Clinton Aides Second-Guessing Obama Administration’s Negotiating Tactics with Republicans

9 Aug

bill clinton, black politics, barack obama

Your Black World reports.

In less than a week after the House approved a tentative compromise deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling,  former Clinton administration aides rebuked President Obama’s negotiation strategies that heavily favored the Republicans.

The former aides felt that Obama–unlike Clinton–lacked an effective communications strategy which resulted in a major deal that basically gave Republicans what they wanted. According to one aide,” Clinton’s approach to strategic messaging was different. I believe that Obama could have done things differently that would have worked better.”

During Clinton’s Presidency, he was heralded as an extremely crafty negotiator, especially when dealing with the GOP led Congress at that time. His ability to thwart GOP initiatives in public relation battles and the signing of the Balanced Budget Act  in 1997, a bill that received tremendous support from both Democrats and Republicans, earned him that title. President Obama, on the other hand, is considered by many to be a President that capitulates to the demands of the GOP.

However, not all of ex-Clinton support staff believe that Obama’s compromise was ineffective. Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to Clinton, referred to President Obama’s lack of negotiation skills as “nonsense.” According to Davis, “The Republicans were not flexible, and President Obama had to do everything he could to avoid default.”


9 Responses to “Clinton Aides Second-Guessing Obama Administration’s Negotiating Tactics with Republicans”

  1. WizardG August 9, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Politicians are not to be trusted nor are they to be loved. Why people are so naive as to elect the rich to lead them is beyond comprehension. Most politicians are like con artists. They are able to talk themselves into the game. They also make great lawyers and preachers. They could also make great mafia men. They don’t make good public servants and we are totally at risk with every insane move they make. I don’t care who the politician is the propensity for unethical and immoral acts is widespread. There may be a one percent ratio of good politicians You can distinguish the few good from the bad when they’re seen being attacked by the majority of the other politicians. This new Anglo-Elite concocted ‘white’ house ruse cloaked as a ‘black’ is a signal to the end of good government and honest interest in the common populace.

    I have voted in elections for almost 60 years, and I’ve seen some terrible political trash destroy our lives, but now we are at the mercy of people who control, and basically own the whole government and every powerful person in it! The secret society elite are wealthy beyond belief and that kind of wealth is power that corrupts to the nth degree!

    • MR August 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      Very Outstandingly spoken! :<)

  2. doverdavis August 9, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    Your conclusion is false. Clinton did not have this economic mess created by the Republicans. Clinton did not have to deal with those idiots in the tea party and Clinton was not a Black man who faced a racist group of people determined to challenge his authority and destroy the country to make him look bad.

    If the President had not negotiated with those idiots, they would have destroyed America just to damage the president.

    The issue should be the Republican’s behavior, not the president’s skills.

    • MR August 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

      So true….

    • William A. Delaney March 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

      Some give Clinton too much credit just as some blacks give democrats too much credit. Ronald Reagan started the process of repealing Glass-Steagal, but Clinton completed the process in 1999. I am old enough to remeber democrats of the 40s, and 50s, and names like Wallace, Faubus, Maddox, Bilboa, and Helms cause my nostrils to flare. Am I to forget that history?

      Am I to forget that Eisnhower sent troops into Little Rock in 1957, that Dr. Arthur Allen Fletcher, John Wilks, Bob Brown and other black republicans strenghtened affirmative action, black capitalism, created 8a set asides and developed an African American oil refinery in tuskegee under Nixon. The likes of Cain and this new breed of black republicans are as insulting to me as are the many black democrats who refuse to understand the positive impact that Obama has on the future thinking of black youth.

      Clinton was as much a part of the mess as was Bush, but some blacks must support the group that Andy Young referred to as: “Smart Ass White Boys” against all that is black.

  3. wildn0102 August 9, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Once again, there are points to this story that are left out!

    Did the author let the readers know that one of the negotiating tools Clinton and the democrats used in obtaining the “Balanced Budget Act” was entitlement programs. Oh yeah, the republicans had no problem with cutting welfare, neither did Bill Clinton!

    What a way to negotiate! Next time, tell the whole story.

  4. justwundering August 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    If memory serves me right, President Clinton went fully to the middle. We got welfare to work, we got three strikes you’re out, we got NAFTA and other trade deals that started the decline to lower and middle class wage disparity.

    Why do we keep comparing apple to oranges? This Black President is dealing with a segment that be damned if he serve another term, and are willing to take us all down in the process. To negotiate don’t we have to have honest brokers?

  5. David August 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I’m average American, black viet-nam vet, thoughts and values shaped by a very racist overt and covert America. King fought for, spoke for, marched for and eventually died for mostly the injustice applied to a race of people predominately African-Americans. (Negro or colored as we were refered to at that time. What has changed? The realization that a real African-American president exist and the abject fear of these racist and their children are still here and have not been consumed with time. Knowing that some bigot personalities of today would represent the ideal leaders of the past total disrespect for the US President is due in part because of his skin. President Obama continues to rise above these petty bigots because hwe was raised by white bigots himself and he tries to input what he knows and has learned about theother have of himself.

  6. Bill delaney August 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    I remember when Eugene Brown, All American at USF with Bill Russel and KC Jones winners of 60 strainght NCAA Games became the first African American Sheriff of San Francisco. His trials and tribulations were exactly the same as Obama’s. Current Senator Diane Feinstein gave a riveting report that ridded the City of our drunken white sheriff, but Gene took office and everything that had been wrong for 20 years was blamed on him. When I ran for sheriff in Adams County, Colorado the incumbent said him biggest threat was that my name Delaney sounded more white than Johnson, his name. He a high school grad with minimal experience said I was not qualified to be his desk sergeant, while overlooking my executive level management experience, Instructors credentials in police science, military, and law enforcement past, and my service on several boards of directors. The even jumped on Obama’s Minister, a former Marine who in the 90s said: “Everybody thats your color, ain’t your kind, and everybody that ain’t your color ain’t your enemy. Am I surprised: “No”!

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