Friday, December 10, 2010
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at President Barack Obama's side on Friday to back the tax cut compromise Obama negotiated with Republicans.
"I don't believe there is a better deal out there," Clinton told reporters in the White House briefing room who'd been summoned at a moment's notice to see the former chief executive back the current one.
Clinton and Obama had just finished a private meeting in the Oval Office.
Obama said it was a "terrific meeting" and then turned the podium over to Clinton.
The voluble former president took it away, and Obama left part-way through his remarks, saying he had holiday parties to attend.
"Both sides are going to have to eat some things they don't like," Clinton told reporters. "We don't want to slip back into a recession. We've got to keep this thing going and accelerate its pace. I think this is the best available option."