Bill Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel: ‘most days, I don’t miss’ White House

Former President Bill Clinton made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday. The late night host questioned Clinton about his vegan diet, extraterrestrial life and Hillary and Chelsea's potential bids for office. (The Washington Post)

 

Former President Bill Clinton doesn’t miss the White House most of the time, he confessed during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

But that’s because there’s no point in such nostalgia. “Most days I don’t miss it,” he said. “l loved doing the job, but one of the most important things… when you’re doing something you know you can’t do forever, you’ve got to organize your life so you don’t spend a minute, if possible, wishing you could do something you can’t do.”

Clinton, who avoided questions about whether his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would someday run for president, also gave a rather lengthy explanation of why he couldn’t serve as vice president in the future that made it sound like he’d really thought it through. “I don’t believe I could do that,” he said. “It would undermine the spirit of the Constitution.”

The philosophical Clinton also assured Kimmel there are no aliens at Area 51, though he indicated that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there was life beyond Earth. “I hope it’s not like ‘Independence Day,’ ” he joked, adding that such a scenario “might be the only way to unite this divided world of ours.”

Clinton’s appearance was payback of sorts to Kimmel, who moderated a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State several weeks ago.

Other late-night highlights from Clinton’s appearance:

– On the political future of boxer Manny Pacquiao, another Kimmel guest on Thursday night, who serves in the Philippine parliament: “I hope he goes right on up the ladder. He’s a great guy and he’s a great role model in his country. He’s very strong and honest.”

– Asked whether he misses being called “the first black president”: “I loved being called the first black president, but Barack Obama really is, he deserves it.”

– On Toronto mayor Rob Ford: “He has absolutely destroyed every stereotype that people have about Canadians.”

– On his vegan diet: Clinton said he misses hard cheeses, like cheddar. “But I feel a lot better.”

– On daughter Chelsea: Proud dad noted that when Chelsea gets her doctorate from Oxford, she’ll have four degrees. “That’s as many as her parents do — combined.”

– He also dispensed advice to young people, like those in Ukraine: “All these people who want to build modern, cooperative prosperous societies have got to understand that no matter how distasteful they find politics, if you don’t play it, someone else will and you will lose if you sit it out… You’ve got to suit up and play the game.”

Despite the lip service the former president gave young people during his visit with Kimmel, it seems Clinton’s youth appeal is limited: he got a bit of a dis from Arden Hayes, a six year-old “whiz kid” who was Kimmel’s first guest. Before quizzing him on the periodic table, Kimmel prodded him to praise Clinton, who he just met backstage, asking if he was one of the boy’s favorite presidents.

“Truman’s my favorite president,” the boy responded.

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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