There are more contrasts between the two men. Under Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress, the U.S. economy created 22.7 million new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since President Obama took office and with an overwhelming majority Democratic Congress in his first two years, the U.S. economy has lost 473,000 jobs. Between February 2010 and May 2012, just over 4 million private-sector jobs have been created.
During the Clinton administration with the help of a Republican Congress, the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 4.2 percent. Under President Obama, unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 41 straight months.
Less favorably on Clinton's side, he was the first president to be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. The Arkansas bar suspended his law license. He would be a poor character witness in court.
Character and keeping one's promises no longer seem to matter in a presidential candidate or a public official. That's because, for many voters, money, possessions, pleasure, celebrity and self trump these ancient values.
Of course, Clinton will herald Obama at the convention. He is, after all, the ultimate Democratic player. But Bill Clinton has interests greater than Obama's re-election. If Obama wins, Democrats win. If he loses, Hillary will be well positioned to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, though she has sworn she will not accept the nod. Still, look for the "Hillary in 2016" T-shirts in Charlotte.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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