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Bill Clinton sings Obama's praises

By Sitafa Harden     Jan 19, 2009 in Politics
On the eve of President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in ceremony, Former President Bill Clinton offered words of praise for the man who challenged and triumphed over his wife in last year's Democratic primaries.
Despite some media speculation that he would never warm up to Obama in the wake of that defeat, Clinton proved to be dedicated in his campaign efforts on Obama's behalf and has remained a strong ally and supporter of the soon-to-be president since the election.
Reuters reports that Clinton commended Obama's policy and personnel decisions while speaking to a panel of mayors today in Washington. He joked that the President-elect's good judgement especially included the selection of his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) who is almost certain to soon be confirmed as secretary of state.
Clinton went on to offer advice on the future of the Democratic Party and on Obama's proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan.
He counseled Democrats not to rest on their laurels in the wake of the election victory. Although the days of good-old-boy politics seem to be over with Obama's victory ushering in a new era, Clinton urged the party to continue focusing on inclusion and broadening their voter base in order to keep pace with Republicans who will almost certainly be working overtime to do the same.
Regarding the use of economic stimulus monies, Clinton indicated that he hoped to see aggressive funding of reduced energy consumption programs to help fight global warming.
As Reuters reported, Clinton also took the opportunity to summarize his vision for the country for Obama's presidency and beyond,
"We will not go forward anymore, I don't think, with the politics of division and destruction that for too long have dragged us down," he noted.
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