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Former President Bill Clinton answers questions from Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

If there's a classic Bill Clinton pose, this is it.

The 42nd president of the United States was in the nation's capitol on Wednesday for a fiscal summit sponsored by the Pete Peterson Foundation at which he did, roughly, what he always does these days: Offer a defense of the Obama Administration and a more impassioned defense of his time in office.

Here's WaPo's Zach Golfarb on Clinton's remarks:

Clinton said he realizes that some Democrats may have to campaign against the health-care law, or at least keep a distance from it. “There may be some places where the well may be so poisoned that they have to do it,” he said.

But by and large, he said, nobody -- even Albert Einstein -- could have perfectly managed the rollout. The law is popular even in places where it might not be, like his home state of Arkansas, Clinton said.

Clinton then turned to himself. “In the eight years I served, each quintile of the American economy increased in tandem more than at any time since the mid '70s," he said. “You can say that inequality still increased ... but I don’t think there is much you can do about that unless you want to start jailing people.”

It's good to know that some things in politics really never change.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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