Deep in the transcript of the interview ABC’s David Muir conducted with Hillary Clinton yesterday comes an indirect but very tough shot at the man she worked for and hopes to replace. In the course of answering a question about her mother, Clinton described her mother’s difficult upbringing and praised her for her hard work. Her mother’s experience, she said, and those struggling to get ahead today, inspire her presidential run.
“I'm gonna fight for all the people like my mother who need somebody in their corner,” Clinton said, before adding: “And they need a leader who cares about them again.”
The clear implication: America hasn’t had such a leader in recent years. And it’s hard to read that comment as anything but a shot at President Obama, who has occupied the White House for the past 6.5 years.
It’s not clear why much of the Western media continues to describe Iran’s newly elected president as a “moderate.” After all, Hassan Rouhani is a regime pillar: As an early follower of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Rouhani joined him in exile in Paris, and over the last 34 years, the 64-year-old Qom-educated cleric has held key positions in the regime’s political echelons, and served in top military jobs during Iran’s decade-long war with Iraq.
In wake of Obama’s decision to punt on the budget, his lack of sure-footedness in dealing with Egypt, and his mystifying refusal to give voice to American ideals in Libya, the number of Americans who think the president is a “poor” leader now doubles the number who think he is an “excellent” one, according to a newly released Rasmussen poll of likely voters.