Sunday, December 18, 2005

41 and 42

In this week's TIME:
BUSH President Clinton has shown a certain deference to me based perhaps on me being the older guy. And I appreciate that. It's something I've seen firsthand many times, in very subtle ways, like today, walking in, "You go first." That kind of stuff. We come from an old line, my family, kind of courteous kind of guys, and this means something to me. It's not just social niceties. There are many ways he makes me feel that this is a two-way street and that he's enjoying it.

There will be differences. He's still active. He's still a guy who's going to be in the political arena, and so there will be differences between him and certain members of my family, but that can be handled. It doesn't have to interfere or ruin our personal relationship.

CLINTON The interesting thing is his son is the President and my wife is a Senator—

BUSH [Half-joking] I'd like to speak to you about that in the future.

CLINTON—and we made this work anyway. It's been a joy. I even like the arguments we have.


Blogger Bassizzzt said...

It's a hopeful precedent that perhaps one day, liberals and conservatives can work together.

2:46 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Comparing 41/42 to 43/Dean is illustrative of why problems have developed.

6:37 PM  

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