Tonight at 10 pm, Chris Matthews’ documentary, The President of the World will air. This show displays the Clinton Phenomena. The show will be fast-moving and details the respect the former president has from admirers all around the world.
Matthews will show how many people in other countries know more about Clinton than they do their own leaders. Clinton has spent his time since the leaving office doing good things. This show has high billing and will air tonight at 10 on MSNBC.
The Washington Post Style section previews the TV event:
Valentine’s Day was a week ago, but MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has belatedly gifted a particular former president with a mash note – strike that, a one-hour special called “President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon,” airing on the cable news channel Monday night.
Why? Because it’s Presidents’ Day. Also because it’s been a full decade since Clinton left office, embarking on an epic quest to remain at the forefront of the celebripoliticomedia hive mind. Or, as Matthews reminds us much more than once: He is Everywhere.
“Bill Clinton’s position in the world continues to grow. He’s part dignitary, part humanitarian, part politician, part international statesman, and somehow, greater than them all,” he intones.
One of the highlights tonight happened recently:
There is no doubt that Clinton has busied himself in worthy ways, especially when he heads toward disasters (wars, tsunamis, earthquakes, hostage crises) to raise relief funds or broker a solution. He loves the world and, as we see on many a tarmac and in convention halls and hotel lobbies hither and yon, the world still loves him. The best part of the special is the story of how two American reporters who were arrested and held in North Korea in 2009 reacted when he showed up to rescue them: The door opened, there stood Bill Clinton, and they collapsed into his arms, weeping with relief.
The show is without criticism. Some of that criticism stems from the fact that Bill Clinton is not yet venerable. He is too young. There is little if any mention of his wife, Hillary, Secretary of State and former presidential candidate. Finally, Matthews has been accused of just longing for the good ole Clinton Days.
I am very guilty of that last statement, and without apology.