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TheChat: President Obama to President Clinton: `Let’s move!’

Obama gestures to Clinton
Obama gestures to Clinton

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▪ “Bill, let’s go!” — President Barack Obama yelling to former President Bill Clinton, urging him to get aboard Air Force One so that the plane can depart Israel for the trip home following the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Only a president can talk to another president this way. Clinton has a reputation for taking his time and keeping other people — sometimes lots of other people — waiting until he’s darn good and ready.

▪ “She's nasty, but I can be nastier than she ever can be.” — Donald Trump talking about Hillary Clinton.

Trump is now attacking his rival over her husband’s marital indiscretions and rethinking his pledge to back Hillary Clinton if she defeats him in November. Trump apparently is seeking to unnerve the Democrat to gain an advantage in their next faceoff. “Hillary Clinton was married to the single greatest abuser of women in the history of politics,” Trump said. “Hillary was an enabler, and she attacked the women who Bill Clinton mistreated afterward. I think it’s a serious problem for them, and it’s something that I’m considering talking about more in the near future.”

▪ “Senator, somebody who sets a fire and then puts it out is not a fireman, they’re an arsonist.” — Democrat Jason Kander addressing Republican incumbent Roy Blunt at their debate Friday in a reference to cuts to Pell grants for college students.

Kander accused Blunt of supporting reductions to Pell grants, then backing restoration of those cuts. Blunt said Democrats had backed the move.

▪ “You know, it's something that (Eric Greitens) and Sheena are talking about this weekend, and it's certainly something they're considering. They've got to make that decision as a family. “ — a spokesman for Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens on whether the Republican will release his tax returns.

Democratic Chris Koster, Greitens’ chief opponent, has released his returns. The issue is a significant one in the race between Clinton and Trump for the presidency, but there is no tradition for gubernatorial candidates to release the information.