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The 110th Congress: Bill Clinton Stops By

Spend a day on Capitol Hill and you never know who you'll run into.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in Thursday to a second term as New York's junior senator. Former president Bill Clinton joined her for the ceremony, which was officiated by Vice President Dick Cheney, the Senate's presiding officer. (AP)

Former President Bill Clinton strolled into the Senate press gallery earlier today, causing something of a furor among the assembled media.

The reason for the visit? Purely practical. Clinton had to use the restroom and the closest one was deep in the belly of the media beast. Clinton joked that he had withstood his fair share of hits from the media and thought he could tough out one more visit. (He was in town to see his wife sworn in to a second term as the junior senator from New York.)

Before leaving with his entourage, Clinton took a few questions but largely read off the bipartisan songbook that has dominated the day. "I'll be surprised if we don't see a lot of interesting bipartisanship," he said.

And what about his wife's increasingly likely presidential campaign in 2008? "Ask her," Clinton replied.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 4, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Fix Notes , Senate  
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Are Repubican men jealous of Bill's appeal to women? Are we into the white male anatomy here?

And are white males and some females uncomfortable with an exceedingly intelligent, educated, well read and knowledgable Hillary Rodham Clinton who is experienced with world leaders, cultures, traditions, history?

Hillary is more introverted - that is, her thought processes are thought through inwardly. Unlike Bill, who soliticits opinions and feelings from everyone he is in contact with. And who learned from his mother and other family to be friendly, compassionate, caring. Hillary, on the other hand, grew up in a less demonstrative family.

Hillary and Bill are intellectuals who, therefore, are intellectually curious and learn from books, others who do not share their opinions.

They are blessed abundantly with the gifts of great potential.

Posted by: Judy Smith | January 20, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

At least Bill has a brain. He's articulate and very charming. More than I could say for the idiot and his side-kick the Zombie. The GOP has fallen hard, and their vitrioloic rhetoric continues. Give up guys...Team Bush is a historical failure.

Posted by: snowywoodbine | January 9, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

With all that is going on this is the best Chris could do? This must've taken all of 5 minutes to throw together. Its hard to stick to the subject in these posts if there is no subject to stick to.


Posted by: PeixeGato | January 6, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Some of the responses in this blog prove that absurd personal attacks and cheap shots on the former President of the United States are acceptable measures. How can people that claim to love God, values and justice attack the man that left America with a surplus???

It's not Clinton who has created a multibillion dollar deficit. Not to mention the weakening position and reputation within institutions like the United Nations, where certain member states are questioning the current administrations track record in regards to international law and human rights.

It seems that the colonialist divide and conquer attitudes that lie at the core of the neocons strategic agenda, have pushed certain states in the wrong direction and are now firing back. Just take a closer look at how the Venezuelan President because of Bush's flagrant arrogance has moved closer to the Iranians.

I think that the personal attacks on Clinton are a desperate attempt of certain corroded and regressive elements within the GOP, to maintain the delusional directives that the United States of America currently are embracing. In plain English, the neocons have run out of ideas to support their arguments with.

I hope the American people are able to see through the smokescreen in the next election, especially since the threats facing the US might grow expeditiously if arrogance, shortsightedness and manipulation of its own people remain a part of the American agenda.

Posted by: Za-10 | January 6, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

aaaahhh you guys who are anti-clinton are probably Mark Foley wanna-bees Lets not talk about dysfunctional families. The President who is quote unqoute an recovering alcholic yeah right and my maiden name is Dookie and not to mention his Robotic VP who daughter feels like she was born with the wrong part. Oh and lets not forget Mr. Rove talking about a dysfuctional family - Mom commit suicide and Dad wants another Dad.....Please the Republicans has way more skeletons in their closet

Posted by: danders5000 | January 5, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I think a better picture was taken at the Ford Funeral which shows Condi sitting next to Chelsea Clinton and her mother. That was the image of our nation's future 2008 ticket. The questions are whether Condi or Hillary will win enough delegates to be nominated as their parties presidential candidate. Or whether it is better for our nation to have the first woman on the ticket as VP.

With the Democrats holding their convention first, you can bet if Hillary is on the ticket, Condi will be highly favored to be on the Republican ticket to eliminate any problem with a gender gap and it might also help with the growing number of African-American Republicans who can take pride in her long years of work to become a success.

