Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I don't know if you guys remember but about a month or so ago I mentioned that when I worked as a contractor at IBM I was responsible for making name cards for a conference we were having. When late comers arrived I would run to the printer and make up their cards........
EXCEPTION: two women came in in the midst of the late comers and one was black and one was hispanic and my manager walked up to these two ladies and handed them blank cards and suggested they write their names. Another thing I remember was that there were 3 misspellings of names and I was asked to redo the cards and the three were all white male men. hmmmmmm

I realize that this whole thing started out as the 'Clinton Initiative' but when I saw last night the 'Clinton-Obama' Initiative I thought to myself that it should be......... 'Obama-Clinton' Initiative and when I saw the misspelling of Obama's name it all blew up in my mind and I guess the reason is that OBAMA is our president and even tho ol Billy boy is trying to bring him onboard, he still wants top billing even though he is NO LONGER PRESIDENT............ Who the hell does Bill Clinton think he is......... GOD!!! .......my2cents

Who is 'Barak' Obama and What is he doing at the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting
Former President Bill Clinton hit the talk show circuit on Sunday, defending President Barack Obama’s economic policies, but somewhere between "Meet the Press" and "Face the Nation," someone on Clinton's staff must have forgotten how to spell the current Commander-in-Chief's name.

On the Clinton Global Initiative website a "News Highlight" on the homepage announces taht President Barak Obama will be appearing at the annual meeting for Clinton's foundation, which brings non-profit and private sector money to global problems. The summit kicks of Tuesday.

Other attendees at the Manhattan-based meetings include Mr. Obama's wife, Michelle, Paul Farmer and Eric Schmidt. All fared better, with no misspellings in their names.

While we can safely assume this typo was just a simple mistake -- first noticed early Monday morning -- it was yet to be fixed by around 11:30 a.m. The two presidents have gotten along well since rumors of a rift following the aftermath of the 2008 Democratic primary, meeting for lunch and other meetings in New York City and elsewhere.

Other featured speakers include Former Secretary of State Madeline Albrecht, NBC News special correspondent Tim Brokaw, and Microsoft Founder Bill Gatts.

I watched the first minute of this and could not bring myself to watch the rest...... Personally I think the Billarys are murderers and should be held accountable for WACO and Ruby Ridge. (Lots more too) How can 'WE' ever trust these people knowing what they've done to America's citizens? ......cal

Bill Clinton Clinton Global Initiative -President Obama -Sarah Palin video

Clinton Obama Initiative
Video Transcript:
BOB SCHIEFFER: But first, the former President Bill Clinton. Mister President, thank you for coming. Welcome to the broadcast. This week, you are bringing together business leaders, world leaders, thinkers from ninety countries. I think the last I heard forty sitting presidents and prime ministers from around the world. All getting together to talk about with your Clinton Global Initiative, the most serious problems facing the world and how we can take action against them. You've had some remarkable successes with this over the years. But, let me just ask you first, what do you think you'll be concentrating on this year?

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, this year we'll be focusing a lot on the economic challenges facing people all around the world, including in the United States, and what if anything, the private people who come here and the non-governmental groups can do. And I think you'll see some interesting commitments coming out that affect America--how to create jobs from clean energy in the United States, without any kind of particular involvement from the government, how to train more people to take jobs more quickly. You know the last Economic Report; unemployment rate showed that posted job openings are going up twice as fast as job hires in America. That's not happened coming out of a recession in my lifetime. So we're going to respond to problems in America. And then we're going to look at that around the world to see what we can do and especially what we can do to help girls and women participate in the revival of the economies of their own countries and get a fair share of the education. We-- as always, we'll have a lot of emphasis on education and on bringing the benefits of technology to people who don't have them. So-- and-- and I think, you know there will be a lot of interesting side effects. Terry McAuliffe, a man you know, is bringing two electric cars to the Clinton Global Initiative, because he went to China and bought two electric car companies and is moving them to America to manufacture cars, a thousand of which he's already sold in Denmark. And it makes the point that we can bring manufacturing back to America and put people to work doing that too.

