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Former president Bill Clinton talks with The Post's Hamil Harris about the tone of the primary campaign and the Barack Obama challenge. The interview was conducted Sunday outside the Temple of Praise Church in southeast Washington, D.C.

Read Harris's story about the interview.

(washingtonpost.com video)

Posted at 5:19 PM ET on Feb 10, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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Bill Clinton maybe an ex-president, but he has no credibility in talking about unity. He was the one who masterminded the divisive tactics for Hillary. He complained about men piling on poor Hillary. He complained about blacks voting for Obama since he is black. He introduced gender into his wife's campaign. People will unite without his say in it. People of this country don't need an impeached lying ex-president to tell us how we should be. His days were over in the 90s. He should be thanking the people for not throwing him out of office.

Posted by: MaryHiggins1 | February 12, 2008 12:40 PM

I agree with maq1, and I certainly hope that Obama wins the Democratic nomination and Hillary Clinton doesn't manage to steal it away from him (i.e. Florida / Michigan, super-delegates, and keep in mind all those cacuses -- cauci? -- have not officially bound delegates for Obama yet ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2008 12:04 PM

To Democrats,

Please stop ignoring the considerable constitutional issues that come along with another Clinton presidency. White it is not impermissible under the constitution for a former president to be a presidential spouse in the White House, it was NOT contemplated by the framers of the Constitution. I believe the framers of our Constitution would be very troubled by the prospect of a free wheeling "co-president" in the person of Bill Clinton in the White House - an certainly high level policy maker whose authority and powers are not circumscribed by law. Regardless of your political views, please consider that this WAS NOT FORESEEN, and is NOT ADEQUATELY COVERED BY LAW. Bill Clinton, as first spouse, would be free to cloak himself under the veil of executive privilege WITHOUT ANY LEGAL OVERSIGHT or limitations on his activities. If you thought Dick Cheney abused presidental powers, you aint seen nothin. By electing Clinton, you would be placing Bill Clinton right in the middle of a HUGE legal black hole. This is uncharted territory in a legal sense, and it is a cause for concern for anyone that cares about the Constitution.

Posted by: maq1 | February 10, 2008 11:27 PM

It took 12 years to recover from the 1994 mid-terms.--Thanks, Bill. Why would anyone with more than a couple cells firing between their ears want to unify with that?

Posted by: gmundenat | February 10, 2008 7:00 PM

Bush: torture. To start.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 6:49 PM

I'd agree about Lincoln, but in a different way...plus he was sucessful...Clinton was the most brilliant politician, but the most brilliant failed politician.

I think Barack will be the Lincoln of the 21st century. I've thought so since 2004. He and Clinton are very alike except Barack lacks Clinton's extroversion and ADHD...which hopefully will mean great things, but I think Barack's weakness is a certain arrogance/aloofness and perhaps a certain vagueness....what exactly is his list of "to do's"?

What needs change and change to what?

Lincoln had slavery. Clinton had economy. Barack?

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 6:47 PM

Which SPECIFIC law do you think Bush broke? As for the "most brilliant politician in American history" my vote goes to Abe Lincoln. Brilliance is more than just IQ.

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:34 PM

There is little doubt that Bill is ADHD and is pathologically narcissistic. He is also the most brilliant politician in American history.

I do think he does wish for the best for USA.

He's just driven by chaos and crisis. His personal recklessness often undoes his otherwise brilliant achievements.

Like many great persons, it's impossible to make black/white judgments about him (so to speak).

In the end, he knows how to move past mistakes and reach for the greater good. Whereas Bush cannot forgive and will never be part of unity in any way shape or form. Bill is ultimately practical, Bush ideological.

Bill sinned, Bush broke the law.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 6:27 PM

Nothing wrong with disagreements.

I'n very glad that BamBam has lots of constitutional law under his belt...will need that to sort out FISA, signing statements, torture, etc etc.

Looking forward to a bi-partisan cabinet. Powell as Sec Defense. If I were BamBam, I'd give Hill Sec Health, send Bill to UN. Edwards as AG. Richardson to sort out immigration.

Got to replace Pelosi and Reid. And Dean.

Can't wait.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 6:16 PM

Back on the topic of former president Bill Clinton talking "unity" and the tone of the primary campaign, does anyone believe a word that comes out of his mouth?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:09 PM

Of course, I disagree that Bush is leaving a huge mess.

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:04 PM

(Never mind -- the GOP caucus in Maine was already held, on 2/2/08, not today -- I missed that little fact over at CNN).

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:03 PM

OK. That was pretty funny.

Been waiting for Bambam since 2004. We all got work to do. Bush is leaving a huge mess.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 6:01 PM

I predict that Hillary will win Maine. On the GOP side, CNN has called it for Mitt Romney -- I said he shouldn't have suspended his campaign -- so, Romney has 18 more delegates FWIW.

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:01 PM

Remember the Maine!!!

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:57 PM

LOL. I did.

However, today I feel that Hillary is over.

It's all Bambam from here out.

Go B!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 5:55 PM

You flip-flopped on The Pledge?! Say it ain't so?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:53 PM

I was one of those.

But the Supreme Court is too important to leave it to any Republican. Clintons went too far this time but if she gets the nod, which i doubt, I'll vote for her.

A tough decision, but reality is realty.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 10, 2008 5:48 PM

LOL!!! There are lots of Obama supporters who have pledged to NOT vote for Hillary if she secures / steals the nomination -- they should have thought about that before dismissing Obama as a "risk" and "fairy tale" -- just a little too late for Bill to be bringing up "unity" if you ask me.

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:37 PM

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