He’s ‘A Risk’ … ‘A Roll of the Dice’

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 17, 2007 2:54pm

I wonder if President Clinton had any sort of déjà vu when on the Charlie Rose Show Friday he characterized Obama’s supporters as thinking "we’re willing to risk it … we’re prepared to roll the dice."

I’m old enough, regrettably, for that language to seem familiar … familiar … familiar … (Cue flashback music and video dissolve.)

I see it now … they’re assailing the handsome young candidate as a risk … as a roll of the dice.

"We simply cannot take the risk on Governor Clinton," said then-President George H.W. Bush in November 1992. "His experience and character do not meet the criterion of the Oval Office."

Said Bush adviser Robert Blackwill to the Hotline in August ’92: "This is not a time to gamble with our future.  Electing Bill Clinton president would be rolling the dice."

And on and on and on. But you get the idea.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to change out of these acid-washed Bugle Boy jeans I somehow find myself wearing.

– jpt

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