Bill Clinton said today that he is ‘eager’ and raring to go and hit the trail and campaign for Obama whenever the presumed Democratic nominee needs him. Bill also said that he has not given any thought to whether he wants to speak at the party convention in Denver. (I think Bill should speak the first night and Chelsea should introduce Hillary on the second night).
“I told him that whenever he wanted me to do it, I was ready, and so it’s basically on their timetable,” Clinton said. “He’s got a lot of things to do between now and the convention, of which this is simply one, so I’ll do whatever I’m asked to do, whenever I can do it.”
Relations between Clinton and Obama have only just begun to d-e-f-r-o-s-t since Obama defeated the former president’s wife in the bruising Democratic primary. Throughout the race which was more like a street fight, Bill Clinton portrayed Obama as too inexperienced to be president.
Since Obama clinched the nomination, it has remained an open question as to what role Bill Clinton would play in the campaign.
Just weeks ago, Obama called the former president to ask for his help in winning the White House.
At a news conference for his foundation’s work, Clinton said he had not thought about whether he would like to be a convention speaker. Typically former presidents get a prime-time speaking spot at the party gathering.
Clinton said he had a “good talk” with Obama on the phone and is eager to get out on the road for him.
Clinton also was asked whether he had spoken to the Rev. Jesse Jackson regarding the crude off-air remark Jackson made about Obama in what he thought was a private conversation during a taping of a “Faux & Friends” news program.
Clinton said he had not spoken with Jackson, but added that Jackson was right to apologize to Obama for the comments. He also was a bit sympathetic.
“If all of us lived on live mics, then 100 percent of us in this room would be embarrassed from time to time,” Clinton said.