In the history of the White House, there has never been anything like it.
Two presidents – President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton – sit down to talk on a Friday afternoon.
There are no plans for a news conference. Not even plans for a photo opportunity. In fact, while they’re meeting, the White House staff Christmas party is underway.
But, suddenly, Obama and Clinton decide they want to talk to reporters. Alone, just the two of them go down to the briefing room – only to find the door locked.
They hunt down Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who unlocks the door, turns on the lights, and quickly assembles a stunned press pool – and Obama introduces Clinton for a spirited defense of the tax deal he cut with Republicans.
Within minutes, Obama has to leave, to join the First Lady at the Christmas party. But Clinton carries on, on his own, for another half hour – and makes the best case for the tax deal anybody has made yet, including Obama.
You gotta admit: there’s nobody like Bill Clinton. He is, without doubt, the Democratic Party’s most valuable player. If anybody can sell this turkey of a tax deal to the American people, he can.
That’s my parting shot for today.