It was very intersting to hear about Nancy Pelosi as the highest elected woman to be in the line of succession to the presidency. But has any reporter ever stated the fact that Madame Speaker Rice has been the first woman ever to be in the line of succession in the past 2 years? Madeline Albright was not born in the US, so the honor goes to Condi as the very FIRST woman to ever be in the line of succession.

I just wondered if you caught the historic difference.

Marcus Mabry was on CNN last week, and he was asked about the Hillary-Obama ticket. He said that would be a good reason for McCain, if he is the nominee, to reach out to Condi to join his ticket. That is a huge newsworthy item to consider. is a small group of people who are organized to promote Condi Rice.

Posted by: Tina | January 5, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Nancy used a Catholic Bible.The true bible.

Posted by: Andyod | January 5, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Nancy probably used a Roman Catholic Bible.But who is watching?

Posted by: Andyod | January 5, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I have a question and I am wondering if someone could answer it for me. According to news reports, Mr. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be sworn into Congress, took the oath of office on a 2 volume Quran, which was at one time owned by Thomas Jefferson. My question is, did Mrs. Nancy Pelosi use the same "books" when she took the oath of office?

Thank you for your time and answer.

Hobart Stephens

Posted by: hobart stephens | January 5, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Bow down all, before KOZ-- because he knows all, he is one with all, he is, in fact, one with the great nothingness, which consists mostly of hot air.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse


Please spare me your lack of understanding of economics. The oil companies made about 7-10% profits on what they sold. However, when price of oil climbs to over $70 a barrel profits go way up. The profit margin of big oil companies is not outrages given the risk involved in oil exploration, refining, etc. They may not be poster children of green technologies; however, there are no conspiracies as many on this blog entertain. Pharma companies change high amounts when their product are under patent protection, but when that patent expires the price of those products drops considerably.

Why would the price of crude drop on the world market because D took control of the Congress? Are you saying there is a world wide conspiracy? Are you saying that Europe (which can not stand us), Asia (ditto) and Arab countries (ditto) are in on this conspiracy? I guess Chavez is also in on this conspiracy (who would have thought). I think you have been reading too many novels and watching too many Hollywood movies.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

KOZ: Yes, gas and oil prices came down before the election and back up-a bit-after. Why are they going down now? Because the dems want to cut off some of the industry's tax breaks and royalty breaks. The energy companies cannot appear to have even higher profits if they want to minimize their loss of revenues. If you don't think gas and oil companies can manipulate prices, read "Hostile Takeover" by John Sirota. Or better yet, google Enron and the California energy crisis.

Posted by: Ellen | January 4, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

KOZ: There are also many best-selling left-wing authors, like your buddy Al Franken. Do you bow down to them too?

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

A broken clock is correct twice a day - true. when I say we don't go a day without a Dem scandal I guess you mean I am right every day at least once and sometimes twice.

but let's get back to the discusssion about Bill's nether regions.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Funny how on the Dems big day, instead of Pelosi we hear about Bill's bathroom habits. He always seems to steal the spotlight. how will hill get her views out there with that vulture hanging around.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

nah Koz, I was betting on your complete lack of a life, taking advantage of those who don't realize how utterly pathetic you are. Like taking House seats from Republicans!

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Ann coulter is a best selling author. you, instead, are a bitter liberal blogger with delusions of intellect.

I started off clever and playful enough, the libs retorted with nastiness, as usual.

she may not be my cup of tea, but compared to you, she is astounding.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

How Sweet It Is To watch children play on their puters. Zouk, I must admit you are wright some of the time, but one can say that about a broken clock.

Posted by: lylepink | January 4, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Why do you people still bother to actually respond to Zouk's venom filled posts? He's like the Ann Coulter of The Fix threads.

Posted by: J. Crozier | January 4, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Betting on your own stupidity and then expecting others to ignore it? the first seems like easy money, but why would I refrain from pointing out what a dimwit you can be when I was provoked? I can only guess you are used to beating up weaker creatures and expect me to comply with your desires. Ouch, the facts can hurt sometimes. Nevertheless, try to stay away from things that plug in.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

KOZ: Thanks, I just made some big $$ betting that you would make a comment about those repeated posts.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Loudoun, perhaps the computer, like the economy and policy, is just a little too complicated for you to play with.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I actually like Bill clinton as far as Dem presidents goes. He is the best Dem president of the past 30 or 40 years. Smirk, smirk.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah KOZ, certainly less original than your bitter anti-Clinton screeds.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"And with that, Clinton made his way around to the visitors' gallery and sat down next to daughter, Chelsea. After a quick call on his cell phone - which is against Senate rules - he watched his wife as she chatted with her colleagues on the Senate floor."

