Clintons in lovefest with Bush
___If there's anything more unappealing than watching politicians mud wrestle, it's watching them pretend they like each other.
___ Oozing insincerity, Presi-dent Bush praised his predecessor on Monday during an unveiling of the Clintons' official (and utterly mediocre) White House portraits.
___ Bush couldn't have believed a word he was saying, but, this being an election year, his advisers decided a little bipartisanship might woo some Democratic and independent voters, even if that meant alienating the Republican base.
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"He filled this house with energy and joy," Bush said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
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Energy and joy? While campaigning in 2000, didn't Bush promise to restore dignity to the Oval Office? Didn't W. fumigate the Oval Office before settling in?
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You'd hardly guess he was talking about the same person: High praise, indeed: Bush didn't sound this effusive when he delivered his eulogy for Ronald Reagan last week.
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The speechwriters could have inserted Ronald Reagan's name, and the speech would have worked at the late president's memorial.
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"Bill Clinton could always see a better day ahead, and Americans knew he was working hard to bring that day closer," gushed the current White House occupant.
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Just warming to his subject, Bush continued, "Over eight years, it was clear that Bill Clinton loved the job of the presidency."
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Bush might as well introduce his predecessor to the Democratic political convention in August before Clinton addresses the delegates.
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There was more of the same: "As a candidate for any office, whether it be state attorney general or the president, Bill Clinton showed incredible energy and great personal appeal."
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Besides his "hard work and drive and determination and optimism," Clinton "advance(d) the causes that drew him to public service."
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"As chief executive, he showed a deep and far-ranging knowledge of public policy," Bush went on, making his listeners wonder if he'd switched parties.
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The Clintons obviously enjoyed the ceremony. Bill was also willing to let bygones be bygones, but Hillary still does not forgive their critics.
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Mangling syntax and grammar, the senator lashed out at their enemies once again, but it's not clear why. "One thing that has never been said about either my husband or I (sic) nearly everything else has been but one thing that hasn't is that we're patient people."
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"Those of you who know us know that's not at all descriptive," she added.
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Now we know: The Clintons are not patient people. That was Hillary's way of complimenting the artist, Simmie Knox, for making two impatient subjects sit for their portraits.
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Making people sit for their portraits is a talent worth noting, but somebody should tell the truth about the two portraits they're terrible and not worth hanging up in the White House.

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