BOB SCHIEFFER: You talk about concentrating on some of the problems in this country. I think a-- a report that really gave a lot of people pause this week when it came out that one American in seven, now lives in poverty. That's more than ten percent of our population. How do we do something about that, Mister President? How did we get to that point?

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, first of all, if you go all the way back to the early seventies, when we began to globalize the financial system without globalizing the economy, without any global economic and social supports--inequality has been increasing as finance gets more and more-- any country's economy and basic business and manufacturing gets less, it concentrates well at the top. That's been happening for forty years. In my second term is the only four-year period in that time where the bottom twenty percent of working people's incomes in percentage terms actually went up slightly more than the top twenty percent. But even then the top one percent did the best. And the middle class has been squeezed. In this-- the last eight years before President Obama took office, before the financial meltdown, forty-three percent of the benefits of the decade went to ten percent of the people. I mean ninety percent benefit went to ten percent, forty-three percent to the top one percent. So the middle class has been squeezed. And then we had this total collapse and people had their credit cards maxed out. They didn't have any savings. Any they could easily fall into poverty. Now the American peoples are trying to save more. They're trying to get back together. But when we come out of this, we have got to have a strategy for building a middle-class economy, which includes creating more jobs and you have to know where are they? They're in small business, manufacturing, and clean energy. Getting financing, where is the money? The banks have enough money to make-- well, they have 1.8 trillion dollars in cash reserves, so they can make in theory eighteen trillion dollars in loans. Corporations have 1.6 trillion dollars in their treasury. And then we've got to train people to do the jobs. There are just too many jobs where the skills mismatch is there. Then is second thing we have to do is to figure out how to deal with these crises that are killing the middle class. You've more than ten percent of the American people living in houses that are worth less than their mortgages, and lots of other problems. It's-- it-s-- we need a whole strategy to revive the middle class. And I-- I worry that we're living in a climate where there's a lot of name calling, a lot of labeling, a lot of, you know, bad mouth the government or bad mouth big business but people don't talk about what are we going to do to turn this around? We've got to get out of the immediate crisis we're in that started in 2008, and then we have to realize there is a long-term trend here that can only be overcome through education and the creation of more jobs and a-- and a more balanced economy in America.

BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. I want to-- I'm going to ask you a little bit more about that in a minute. But I-- I do want to talk about some of the-- the politics of the moment right now. And this is this whole Tea Party thing that's going on. It-- it's sort of the right end of what you have talked about kind of this general frustration and anxiety out there in the country. But what do you make of it? Some Democrats say it's a civil war going on in the Republican Party. Some Democrats think it's a good thing for Democrats. What's your take on it?

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I'm not sure it's going to be a good thing for Democrats yet. We don't know. I-- I think that-- first of all, the Tea Party insurrection, if you will, that you see in these Republican primaries reflects the feeling of a lot of Americans that they're getting the shaft. That the people who-- who caused these problems--first of all, the-- the banks that were responsible for financial meltdown, they've gotten well again. And, everybody's got money again who's in that business, but ordinary people don't. Then they think the government that didn't exercise appropriate oversight. Everybody, they've still got a job and health insurance and can make a home mortgage payment and can send their kids to college and they can't. So there is a general revolt against bigness, which in the case of the Republicans is always directed more against the government than the private sector. It's totally understandable. The thing that bothers me about the Tea Party movement is two things. Number one, according to the profiles and the studies that have been done, it's being bank rolled by people who want to weaken the government, so that there will be even more account-- unaccounted for private concentration of power. And that's what got it us in the mess we're in the first place. And the second thing that bothers me is that it's hard to know where they stand on these specific issues. Do they want to repeal the Financial Oversight Bill? Do they want to repeal rather than reform the health care thing? Do they really want to repeal the student loan reform bill at a time when we've fallen from first to twelfth, in the world, in the percentage of our people with college degrees and it's really important to the economy? And this student loan reform for the first time allows everyone to pay their loans back as a percentage of their income. We need-- I don't know where they stand, but I get why they're popular.

BOB SCHIEFFER: I-- I would also bring up that it's not just in the Republican Party that there is some dissatisfaction.


