1:41 PM, June 25th, 2012

Bill Clinton Warns About Supreme Court Ruling Against Obamacare

“[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.”

2:30 PM, March 22nd, 2012
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.

Karl Rove: Why is everyone making a big deal out of this Osama bin Laden killing thing? [Washington Post, sourcing Wall Street Journal] (via producermatthew)

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. 

Reblogged from Matthew Keys
4:05 PM, December 21st, 2011


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!

Reblogged from Our Presidents
2:00 PM, December 20th, 2011
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.
Paul Begala reflects on Vaclav Havel, playwright-turned-world leader, with Bill Clinton (and Madeleine Albright), including this great moment in smiley face history.
12:05 PM, December 20th, 2011


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

  1. “11/22/63” By Stephen King
  2. “Bossypants” By Tina Fey 
  3. “Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson” By Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson 
  4. “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness”  By Gwyneth Paltrow 
  5. “Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty” By Andrew Bolton
  6. “The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel” By Laura Lippman 
  7. “The Marriage Plot: A Novel” By Jeffrey Eugenides 
  8. “Look I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany” By Stephen Sondheim
  9. “The Art of Fielding” By Chad Harbach 
  10. “What to Wear, Where: The How-to Handbook for Any Style Situation” By Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

Bill Clinton’s list  

  1. “Jerusalem” By Simon Sebag Montefiore 
  2. “Lincoln” By David Herbert Donald
  3. “Meditations” By Marcus Aurelius 
  4. “The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century” By David Fromkin
  5. “The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes” By Seamus Heaney 
  6. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa” By Adam Hochschild
  8. “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” By Robert Wright 

Today in Brilliant Programming Pairings.

PS. If nothing listed above is doing it for you, here’s our Holiday Book Gift Guide.

Reblogged from I'm With Kanye
2:29 PM, June 21st, 2011

Andrew Hetherington (middle), who shot this week’s Bill Clinton cover, poses with the former president after the shoot. “Picture with the President time…is always factored into his schedule.”

6:24 PM, June 20th, 2011

Dan Stone on Bill Clinton’s ideas for ways to save the economy, and the difference now being that we know these ideas, like retrofitting buildings, have worked.

(Source: link.brightcove.com)

11:00 AM, June 20th, 2011

"It’s Still the Economy, Stupid”

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