Bill Clinton is in London to promote his new book on Giving. He has given interviews to the BBC and The Guardian newspaper.
He tells the BBC that he’d be the happiest person on Earth if his wife won the Presidency next year.
Asked why anti-Americanism is so strong at the moment, Bill Clinton said the Bush administration “squandered” the goodwill that America received after 9/11. He highlighted…
We went on a go-it-alone, ‘our way or the highway’ course, the former President continued, that has alienated much of the world. Much of President Bush’s own party, he said, do not agree with this approach. Grassroots citizens across America have never been more interested in foreign affairs, he said, and restoring America’s standing in the world. There is a great awareness that no country can solve any major problem on its own.
Bill Clinton’s BBC interviewer John Humphrys was recently described as a “superior Brit” and “extreme Leftist” by former UN Ambassador John Bolton. Humphrys has a reputation for being a tough interrogator but, incredibly unusually, he did not interrupt Bill Clinton or pose any hard questions. A good interviewer would have asked Bill Clinton about the failure of the multilateral institutions he so admires to do anything about Rwanda, Darfur or Burma. A fair interviewer would have questioned whether the Democrats’ deepening protectionism would do anything to restore American standing or its support for quitting Iraq with the work unfinished. A robust interviewer would have quizzed Bill Clinton about the unchecked growth of al-Qaeda whilst he was sat in the Oval Office.
“America was open for business and cooperation again after eight years marked by unilateralist policies that have "enrage[d] the world".
Clinton praised Gordon Brown for his “exemplary” handling of the economy. He described him as an "intelligent, disciplined, profoundly concerned person". He said that David Cameron is an “interesting fellow” who he’d like to meet:
"He is very well-spoken and that is about all I know, because I haven't had the chance to meet him or study the back-and-forth of where they are on the issues. He is a good presence for the Conservative Party, but that's about all I know."