Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, stated on CNN that former President George W. Bush inspired her to be proud to be an American and hinted that President Obama has not had the same effect on her.
“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.”
Her interview with on Fareed Zakaria GPS went on to compare headlines between George W. Bush and President Obama’s terms.
“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’s 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.'”
Hillary’s comments came about after filling in for George W. Bush at the Ameriprise conference. Her party allegiance may seem to be under question after shooting a few jabs at President Obama during her interview.
“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,”
During the Ameriprise conference, Elizabeth Warren took some shots at Hillary Clinton for her wavered voting while she was the First Lady, possibly using the retort to point out her wavering party allegiance and possible run for presidency in 2016.
“As first lady, Mrs. Clinton had been persuaded that the bill was bad for families, and she was willing to fight for her beliefs. As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position…. The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not.”
Regardless of where Hillary Clinton’s party allegiance falls, George W. Bush’s leadership has ultimately impacted her values as a proud American.
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