Bill Clinton, at the time this blog post is being written, has taken over the White House press room, leading to potential confusion over who the actual president is, Obama having ducked out to go meet the First Lady at "one more Christmas party," as the current (I think) president put it before taking off.
Clinton came to the White House to meet with Obama this afternoon, at a generally Clintonian time in Obama's tenure. Republicans just took over the House. Obama tacked to the middle, cutting a deal on tax cuts that angered fellow members of his party.
Afterward, the two appeared for a press conference in the White House briefing room.
"I'm going to let him speak briefly," Obama said, promising to let Clinton decide on his own whether to take questions. Obama said he had scheduled the meeting with Clinton because the latter presided over such a stellar economy, not just, he seemed to imply, to solicit advice on how to get this tax-cut deal through Congress.
Clinton took the stand and went immediately to the tax cuts.
"I have reviewed this agreement that the president has reached with Republican leaders," was the first thing he said. "Taken as a whole I believe [it] is the best bipartisan agreement that we can reach to help the largest number of Americans and maximize the chances that the economic recovery would accelerate...