The Odd Couple

Is it just me or is it starting to look like Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush ran against somebody else during that 1992 campaign?

Tuesday they made another joint appearance in the White House on their tsunami relief project. It was like watching Frick and Frack, Curley and Moe, Martin and Lewis, Hope and Crosby. I don't know — two guys who just look like they go together.

This comes after the news that someplace on their tour of tsunami country there was one bed and the guy who just had the heart surgery slept on the floor so the skydiving 80 year old could have the bed.

These were the guys at each other's throats in '92 — Clinton putting the incumbent out on the strength of Ross Perot and the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid." Now, it's the team, stupid and I guess we're all better off for it. It reminds us that enemies in the slugfest should still be able to wander the globe together for a good cause.

Now all this bonhomie covered up what was otherwise a kind of serious bit of news that former President Clinton has to go back for a fix-up of his recent heart surgery. He says it's no big deal. Let's see if he still says so after they do it.

No question Bill is a tough old bird — but when you look at that baggage under his eyes you wonder if he maybe should get a little more sleep.

As for Bush the elder — jumping out of planes at 80 and other stunts. What do we have here: super-seniors gone wild?

So what's the point of all this? Not much really, except an inside secret about how we work here at the My Word corner of "The Big Story."

When you get tape like this of Bill Clinton standing around with George H. W. Bush guffawing and chortling and getting along like two old golf buddies, you've just got to figure out a way to run the tape as long as you can.

And that is precisely what I did today. Hope you enjoyed taking a look at the two ex-presidents.

Bill, get some sleep. And George, no more airplane jumps.

That's My Word.

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