September 16, 2006

BIRDS OF A THIRD WAY FEATHER... (via Kevin Whited):

Laura Bush Aiding Clinton Conference (JENNIFER LOVEN, 9/14/06, Associated Press)

Another member of the Bush family is getting cozy with former President Clinton.

First lady Laura Bush joins the former president as a keynote speaker opening his three-day Clinton Global Initiative in New York next week.

Clinton has famously formed a close friendship with the current president's dad. Clinton has been a repeat guest at the Kennebunkport, Maine, home of George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.

Clinton also sparked curiosity when he was spotted at the White House last month. It turns out that he and the current president were having lunch, something White House aides said they do occasionally. [...]

This year's Clinton Global Initiative is a follow-up to the 2005 event that brought $2.5 billion in pledges to help solve challenges such as the HIV infection in Africa.

The first lady's speech next Wednesday will cover topics such as literacy and education, AIDS and women's rights that she has highlighted in her travels. They include 11 solo trips to 27 countries in the nearly six years of her husband's presidency.

She also is bringing a pledge of her own: the announcement of a partnership between the Bush administration and an American foundation to help provide clean drinking water in Africa _ a key component to improving health on the poverty-stricken continent.

Poor Jimmy Carter, he's already fallen to third best living ex-president and the second president Bush retires in two years.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2006 5:52 PM

--the announcement of a partnership between the Bush administration and an American foundation to help provide clean drinking water in Africa _ a key component to improving health on the poverty-stricken continent. --

Laura can get done what bono can't?

Why don't they just solicit the dem rich for $1m each?

Posted by: Sandy P at September 16, 2006 8:31 PM

Fallen? I thought he was the fifth-best living ex-president before Reagan died.

Posted by: John at September 16, 2006 8:40 PM

James Buchanan has been keeping a chair warm for him.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 16, 2006 9:03 PM

The sad thing is, every year he survives he falls another slot in just about everyone's estimation.

I mean, if the dude had died in 1981, people would probably have warm fuzzies about him, despite his pathetic performance in office.

But now, sheesh. There's a seven letter word that applies to him that begins with with "a" and ends with "e" and in the middle is . . . well, you get it.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 16, 2006 9:59 PM

Don't you mean fourth best, after Bush, Ford, and Clinton?

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 16, 2006 10:45 PM

Ford might be the worst ex-president ever after an awful presidency

Posted by: oj at September 16, 2006 11:36 PM

It's the Simpsons episode with Kang and Kodos, where they are Clinton and Dole, putatively running against each other.

A disgruntled citizen says...

"I'm going to vote for a 3rd Party"

Kang (or is it Kodos?) says, "What, and throw away your vote."

Posted by: Bruno at September 17, 2006 12:59 AM

The Ford administration was the very soul of mediocrity, but Gerald Ford has not gone around in his retirement years subverting US policy, insulting American allies, and acting as an unpaid PR flack for Arafat and Kim Jong Il.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 17, 2006 9:37 AM

He's always tried subverting the GOP.

Posted by: oj at September 17, 2006 10:03 AM

I thought Ford vetoed more bills in 2 years than others did in 4?

Posted by: Sandy P at September 17, 2006 11:10 AM

Ford never had the media rehabilitation effort behind him that Carter has, and was portrayed as a dunce and a klutz so heavily during his two-plus years in office he never had the heft behind him post-1977 to do any serious damage to any institution (They liked Betty way more than Gerry, but she was pro-choice and had addictions many on the near left could relate to on a "been there, done that" level).

The media disliked Carter while in office (ironically in the wake of Clinton because he was Southern and wasn't liberal enough), but he was the only ex-President they had available during the Reagan years, so his titanic intellect and near-Biblical acts of humanitarianism were trotted out as a counter to Reagan and GHWB. They may have regretting stoking his ego and creating the pompous publicity hound who stuck his nose in Clinton's talks with North Korea back in the 90s, but with a Republican back in the White House the Saint Jimmy spin is back in full force, with the media hoping anyone under the age of 40 won't recall what a train wreck he was while in the White House.

Posted by: John at September 17, 2006 12:01 PM

I don't know... subverting the GOP doesn't come close to subverting the interests of the US. In my humble estimation.

Posted by: ken at September 18, 2006 12:33 PM

Same difference.

Posted by: oj at September 18, 2006 12:42 PM