Bill Clinton at Age 63: Has He Regained his Mojo?

And Clinton's 63rd birthday may just be even more celebratory than his 62nd, according to Thomas Whalen, a presidential historian at Boston University.

"He's really proved that he's truly the comeback kid," Whalen told ABCNews.com. "Just when everyone was ready to write him off politically and began thinking his time had passed and it was time for the old rocking chair, he pulls off that high-profile rescue of the two journalists and he's back in the national consciousness."

Whalen suspects Clinton will continue to garner the spotlight as the health care debate moves forward.

"Once again, he's like a phoenix rising from the ashes – quite a bit has happened in the last year and this will definitely be a far more joyous occasion than [his last birthday]," said Whalen.

This time last year there was a "dark cloud" over Clinton, said Whalen, who believes this year's birthday celebration will be "far more joyous than the last."

"The former president was incensed that his wife was losing the primaries and there were a lot of whispers that he'd lost his political fastball," he said. "We've since seen that we probably were writing him off prematurely."

Whalen, who says that its common for there to be concern as to what a former president will do after they leave the White House, believes that Clinton is "proving that you can still be a significant figure on the world stage and make an appreciable difference on various public issues."

Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Clinton and a friend of the family for nearly 40 years, says he's never met anyone who is "more brilliant and more committed idealistically to the public good" than Clinton.

"Clinton should celebrate his birthday not only by looking back on a presidency which has to be historically declared to be immensely successful but also by looking forward," said Davis. "He's created out of nothing a whole new edifice for public good; and he's done it in less than nine years."

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