Bill Clinton Briefly Takes Us Back to a Time of Peace and Prosperity

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After Bill Clinton met privately with President Obama at the White House today to discuss the Bush tax cuts, both men emerged in the White House briefing room to give statements to the press. Then this happened:


But after Mr. Clinton began taking questions, the current president excused himself, saying that the first lady, Michelle, expected Mr. Obama’s presence at one of the many holiday parties that presidents host during the month of December.

“I’ve been keeping the first lady waiting,” Mr. Obama said, excusing himself.

“I don’t want to make her mad,” Mr. Clinton said. “Please go.”

And with that, Mr. Obama departed, leaving Mr. Clinton to continue his extended conversation with the media. The image on the television screen - of Mr. Clinton at the White House, behind the official podium - had a time-warp quality to it.

Ah, nineties. If only.

Bill Clinton Holds Court in Impromptu White House News Conference [Caucus/NYT]