“Bill Clinton says that partisanship in Washington is hampering any ability to reach economic solutions for the country,” ABC News reports:
“We live in a time where there’s this huge disconnect between the way the political system works and the way the economic system works,” President Clinton told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour. “If you want to put people to work, we’ve got to focus on what works, and what works is not all this back and forth fighting in Washington.”
Too much gridlock in Washington–wow, there’s an original observation. And yet it is of some interest that Bill Clinton is saying this, for one reason there is gridlock in Washington is that the current president followed the former president’s advice.
An advice article on the dating site eHarmony.com asks the question “Is Your Friend Really a ‘Frenemy’?” As you probably guessed, that’s a portmanteau of “friend” and “enemy,” defined as “that friend who’s hanging out at your house using you emotionally to make herself feel better.”
If your name is Barack Obama, Bill Clinton may be your frenemy. “A frenemy . . . uses compliments that have a demeaning subtext.” eHarmony notes. “Be wary if your friend gives you backhanded compliments.” Here’s an example, from a June Newsweek piece that ran under Clinton’s byline:
President Obama came in with a really good energy policy, including an idea to provide both a tax credit for new green jobs and for startup companies, to allow the conversion of the tax credit into its cash equivalent for every employee hired. Then last December, in the tax-cut compromise, the Republicans in Congress wouldn’t agree to extend this benefit because they said, “This is a spending program, not a tax cut. We’re only for tax cuts.” It was a mistake.
That would be the same tax-cut compromise that afforded Clinton the opportunity to upstage Obama at a White House press conference. Obama was a friend in need, Clinton a frenemy indeed.