At an event Thursday evening at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former Presidents Clinton and Bush reflected on their time in office and what it takes to become president. Clinton’s words are particulary interesting given his wife’s experience in 2016.
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I think you have to begin with the end in mind.
Yeah, you have to win the election, but why in the Heck are you running?
That’s the other thing I notced about [President Bush]. When he ran for governor against Ann Richards, he didn’t say Ann Richards is a klutz. He said I want to be governor because I want to do these three things.
A couple of them I didn’t agree with, but he had an agenda.
If you want to be president, realize it is about the people, not about you.
And when it is over, and that’s what a lot of these people who get real arrogant in office, they forget. Time passes. And it passes more quickly than you expect.
You want to be able to say: People are better off when I quit, kids were having a better future, things were coming together.
You don’t want to say: God, look at all the people I beat. The people I worked over.
I think the most important thing is to be humble, to listen, to realize everyone has a story.
source–real clear politics, bull clinton, tim hains