As Hillary Clinton gears up for the upcoming 2016 race that she’s “not” going to run for, it seems she’s making a blatant attempt to distance herself from Obama and his many terrible policies. Most recently she took to a CNN interview to say that back when Bush was president, she actually felt “proud to be American.”
Now that Obama is though – not so much.
Speaking on America’s place in the world, Clinton explained that we have to fight, as a nation, to ensure that Democracy is always seen as a force for good. That being said however, under the current administration, lackadaisical foreign policy has made us appear more selfish and aggressively narcissistic in nature.
During her spiel, Clinton noted, “We have to go back out and sell ourselves. It is not to be taken for granted. What do we stand for and, how do we intend to lead and manage? How do we try to enlist the rest of the world in this struggle between cooperation and order and conflict and disorder which is really at the root of so much that’s going on today, and i don’t think we’ve done a very good job of that.”
She furthermore went on to say:
“Of course there are specifics. They’re all the headlines we can talk about, but the trend lines –let’s not forget the trend lines. George W. Bush is very popular in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why? Because of the president emergency program for AIDS relief whether you agree or disagree with a lot of what else he did — and I disagree with a lot of it — I am proud to be an American when I go to Sub-Saharan Africa and people say, ‘I want to thank President Bush and the United States for helping us fight HIV/AIDS.’ We spend a lot of money and a lot of time and effort trying to be influential around the world when I think we would be able to succeed more effectively if we were clearer about who we are and what we stand for and the values that we hold.”
This sentiment is felt nationwide, and it’s good to learn that the notion is a bipartisan understanding and it really goes to show that despite Bush’s abysmally low approval ratings, he could still make Americans proud. What do you think that says about Obama? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.