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Somewhat Veiled Shots - Bush And Clinton Discuss The Importance Of Humility In The Oval

Can’t we all just get along? That’s a common thought that pops into the old cranium when thoughts turn to the current political environment. While there has always been bickering between the Left and the Right, it’s reached epic proportions in today’s day and age. The overwhelming majority of Democrats have adopted the most anti-Trump stance imaginable, and it seems like the ultimate goal of that is to bring an unceremonious end to President Donald Trump’s time in office.

The Republican Party is far from innocent, as members find themselves pulled into the fray on the regular. It’s obviously not easy working out solutions to problems that everyone can live with, but can we perhaps do it with a little less nonsense? Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton seem to think so - albeit with the benefit of hindsight in their corner.

As the Daily Mail shares, the pair has actually grown to become friends now that they’re essentially out of the political arena. They participated in a moderated forum at a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at the George W Bush Presidential Center in Dallas this week, and the close-knit bond they have developed was on display for all to see. Bush and Clinton would even explain how that happened.

“[It] starts with [him] being a person refusing to lord his victory over dad,' Bush noted. “Dad was willing to rise above the political contest. Both men displayed strong character. Why do I have a friendship with him? Well, he's called a brother with a different mother.”

“If you want to be president, realize it's about the people, not about you,” Clinton added. “You want to be able to say, 'things were better off when I quit, kids had a better future, things were coming together'. You don’t want to say, 'God, look at all the people I beat'.”

While neither of the former presidents’s offered up direct thoughts on President Donald Trump and the current state of affairs, it wasn’t too hard to read between the lines on some of their comments to see what they were referring to.

"I think it's really important to know what you don't know and listen to people who do know what you don't know,” Bush said at one point. “In other words, it starts with the individual's character and both men, in my judgment, displayed strong character.”

“If you don’t deal with the incoming fire, it will undermine your ability to do anything else. If all you deal with is incoming fire, you can't keep the promises you made when you were running,” Clinton remarked. “The best thing that can happen to you when you are in politics is to be consistently underestimated.”

While it may be easy to dismiss Bush and Clinton’s remarks as simple hindsight from a pair of sage former leaders, there are plenty of takeaways in there for current political leadership on both sides of the aisle. If you enter every day with the attitude that you are at loggerheads, then chances are you will end the day at a complete standstill as well.

However, if you start that same day with an attitude that you will approach the issues in front of you with a genuine desire to have an intelligent debate that results in solutions that everyone can live with, you may be pleasantly surprised how that day ends. Perhaps that’s just wishful thinking, but it’s still some interesting food for thought.

Source: Daily Mail
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