Bill Clinton: Nixon Really Intrigued Me — So Smart, Talented. . .

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This is an interesting little clip of Bill Clinton discussing Richard Nixon with Elvis Costello.
When I helped organize a major Nixon Center conference in Washington in April 1995, Bill Clinton keynoted the event — and I could sense his admiration of and intrigue about many aspects of former President Richard Nixon.
I think it would be interesting for Barack Obama — who is proving to be more Nixonian than many of his fans thought possible — to speak for the Nixon Center next year and to share some insights into what his “Nixon Goes to China” efforts might be.
— Steve Clemons

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8 comments on “Bill Clinton: Nixon Really Intrigued Me — So Smart, Talented. . .

  1. wow gold says:

    viewed Nixon’s foreign policy.
    But again, your comment was so vague that if stated differently (“Obama is more willing to split the difference that his supporters had hoped” or “Obama http://www.wowgold-powerleveling.com like ever other politician can talk a good game but when it comes to making tough choices some principles are bound to be sacrificed” or … I would be clear what you’re saying.
    What I most objected to was that through

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  2. Wang says:

    Speaking of Bill Clinton:
    It is opined that Bill Clinton committed racist hate crimes, and I am not free to say anything further about it.
    Respectfully Submitted by Andrew Y. Wang, J.D. Candidate
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993
    (I can type 90 words per minute, and there are probably thousands of copies on the Internet indicating the content of this post.)
    _________________
    “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Off the top of my head—it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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  3. ed says:

    Nixon : Clinton ::
    Kennedy : Bush, Jr.

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  4. DavidT says:

    Steve,
    I am aware that you are a fan of Nixon’s foreign policy. I am too. But to say that Obama is proving to be “more Nixonian than many of his fans thought possible” doesn’t sound like a compliment to Obama’s supporters or the president elect however one viewed Nixon’s foreign policy.
    But again, your comment was so vague that if stated differently (“Obama is more willing to split the difference that his supporters had hoped” or “Obama like ever other politician can talk a good game but when it comes to making tough choices some principles are bound to be sacrificed” or … I would be clear what you’re saying.
    What I most objected to was that through your vagueness you could make a comment that most people would consider pejorative yet claim innocence when someone (like me for example) calls you on it. That to me is ad hominem.
    However if there is a compliment in there, Steve, perhaps my eyeglasses aren’t strong enough since I’ve had trouble seeing certain things of late.
    Thanks again for your gracious reply.

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  5. Steve Clemons says:

    DavidT — I am a fan of Nixon’s foreign policy work, while he was President and at the end of his life. There was nothing ad hominem in my referencing Nixon in discussing Obama. Thanks for the note though. I write a lot about Nixon and others — if you want to understand more of my thinking, just search back in the archives. But your points, while interesting, are off key and misrepresent my views and approach, which I stand by. best regards for the holidays, Steve Clemons

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  6. DavidT says:

    Steve,
    You are a specialist a vague ad hominem attacks. What do you mean that Obama has displayed Nixonian tactics. Your link to your plug to Senator Hagel explains nothing. Yet your suggesting that Obama has been “Nixonian” even if you worked at the Nixon Center to most people is not a compliment. I thought this was not a place where ad hominem attacks were welcome. Yet I see a number of other ad hominem vagueness (referring more than once to Gates out-Cheneying Cheney which I am clueless as to what that means — that he has a gay daughter but makes an issue if other political figures bring it up, or that he takes pride in his hunting with Supreme Court justices, or that he reads too many unfiltered intelligence gatherins???).

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  7. Paul Norheim says:

    TB, I think Steve loves to tease us, provoke reactions, just like he
    did in the post about bringing out Obama`s “inner Nixon”, that
    he linked to above.
    TonyForesta, JohnH, Rich, Arthur, Caroll & POA, where are you?
    Steve just ordered more rants against Nixon!

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  8. TB says:

    Bill Clinton discussing Richard Nixon with Elvis Costello.
    Wait, are you serious?
    That sounds like the punchline to a Karnak The Magnificent joke.

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