I wonder if President Bush started his request with, "It's foreign policy, smart guy":
President Bush solicited foreign policy advice from former President Bill Clinton at CIA briefings this week...
Nothing works on an egomaniac like flattery. And then, while biting his lip to maintain his fabled poker face:
... and even told Mr. Clinton that he liked his approach to reforming Social Security.
At this point, I'm sure President Bush had a difficult time not snickering out loud:
'It was really a lot of fun, Mr. Bush told reporters yesterday after spending three days with Mr. Clinton and former President George Bush in Rome.
See, I told you. I wonder if it was George's idea or Karl's idea to have Bill Clinton go to Rome where he predictably made an ass of himself likening his failures to the Pope's and questioning the Pope's legacy, and where he was then used to help sell Social Security personal savings accounts, which must be good since Bill had proposed them earlier. You want to know why Jimmy Carter wasn't on the trip? While he might well have managed to make a spectacle of himself and distract from the reason for going to Rome in the first place, there remains nothing from Mr. Carter's term in office that can be considered a good idea.
But y'all go on believing George is dumb. I don't mind and I don't think he does either.