December 9, 2010
White House Chat for Bill Clinton
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton is to meet on Friday with President Obama at the White House for a post-election conversation about moving the agenda forward in a new political environment, a senior Democrat told of the meeting said.
The meeting will be the first between the two men since the midterm elections, when voters handed Mr. Obama a political rebuke not unlike one Mr. Clinton suffered 16 years ago.
Mr. Clinton moved to the center after his party's midterm defeat in 1994, choosing to "triangulate" his politics in ways that allowed him to reach accommodations with Republicans even as he angered some of his liberal base.
In recent days, Mr. Obama reached a compromise with Republicans over a temporary extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. That decision has infuriated liberal Democrats, some of whom have accused Mr. Obama of mimicking Mr. Clinton's tactics.
An aide to Mr. Clinton confirmed the midafternoon meeting, which was initiated at Mr. Obama’s request.