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Bill Clinton concedes Obama hasn’t ‘fixed’ the country

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

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Bill Clinton can be utterly brilliant. His speech at the Democratic convention was, I would argue, largely responsible for the bounce Obama enjoyed. Having said that, his comments today seem ill-advised.

“Governor Romney’s argument is, we’re not fixed, so fire him and put me in,” Clinton said during an Obama rally. “It is true we’re not fixed.”

This is clearly true, but is it wise for Clinton to remind us? We hire presidents to fix problems, so an admission that President Obama failed to solve our problems is hardly a terrific rallying cry.

Clinton also reportedly said Mitt Romney’s message is, “we messed it up, he didn’t fix it, put us back in.”

But that premise rests on the notion that Mitt Romney and George W. Bush are exactly the same. This, of course, is why Romney might be wise to continue distancing himself from the last Republican president.