“[The Republicans] refused to back the president in his support for state and local government, and that has allowed 670,000 teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others to be laid off…If they had supported the president, the unemployment rate would be 7.3 percent instead of the current 8-plus percent.”
As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.
Note: As the Post points out, Bill Clinton’s quote in the film is “He took the harder and the more honorable path. When I saw what had happened I thought to myself, ‘I hope that’s the call I would have made.’” Which is, you know, way different than what Rove implies.
With the passing of Vaclav Havel on Sunday, here is a candid image of the former Czech president with Bill Clinton. The two friends are having dinner and a beer with Madeleine Albright and others at the Golden Tiger Pub in Prague. 1/11/94.
Thanks to John, one of our archivists at the Clinton Library for locating it in the holdings and including this note, “I wanted to send you a cool image that shows the wonderful relationship these two leaders shared.”
Clinton Library photo ID: P11302-15a
Oh hey, we totally have an article about this trip!
The two leaders shared a love of jazz, and Havel surprised Clinton with a gift: a tenor saxophone. “It was a time of hope,” Clinton says. “Havel gave me this tenor sax. He told me that under the Communists, Czechoslovakia had to make all the saxophones for the Warsaw Pact. But now, he said, we will have to compete, and I hope we are up to it.” The sax, Havel pointed out, no longer carried a Communist insignia, but rather the symbol of Havel’s movement: OF, for Občanské Fórum or Civic Forum. The O contained a whimsical smiley face, a wry, self-deprecating wink at the pretensions of power.
Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling pick their must-have books of the holiday season. Upon reviewing Clinton’s list, Mindy said she would have chosen more “PhD-friendly books.” That’s just silly…
Watch the clip (and hear Ann Curry say ‘semen’) and check out their book selections below:
Mindy Kaling’s list
- “11/22/63” By Stephen King
- “Bossypants” By Tina Fey
- “Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson” By Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson
- “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness” By Gwyneth Paltrow
- “Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty” By Andrew Bolton
- “The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel” By Laura Lippman
- “The Marriage Plot: A Novel” By Jeffrey Eugenides
- “Look I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany” By Stephen Sondheim
- “The Art of Fielding” By Chad Harbach
- “What to Wear, Where: The How-to Handbook for Any Style Situation” By Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power
Bill Clinton’s list
- “Jerusalem” By Simon Sebag Montefiore
- “Lincoln” By David Herbert Donald
- “Meditations” By Marcus Aurelius
- “The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century” By David Fromkin
- “The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes” By Seamus Heaney
- “One Hundred Years of Solitude” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa” By Adam Hochschild
- “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” By Robert Wright
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PS. If nothing listed above is doing it for you, here’s our Holiday Book Gift Guide.