According to sources like Political Punch, the Obama people would like tighter control of what Bill does and says in the future and the Clinton folks are not comfortable with restrictions they deem ‘severe’.
The view from Camp Clinton is that the Obama Team would too severely restrict what Bill Clinton is able to do to simply make a living. One source says the Obama Team seems to think it can demand that the former president abide by the restrictions put on a general government official, which just isn’t tenable.
There has even been talk of the Obama White House wanting to approve every speech the former President Gives gives, or any new source of income.
And while the former President’s team says he’s willing to disclose that information ahead of time, they aren’t willing to submit each speech opportunity for approval.
George H.W. Bush had no similar restrictions while his son (George W.) has been President, Clinton advocates say. Why would Bill Clinton have to stop doing what former presidents do — traveling the world, giving speeches, raising money for charitable works — when his wife is a mere Cabinet official?
This seems like a valid point. If former President Bush was not restricted from saying any darn thing he wanted while his son George W. has been President, why should Clinton have to submit every single speech and every single speaking invite for approval because his wife is a Cabinet official– not the President- just someone who works for the President?
The view is that this is the portfolio of a former President; to eliminate it — especially when Hillary Clinton still has more than $6 million in debt from her campaign — is unreasonable.
The Obama Team wants approval over how Bill Clinton earns an income if Hillary were to accept the job as Secretary of State. That does not seem reasonable at all.
If Bill were approached to speak at Harvard, he’s have to ask the Obama team if it was OK. If a publisher wanted Bill to write a book, he’d have to get the OK from the Obama White House to accept the offer. If Bill wanted to sell something on Ebay (hey with the economy the way it is, you never know) he’d have to get approval by the Obama Team. Do you see how absurd that is? You can’t reasonably ask the spouse of someone you hire to seek permission from you everytime they have a job opportunity for themselves.
In addition, the Clinton people note that Hillary’s outstanding campaign debt is still an issue. The Obama camp pledged to wipe out Hillary’s campaign debt but has not done it. To think Bill Clinton would agree to let the Obama Team determine what income opportunities he could accept in the future while that debt is still on the table is just silly.
The reports all seem to agree that while this is an issue, it’s not an insurmountable issue. It’s just a sticky point that needs to be resolved, not a deal breaker. I have faith in Hillary to consider all the facts and make the decision that feels right and will help many Americans. Go Hillary!