Former President Bill Clinton is notoriously known for his charm, wit and uncanny ability to insert himself back into the national spotlight. He most recently did this when he referred to Governor Mitt Romney’s business record as “sterling” and suggested that Romney was qualified to run for president.
Despite campaigning for President Obama, Clinton may have just given himself a tangible boost in the polls. During a recent fundraiser for the president, Clinton casually reminded those in attendance that he was the one who presided over a surplus and an economic boom in the 1990s.
His reminder seems to have worked.
Today, some relatively good news for the nation’s 42nd President has emerged. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, voters trust Clinton over Obama when it comes to the handling of the US economy. Roughly 55 percent of voters who were contacted via telephone expressed their opinion that Clinton had a better judgment on the steps that needed to be implemented in order to turn the economy back in the right direction.
I’m relatively sure a sly smile would come across Bubba’s face if he was to see this poll. After all, he probably doesn’t think too fondly about the current occupant of the Oval Office. I’m quite positive there is some bitter resentment lingering over the 2008 Democratic primary season where Bill overwhelmingly thought Obama was inexperienced and premature in his political career to consider a campaign for the presidency. Alas, who can forget the infamous conversation between Clinton and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D- MA) over Obama’s presence in the Senate in which Clinton referenced Obama serving them coffee?
Clinton probably thinks his popularity will stay high for quite some time because he believes he is the last good Democrat left with bragging rights. As the first Democrat to be re-elected since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Clinton feels he has cemented his place in history as a game changer.
Clinton looks and feels comfortable on the national scene – he brings about a vibrant presence that is sure to upend whoever may be near him.
I believe Clinton senses a universal disdain for Obama, and seeks to capitalize on it. In my opinion, the poll conducted is acutely accurate. Even individuals who were not fans of the Clinton years are longing for a time machine to take them back to his presidency to escape the economic woes caused by the current administration.
How long will Clinton’s popularity last? It’s hard to tell, but as long as president Obama’s decisions are looked upon sourly and if there is a hesitant reaction to the GOP’s agenda, Clinton will look like an economical guru.