Conservative Tevi Troy believes that our 42nd President was the most effective in utilizing cultural touchstones to communicate.
The former George H.W. Bush official and self-proclaimed Presidential historian is surprised that he can laud Clinton for anything.
Clinton’s successor seemed dimly aware of the world around him, although he proudly announced that he used “the Google.”
Not many people dispute that Clinton was and is a very talented communicator. But being adept at using music and movie references is faint praise for evaluating the tenure of a Presidential term.
Interestingly, Troy conceded that 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney might have been slightly out of touch.
Actually, it would be quite easy for conservative writers to appreciate many aspects of the Clinton agenda. He is responsible for DOMA, Three Strikes Law, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, and Welfare “reform.” In fact George W. Bush never sought to change any of these policies although the current President has and continues to override some of this legislation.
Clinton was a policy wonk but was also plugged into the contemporary culture. He could easily explain a complicated policy as well as effortlessly refer to a popular book or movie.
However, when he faced sexual charges and an investigation was launched into a land deal in which both Clintons lost money, the former President had trouble framing his message.
Culturally astute or not.