Bill Clinton’s Obama legacy comment offended voters for all the wrong reasons. Most people thought he was talking about the current administration while the former President was was urging people to vote for his wife Hillary.
It was a comment that was potentially dooming to Hillary Clinton’s campaign when he said “if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us,” according to the Washington Post. It was not initially clear if it was an unintended gaffe or something he meant to say, but it didn’t take long for Republicans to seize on it and post the clip to YouTube. Here’s the full quote:
“I literally from the time I met her 45 years ago ’til we talked yesterday, she is the best change-maker I have ever known. She always finds a way to make something good happen, to make people feel empowered, to buy people into the process, to make democracy work the way the framers intended for it to work. Now, if you don’t believe we can all grow together again, if you don’t believe we’re ever going to grow again, if you believe it’s more important to re-litigate the past, there may be many reasons that you don’t want to support her,” the speech read before Bill Cllinton’s Obama legacy comment.
But the Obama legacy quote was actually referring to the Republicans, according to a Bill Clinton aide. As Republicans rushed to get the video of the speech posted on YouTube, the Democrats probably had the last laugh.
“But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that when we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her because she’s the only person who basically had good ideas will tell you how she’s going to pay for them, can be commander in chief and is a proven change maker with republicans and democrats and independents alike,” Clinton said.
“When Republicans controlled the White House, their trickle-down approach drove our economy to the brink of a collapse. After President Obama was elected, Republicans made it their number one goal to block him at every turn,” spokesman Angel Urena explained, adding that the Clinton legacy quote was taken out of context. “That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy, and the American people should reject it by electing Hillary Clinton to build on President Obama’s success so we can all grow and succeed together.”
During her first presidential campaign in 2008, Bill Clinton called Barack Obama’s opposition to the war in Iraq a “fairy tale.” The comment was widely viewed as racially tinged and disparaging about the then-upcoming senator from Illinois.
On more than one occasion, the presidential hopeful had to clean up her husband’s vigorous support and defense, with one political pundit noting that every time Clinton gained traction, he would throw her off her game. She eventually moved him into the background. Eight years later, she might have to do it again after Bill Clinton’s recent Obama comment as it took the focus off her campaign.