Joe Scarborough Cites Bill Clinton As A Shining Example Of Perseverance

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough held up former President Bill Clinton as a shining example of perseverance, on “Morning Joe” Tuesday, and praised him for his “short memory.”

Scarborough claimed many candidates who ascend to the White House are surprised at how restricted their power is and said they need to better prepare for limitations on their authority. (RELATED: Scarborough Blames Hillary, Not Russia For 2016 Election Loss)

“Donald Trump came in thinking the presidency was much more powerful,” Scarborough said. “It is frustrating. I could add Ronald Reagan’s name to that list. He dealt with Tip O’Neill and dealt with a lot of Democrats and he got a lot done over eight years, but it’s a frustrating process.”


“I think that’s something of the 18,000 people thinking about running for president in 2020, they need to understand it is a frustrating position,” he continued. “And it’s sort of — it’s like servant leadership. You have to deal with people who are trying to take your head off politically every day.”

Scarborough then praised Clinton for his poise under pressure and his ability to brush off scandals to continue doing his job.

“That’s the game. And if you’re somebody like Bill Clinton, who like I said can be impeached on Tuesday and on a Wednesday be working to pass the next bill — then that’s how you succeed,” Scarborough concluded. “I remember Bill Clinton telling me one time that the best skill any governor or any president can have is a short memory. And, you know what? He was exactly right.”

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