachusetts tomorrow to select U.S. Senate nominees in a special election, Bill Clinton has endorsed Martha Coakley (D) in a robocall used to target Democratic primary voters, the Boston Globe reports.
The Fix: “Clinton’s support is consistent with his recent pattern of rewarding political loyalty — Coakley was an early endorser of then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid. Bill Clinton is the most high profile endorser to make his preference known in the special and his support of Coakley may well be aimed at stifling any last minute momentum for Rep. Mike Capuano who was endorsed by former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis and Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey over the past week.”
Clinton’s Favorite Thinkers
Author: Political Wire
Source: Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, December 3rd, 2009, Clinton’s Favorite Thinkers, Retrieved December 3rd, 2009 from http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/12/03/clintons_favorite_thinkers.html
In an interview with Foreign Policy, former President Bill Clinton gives his recommendations for the “smartest, most penetrating” thinkers.
In addition to three New York Times columnists — Paul Krugman, David Brooks and Tom Friedman — Clinton notes Malcolm Gladwell “has become quite important. The Tipping Point was a very good observational book about what happened and how change occurred. But I think his last book, Outliers, is even more important for understanding how we all develop and for making the case that even for people we view as geniuses, life is more of a relay race than a one-night stand by a one-man band or a one-woman band. I thought it was a truly exceptional book.”
Clinton also names Robert Wright, “the guy who wrote The Evolution of God, The Moral Animal, and the book he wrote in the middle, which had a huge effect on me as the president, Nonzero.”