President Bill Clinton came to the White House briefing room yesterday in a rare, intriguing, shocking, and somewhat bizarre (for Washington) display of common sense.
The former President was at the White House to meet with the current President, and their meeting turned into a 30-minute discourse on economics, bipartisanship, politics and realism.
His lecture wasn't aimed at the White House, or necessarily Republicans, but at members of his own party who have been upset over parts of the Bush era tax cut extension compromise worked out between the White House and Republican Congressional leaders.
Clinton's basic lesson: The American people want Washington to work. Period.
In praising the compromise deal he made it seem that Washington has been stuck in a deep freeze — and finally there is a thaw.
"In general a lot of people are heaving a sigh of relief that there's finally been some agreement on something," said Clinton.