On Thursday evening, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at an event at the George W. Bush Presidential Center about what it takes to become president.
Bill Clinton’s remarks were particularly ironic.
From Real Clear Politics:
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I think you have to begin with the end in mind.
Yeah, you have to win the election, but why in the Heck are you running?
That’s the other thing I noticed about [President Bush]. When he ran for governor against Ann Richards, he didn’t say Ann Richards is a klutz. He said I want to be governor because I want to do these three things.
Hmm, so you have to actually have a message? And just can’t say things like Trump is a horrible evil sexist racist?
Tell us more.
If you want to be president, realize it is about the people, not about you.
And when it is over, and that’s what a lot of these people who get real arrogant in office, they forget. Time passes. And it passes more quickly than you expect.
You want to be able to say: People are better off when I quit, kids were having a better future, things were coming together.
You don’t want to say: God, look at all the people I beat. The people I worked over.
I think the most important thing is to be humble, to listen, to realize everyone has a story.
So you mean it isn’t all about you?
It isn’t about finding every excuse for why you lost, except accepting the blame?
This advice is just a tad late for somebody Bill knows.
Hillary Clinton’s problem was of course both lack of a message and a lack of humility.
must not have been going home that night, or there would not have been a lamp left in the house.
— Bonnie Blue (@OkieTiger) July 14, 2017
To be president, Bill Clinton says, you need to know why you're running. Does it seem odd that he never mentioned that to Hillary? https://t.co/r2eD6qZXLz
— Mayer Fertig (@MayerFertig) July 13, 2017
Never change Bubba. Never. Change. https://t.co/Qd4Q5MdUA3
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) July 14, 2017