So, my senator's down in eastern Kentucky, "trying to help that fellow running against Mitch McConnell," and she calls up her husband wanting to talk to him about the meltdown on Wall Street and the proposed bail-out. "She's just obsessed with this thing," her husband says. Well, of course she is. She's Senator from New York and she's not just worried about the economy abstractly. She's worried about the thousands and thousands of her constituents who are losing their jobs in this mess, worried about their families. But what she wants to tell her husband is that where she is right now people don't see it as that urgent a problem. They've got other things on their minds, the senator told her husband. "Here they've been in trouble for years."
Anyway, that's what Senator Clinton's husband told me tonight. Ok, me and fifteen or so other bloggers. Senator Clinton's husband told us a bunch of things and answered some of our questions and did what Bill Clinton does, charm and impress while he talks and talks and talks, all to purpose, all full of so much information you can't imagine how he keeps it all in his head, amazingly large as that head is.
Bill Clinton's in town as host to his Clinton Global Initiative. I came to meet him and to blog about the CGI. I'll be posting on and off from here throughout the week. I hope to have better pictures.
No, the bald guy in front isn't me.
Updated as the other bloggers in the room with Bill and me check in:
Dana Goldstein of the American Prospect turns in a recap of the conversation at TAPPED.
Jack goes into more detail at Feministe.