Sunday, September 05, 2004

Bill Clinton's Surgery

President Clinton is in a New York (Upstate?) hospital awaiting quadruple bypass surgery. The NYT reports that some 15000 messages have poured in from all over the country expressing concern and wishing him well, all to his website, Clinton Presidential Center. One of them says, "Cannot believe there is anything big enough to block your large heart", which says it all.

What a contrast between Bill Clinton and the current occupant of the White House. Clinton grew up poor, came up by sheer excellence at every stage. George W. Bush was given entree into every opportunity by either birth or influence (including the very top spot). Clinton was a master of the facts. George can barely muster them. Clinton took a record deficit and turned it into a record surplus. Bush took a record surplus and turned it into a record deficit.

Agree with him or not, Clinton is a brilliant man and an exceptional president. What we have now is a poor excuse, on both counts.