A couple of years ago I wrote What do Presidents do when their term is up?, possibly one of my most well-researched and better written posts. In it I examined the post-Presidential career of every US President who survived his Presidency. The post was prompted by a suggestion that if Hillary Clinton became President, that her husband former President Bill Clinton could be appointed to her vacant spot in the Senate.
Well, now we have the answers to that question. Looking back at the post, there are a couple of things that make me chuckle. First, Hillary Clinton didn’t get elected President, but left the Senate anyway to join President Obama’s cabinet. Second, I noted that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer would appoint Senator Clinton’s successor, but since that time Spitzer’s governorship has come to an ingnomious end. Instead, Governor David Patterson appointed Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s new junior senator.
And thus Bill Clinton continues his “retirement years” as the husband of the Secretary of State. Meanwhile, as of January 20, 2009 we have another former President George W. Bush. I can only hope that he follows the example of Jimmy Carter in making his post-Presidency years better than his time in office.