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Bill Clinton to Brief Obama on North Korea Mission

By Anne E. Kornblut
Former president Bill Clinton, fresh from his mission to North Korea earlier this month, is delivering his read-out on the trip to President Obama at the White House today.

Clinton and Obama have had a cordial but relatively distant relationship. Today's meeting follows a brief conversation the two had after Clinton successfully retrieved two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labor in North Korea and brought them home.

Clinton has already held a debriefing with National Security Council staff. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday morning that the meeting with Obama -- scheduled for a full hour, in the White House Situation Room -- would give the president a "crucial opportunity to speak directly with and get firsthand impressions from" the former president.

Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will not attend. But her senior adviser Cheryl Mills will be there, as will administration officials Danny Russell, Tom Donilon and Denis McDonough, as well as Clinton advisers Doug Band and Justin Cooper, both of whom traveled with the former president to North Korea. The White House plans to release a still photo of the event, which is closed to the press.

Posted at 10:05 AM ET on Aug 18, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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Bill Clinton did a good deed in North Korea, but he's no John Ensign.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/john-ensign-man-of-integrity/

Posted by: MikeLicht | August 22, 2009 11:38 AM

Bill should have been Secretary of State instead of Hillary, but Hillary is a screamer and a complainer and I'm sure she blocked Bill Clinton from being in politics just by saying that he did 2 terms as President and she wants
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(snicker)

And in your fantasy world, can you successfully run a war, too?

ROTFLMAO.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | August 18, 2009 5:40 PM

This seems to me, a long time ago. If a debriefing was necessary, it should have been done that day. I understand that Bill Clinton had to pose for the cameras, but still.

I think that dirty old man has milked this thing long enough.

Posted by: citizenchick | August 18, 2009 12:49 PM

TO: Anne Kornblut

Ask Bill Clinton for a comment on this:

RACHEL MADDOW ASKS FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT: WHY ARE GUN-TOTING CIVILIANS PERMITTED OUTSIDE PRESIDENTIAL VENUES?

The answer: Agents could, and should, "expand the perimeter."

http://voxaleadnews.labs.exalead.com/play.php?flv=MSNBC_Rachel_Maddow/pdv_maddow_netcast_m4v-08-17-2009-204722.mp4&q=Rachel+Maddow&language=all

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 18, 2009 12:23 PM


I think it would be very helpful if Bill Clinton were more involved, even a part of, President Obama's cabinet and diplomatic affairs.

Bill should have been Secretary of State instead of Hillary, but Hillary is a screamer and a complainer and I'm sure she blocked Bill Clinton from being in politics just by saying that he did 2 terms as President and she wants a shot.

It's just that, Hillary is not the politician Bill is, and Hillary is NOT doing this country any favors by forcing Bill into the background.

Bill Clinton brought us "leaner, not meaner" and a lot of other great sayings that cooled the temperature in D.C.

Judging by the constant rant of the Republican psychos, we can really use Bill's southern charm right about now.


Posted by: lindalovejones | August 18, 2009 11:58 AM

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