Monday, September 22, 2008

Bill Clinton gets it

Not being sarcastic - he really does. But then he always understood how to relate to small town/rural America:

Bill Clinton said Monday he understands why Sarah Palin is popular in the heartland: because people relate to her.

"I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there," Clinton said. "Why she's doing well."

Speaking to reporters before his Clinton Global Initiative meeting, the former president described Palin's appeal by adding, "People look at her, and they say, 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family. I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married.'"

Clinton said voters would think, "I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful children. They're wonderful people. And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy."

Palin, the governor of Alaska, became an overnight star when Republican presidential candidate John McCain tapped her for his running mate. Her family, including her Down syndrome baby, Trig, her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, and her husband, Todd, four-time winner of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, have garnered intense media interest.

"I get this," Clinton said. "My view is ... why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don't we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?"


Anonymous said...

tis response is exactly why i always liked the clintons.
compare to our current dnc leadership. can't understand why anybody still want to be associated with them.

Drake 8 said...

It just goes to show that the left wing of the party was right to hate Clinton. He's not one of them.

They're having hissy fits, and he's clearly impressed with her.

Jadis said...

I have to say, I'm impressed - Bill showed more class with that statement than I thought he had.

Forum moderator said...

I think he meant it too. It had the ring of authenticity to it

John McCain Shirts said...

Clinton is a pro at making peace. Hes doing the right thing, make people focus on policy and then MAYBE just MAYBE shell talk to the press before her debate with Biden.

They are too worried shell screw up a response since she couldnt even handle the question from a friendly town hall member.

The press should pull all coverage until she talks to them.