Asked to say one nice thing about President Bush, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
went one better: He named two things - charm and charisma.
Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at a conference in Albany, N.Y., Saturday, April
29, 2006. [AP\File]
"He is someone who has a lot of charm and charisma, and I think in the
immediate aftermath of 9/11, I was very grateful to him for his support for New
York," Clinton said Tuesday night during a talk at the National Archives about
her life in politics.
Clinton, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, said that despite their
"many disagreements about many, many issues," she has always had a good personal
relationship with the president.
"He's been very willing to talk. He's been affable. He's been good company,"
said Clinton, D-N.Y.
The junior senator from New York, who is up for re-election this year, said
she is still thankful for Bush's personal commitment to helping rebuild lower
Manhattan after Sept. 11, 2001.
She recalled how the president, in the grim days that followed the terror
attacks, pledged in a private meeting with New York lawmakers to help rebuild
the shattered city.
"It was a very personal, very emotional discussion and when we asked him for
the help that New York needed he immediately said yes," said Clinton.
At that meeting, Bush pledged more than $20 billion in aid and tax
incentives. Some New York Democrats have since charged the Bush administration
has fallen billions of dollars short of that goal because some of the programs
were underused, but Clinton said the president kept his promise.
"He always kept it on track," she said. "He made sure we got the resources
that we needed and I'm very grateful to him for that. ... I am very appreciative
in the time when the people I represented needed his help, he was there for