In a very long New Yorker profile of President Bill Clinton- titled ``Bill Clinton's quest to save the world, reclaim his legacy-and elect his wife'' by writer David Remnick, the former president at one point muses on presidential politics--and on the prospects of Sen. Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat.
click below for excerpt where Clinton praises Obama but warns him about timing.
This comes as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the New York Democrat, is gearing up a 2008 presidential run, with her campaign to come out from behind the shadows after she wins, as expected, a second term in November.
For now, she is the only top tier 2008 Democratic White House potential candidate. If Obama got in---that changes the dynamic. In some ways, because of Obama's surging stature--Obama is Sen. Clinton's biggest possible rival.
Yes that's a lot of ifs....
Meanwhile......Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) foot-in-mouth stumbles--the latest getting defensive when asked about this mothers' Jewish heritage---which comes after he used a disparaging word to describe someone who has roots in India-- has put the Virginia senate race in play.
Wednesday night, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) stumps for the Democratic challenger, Jim Webb in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington. In the afternoon, Obama talks about “Energy Independence: A Call for Leadership,'' in a speech that is part of a series sponsored by sponsored by MoveOn.org. Obama wrote a foreword to MoveOn.org's new book about the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
from the Remnick article......
``Later that night, Clinton invited everyone travelling with him, along with the heads of the foundation staff in Rwanda, up to his suite for dinner. At first, he talked about his meetings with some of the survivors of the genocide, but pretty quickly he seemed eager to talk about more distant subjects: wind and solar power, the frustrations with the Gore campaign in 2000 ("But he won, that's crystal clear to me"), and Barack Obama, who he thinks has the intelligence and the toughness necessary to be President but has to be careful about running too soon-"like John Edwards."
Posted by Lynn Sweet on September