September 21, 2006


It’s the Bushes and Clintons, Finding Common Ground (PATRICK HEALY, 9/21/06, NY Times)

[T]here was President Bush meeting with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, at the Waldorf-Astoria. And there was former President Bill Clinton convening a conference on global concerns at a nearby Sheraton, and listening to President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan chastise Pope Benedict XVI for the pope’s remarks about Islam. And there was the first lady, Laura Bush, giving the Clinton conclave some juice by announcing a new project to deliver clean water to 10 million Africans by 2010.

Mr. Musharraf, echoing an old slogan of Mr. Clinton’s, could have been reflecting the ethos of the Midtown diplomacy — not to mention the Bushes and the Clintons — when he told the conference that in dealing with all religious faiths, “This is a time to build bridges and not burn bridges.”

In truth, it was just another day in the intriguing world of BushClinton (or ClintonBush, if you will): A world in which a Bush presidency begat a Clinton presidency that begat a Bush presidency that may lead to — well, one can speculate.

Jeb Bush presiding over a Senate where Ms Clinton is Minority Leader.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2006 5:15 PM
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