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Bush and Bubba Reveal that They Did Something Obama Probably Never Does

A fascinating revelation here from two very different former presidents. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sat down together for a Clinton Foundation event in Washington, D.C. earlier today as a kick-off to their Presidential Leadership Scholars program. In discussing their opposites-attract style of friendship, President Clinton said that while Bush was in the White House, he would call up Clinton at least twice a year “just to talk.”

We’d talk — depending on how much time he had, because he was busier than me — somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes for several years,” said Clinton. “It meant a lot to me. We never talked about it in public. We talked about everything in the right world. He asked my opinion. Half the time he disagreed with it, but I felt good about that.”

Can you imagine Obama picking up the phone and calling President Bush “just to talk”? Neither can I. It’s pretty clear that he uses his “phone and pen” for the exclusive purpose of abusing his power. Obama’s ego is such that he’d never seek the advice or input from another president, but that wasn’t the point that Clinton was making here. The presidency can be a lonely place, as Obama himself frequently laments. I’d imagine that the only people who can possibly understand the stresses of a current president are former presidents. Perhaps taking a note from Bush and Clinton here is exactly what Barack needs in his final two years in office. Unfortunately, he’s created such a negative space between himself and all of the former presidents that it’s hard to imagine that ever happening (though I’d certainly forgive him for not wanting to phone Jimmy Carter). For all of his sweeping rhetoric and yearning to be loved, Barack Obama is actually a loner who would much rather golf alone than be forced to talk to anybody else, even if it’s simply a friendly conversation between himself and someone who just might understand his stresses.

At any rate, it was great to see Bush and Clinton laughing together on the same stage. Here’s one more highlight:

Ah, good old Dubya. He really cracked Bubba up with that one. Do you miss him yet?

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Matt Fox

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Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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