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Ear to the Ground

Clinton, Obama and the Politics of High School

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Posted on Aug 27, 2008
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The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at all the petty, childish and absurd reasons Bill Clinton and Barack Obama don’t get along. Among them: Not enough “phone calls on a somewhat regular basis.” Of course this is probably one of those minor rifts that the media exaggerate for the sake of ratings. Remember how Hillary Clinton was supposed to lead a rebellion at the convention?

Washington Post:

When the former president takes the convention stage tonight on the eve of Obama’s historic nomination, seizing however briefly the undivided attention of his party and the nation, he intends to do what is expected of him, according to many friends and associates, and try to convince the public that Obama has the toughness and wisdom to be commander in chief. But though the speech might be as important to Clinton as it is to Obama, those close to him say he will deliver it with lingering feelings of estrangement that have surprisingly little to do with the fact that Obama defeated his wife in the primaries.

“Obama does not like Clinton, and Clinton knows it,” asserted one longtime Clinton adviser, a refrain that several compatriots repeated almost word for word, though occasionally in stronger terms.

[...] Clinton associates, long familiar with his habits and rhythms, say it would take little more than phone calls on a somewhat regular basis to keep him satisfied. Attention has always been Clinton’s lifeblood. “We all know that he wants to be loved. Just call him. Call him any time of day or night,” said one associate. “Talk to him about anything. Talk to him about the Olympics or what he thinks about a certain congressional district or even about the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. Obama could even put the phone in a drawer and just let President Clinton talk away. It wouldn’t take much. It could be so easy.”

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By Outraged, August 28, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Re: jackpine savage

Your comment: “Full disclosure: i had an uncle Buddy…and he did live in a trailer for a while. But he was a crazy old pollack.”

LOL, that’s a great story, you could be president!  Anyway, that reminded me…I had an “Uncle Buddy” too.  Although, I’ve never met MY “Uncle Buddy”, he died either when I was a very young child or before I was born, I forget.  However, I too have an “Uncle Buddy” story, although sadly, I don’t believe he lived in a trailer.

Once as I was getting a little older (12-13yrs) we were camping and while my dad was out fishing and of course we were sitting there with nothing to do, camping gets real boring after dark when you’re a kid.  My mom related this “rhyming tune” to us, that she said her brother (MY “Uncle Buddy”) learned during one of HIS camp outings with the boy scouts. (And oh, this was hush, hush, in her day, terrible things for “kids” to be saying.)

“Peter Murphy, Peter Murphy sitting on a rock,
Along came a bumblebee and stung him in the,
Cocktails, cocktails ten cents a glass, if you don’t believe me take a sweet whiff of my…
Assssk me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies,
“John” (your friends name of course really goes here) got hit with a pail of shit for stealing lemon pies.

Anyone one else have an “Uncle Buddy” story…?

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By samosamo, August 27, 2008 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment

Maybe this is obama’s hoping he gets in office and starts undoing and repairing the damage from both the 8 years of clinton and the next 8 years of w. 16 years of shit and there are still people that just think things will get better in a little while.
But we ain’t there yet.

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By jackpine savage, August 27, 2008 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

[referring to his less than stellar convention speech in 1988] He blamed aides to nominee Michael Dukakis for junking up his speech and minimizing its importance by keeping the house lights on.   See, it wasn’t his fault.  So very Clinton.

And Obama never had an “uncle Buddy” who lived in a trailer.  How much does that explain?

Full disclosure: i had an uncle Buddy…and he did live in a trailer for a while. But he was a crazy old pollack.

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