BOB SCHIEFFER: There is dissatisfaction within your party, the Democratic Party. I want to ask you, what do you think is happened to President Obama? He comes in to office, there are very high expectations. He has the big support among independents, a lot of Republicans I think also voted for him. And yet, now we see his approval rating is less than fifty percent. We see that there are all these things going on around with him. Eighteen percent of the people think he's a Muslim. A-- a large percentage of people think he wasn't even born in this country. I guess what I'm asking you is how does he get his groove back, because he seems to me to have lost it.

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, I think, first of all, we have to give our friends in the Republican Party their fair share of credit. I think when President Obama was in the Senate bef-- for a while before he started running for president. He built some friends among the Republicans. They did some things together. When he got elected the first thing he said was, "I don't want any investigations into the Bush years. I want to go right ahead. We want to get this country moving again." And he kept thinking that he would find some partners in the Republican Party. And he didn't. And it was clear that Mister Boehner and Senator McConnell and-- they weren't going to vote for any meaningful health care bill. They weren't going to support any student loan reform that the banks didn't like. They were going to oppose the Financial Oversight Bill. We got a couple of Republicans for that. And I think he was shocked at the intensity of the Republican opposition. But they learned from my first two years that if you just say no, even though people hate it, you get rewarded for it, because it discourages the Democrats and it inflames your base. So they're doing just what they did in '93 and '94. And, so far, it appears that they're being rewarded for it. And I think that it-- it-- it disoriented him for a while. He just kept trying and kept trying. I also think he believed that if he accomplished a lot on the legislative front that would be reflected in a better political climate. But the problem is there's a huge lag time once you get in a deep economic hole between digging out of it and having people feel it. And so, I think, you know, look, Bob, if the unemployment rate were five percent, we wouldn't be having this discussion. I don't think. They'd still be the--

BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): Well, let me just--

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: There would be the conservative critique that he was for too much government but we'd be in better shape. So I think he is getting his groove back now. He's still fighting for specific things on small business and manufacturing and all the stimulus money that hadn't been spent--clean energy stuff. And he's out there combating the opposition now. Maybe that'll make a difference. I think it will make some difference. And I think we'll do better. But the Democrats should focus on-- people only hire us when things are messed up. They'd much rather hear the Republican rhetoric than ours. We only get hired when the country is in a mess.

BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): Let me-- let--

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: So the Democrats should focus on what we're going to do.

BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Let me just ask you, because you mentioned 1994. That is, of course, when the Republicans took the House and Newt Gingrich came to power in the House. A lot of people said that that's also when your administration finally began to focus and get some things done. You were having your problems going into that election. You lost a bunch of seats in the House. But after that, you did things like welfare and NAFTA. You got some tax cuts in. You balanced the budget. Would it be good for him in-- in a way if he-- if he lost the House and the Republicans came to power and had to share some of the responsibility here?

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Well, I think it would increase his chances of being re-elected. Whether it would be good for the country or not, I don't know. But see-- you just said that's part of the-- the narrative. But, yeah, we passed a Balanced Budget Bill. But it was easy to pass the Balanced Budget Bill, because ninety percent of the deficit was reduced by the budget that only Democrats voted for in 1993, that the Republicans beat them for.


PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Because the-- because that's what reversed trickledown economics. That's what put the country on a whole new course. It was that budget and the people who got beat were the people who voted for it. I'm worried that we're going to beat lot of people now who voted for a lot of the policies that will bring this country into the 21st Century. And then we'll have a Congress that won't support building a green economy anymore.


PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I mean-- I-- that-- that's the thing that really bothers me. I think that, yeah, we got a lot done. And I like working with Newt Gingrich. And I could deal with all the shenanigans they pull, but I-- but I hate to see the people who are more likely to generate manufacturing and small business opportunities and more likely to train the American people to do the jobs that are open and more likely to deal with the remainder of the mortgage crisis thrown out of office.


PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: And I don't know how it'll play out. BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Mister President, I'm sorry we have to leave it there. But we do. The clock ran out. We'll be back in one minute. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Thank you.

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