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.”