At President Obama’s request, former President Bill Clinton will come to the White House to discuss strategy going forward.
President Obama first requested to meet with President Clinton a few weeks ago, but scheduling for the two extremely busy men has been challenging, sources say.
In recent weeks President Obama has been meeting with a host of political voices from outside his White House bubble. Those with whom he’s conferred have included former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD and former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta.
The shifting political landscape – a soon-to-be Republican House, a Senate with a much narrower Democratic majority, a rebellious and dissatisfied Democratic base on Capitol Hill – has the president thinking about what he needs to do to successfully govern over the next two years — and of course, on how to be re-elected in 2012.
President Clinton suffered far a greater defeat – or “shellacking,” in President Obama’s terminology – at the polls during the midterms of his first term, with Democrats having lost both the Senate and the House.
The meeting was first reported by the New York Times' Michael Shear.