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Bill Clinton Could Be President Again, Just Not in America

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05: U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks on stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
I’ll give you ten guesses. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Photo: Alex Wong/2012 Getty Images

After stealing the show at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton is doing his best to one-up this week’s U.N. General Assembly meetings. Speaking to CNN’s Piers Morgan at the Clinton Global Initiative last night (full transcript here), he briefly mulled a return to presidential politics. Except not in the United States — where the 22nd Amendment forbids it — but just across the pond.

There are only two countries I’m eligible to run for the leadership position is if I move to Ireland and buy a house, I can — I can run for president of Ireland, because of my Irish heritage.

And because I was born in Arkansas, which is part of the Louisiana Purchase, any person anywhere in the world that was born in a place that ever was part of the French empire, if you move to — if you live in France for six months and speak French, you can run for president.

However, I once polled very well in a French presidential race. And I said, you know, this is great, but that’s the best I’d ever do because once they heard my broken French with a Southern accent, I would drop into single digits within a week and I’d be toast.

But if anyone can pull off bad, drawl-y French, it’s Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton Could Be President Again