Even the simplest rules don't apply. Like don't sex the interns.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah KOZ, certainly less original than your bitter anti-Clinton screeds.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah KOZ, certainly less original than your bitter anti-Clinton screeds.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Almost as funny as seeing a vice president swear on the floor of the Senate."

Of course, over the next few months we'll probably HEAR the vice president swear on the floor of the Senate. Quite a bit, I expect.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | January 4, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Loudoun that is certainly original. Must have taken you all day to invent that thought. better leave the comedy to John Kerry.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Stocks climbed back after a drop in crude prices to below $56 a barrel raised hopes that cheaper gasoline might be on the way."

whatever happened to JEP and the rest of the loony-tunes conspiracy theorists? I thought that Bush had his hand on the price of gas and was going to raise it right after the election. these are the same geniuses who think the min wage is brilliant. Leave the economics to the rational why don't you?

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

KOZ wrote: Yes, it is always amusing to see a clinton swear on the bible. Made me laugh too.

Almost as funny as seeing a vice president swear on the floor of the Senate. Nothing funnier than seeing the president of the Senate make a mockery of that institution.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

You can take the yokel out of the trailer park but you can never change a clinton deep down. why is he always bragging about how rich he is? does he not have an inkling of class? Oh, I forgot, it is clinton - no class. Lipstick on a pig.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Yojoe: being an EX-president is a very well-paying job.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | January 4, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Every time i see President Clinton, i cannot let it escape from my mine how he went from rags to multi-riches and the only job that i know he held was Attorney General,Governor and the Office of the President.
Great paying jobs, i guess.

Posted by: yojoe | January 4, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Upon closer examination, it seems Hillary swore in on a checkbook. Hence the lack of actual flames.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

KOZ: Cheney is wearing special gloves otherwise his hands would burst into flame while he's touching the bible.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | January 4, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Over on Faux News, they're spinning this story as a "surprise visit" from Bill Clinton, implying that he is trying to upstage the day's proceedings. Considering that his wife is being sworn into the Senate again, I can't believe they didn't see this one coming.

Posted by: Deaniac | January 4, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is always amusing to see a clinton swear on the bible. Made me laugh too.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

BOSTON - A former Massachusetts House speaker accused of lying during his testimony in a voting rights lawsuit plans to plead guilty Friday to obstruction of justice, a person familiar with the agreement said Thursday.

almost an entire day without some news of a corrupt Dem. Maybe tomorrow. how did I know it was a Dem, because AP didn't list it.

Posted by: kingofzouk | January 4, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Video of Keith Ellison confronting Virgil Goode on the floor of the Houe.
I'd sure like to know what they had to say.

Posted by: pp | January 4, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

actually i imagine we only see the back of cheney's head because they wanted to avoid showing the bullet he's biting.

Posted by: drindl | January 4, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

There is so much room for conjecture as to what powers cheney -- is he cyborg? zombie? robot [he only has one expression after all] --does he get a new heart once a month from among his hunting companions?

Posted by: drindl | January 4, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

To have steam issue from Cheney's ears would imply that he was capable of producing heat. Truth be known, he is an automaton that has the same temperature as his immediate surroundings.

Posted by: hellhound | January 4, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A new game: Rewrite That Caption

Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in Thursday to a second term as New York's junior senator. Former president Bill Clinton joined her for the ceremony and grinned ferociously Vice President Dick Cheney, the Senate's presiding officer, during the entire ceremony while steam visibly issued from Cheney's ears. Reporters overheard a whispered conversation between Clinton and Cheney included the phrase "neener neener neener, haw, haw, haw." Cheney later excused himself to go duck hunting with three of his aides, only one of which returned. (AP)

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | January 4, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It was great to see a sunny and optimistic president next to the sour and dour Cheney.

Posted by: Don | January 4, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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