I was wondering if the bitter Bubba would let go of his extreme dislike of Obama and turn around and support him. Today, he did:
(WASHINGTON) — Former President Clinton said through a spokesman Tuesday that he is committed to helping Barack Obama become president, his first comments in support of his wife’s former rival since their primary ended three weeks ago.
Relations between the last Democratic president and the candidate who wants to be the next one are still frosty ï¿½ they still haven’t spoken in the aftermath of the heated campaign. But Bill Clinton extended an offer to help in a one-sentence statement from spokesman Matt McKenna.
“President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next president of the United States,” McKenna said.
It’s not clear what Obama might ask him to do. The campaign wasn’t specific when asked.
“A unified Democratic Party is going to be a powerful force for change this year and we’re confident President Clinton will play a big role in that,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
Bill Clinton will not be attending the unity rally Friday between the two former rivals Friday in New Hampshire. McKenna said the former president is in Europe this week to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, give speeches and work for the William J. Clinton Foundation.
I think the fact that a very short statement was issued not by Clinton, but instead a spokesman, and the fact that the two still haven’t met up nor spoken is an obvious indicator that things are still quite frosty between the two.
Think we’ll be seeing any Obama/Bubba campaign stops anywhere in the near future? I know there is a public appearance scheduled for Friday with both Hillary and Obama in the town of Unity, NH (cough) but I have to wonder if the former prez. will consider doing anything more than show tepid support for the man whose campaign he once called a “fairy tale.” Bubba’s still bitter, and Obama likely doesn’t want anyone on the same stage with him who can out-dazzle the crowds.