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Boehner, Bush, and Clinton make good on a podium promise

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 21, 2011 8:45 PM

In retrospect, promising to help raise the additional $10 million needed to complete the Flight 93 National Memorial may have been the most popular thing a former president could do in front of a crowd of thousands at the memorial’s September 10th dedication.

That’s what President Bill Clinton did as he wound down his speech at the ceremony – by claiming to be “aghast” that the memorial still wasn’t fully funded. 

“Since I am no longer in office I can do unpopular things,” said Clinton.  “Speaker Boehner and I have already volunteered to do a bipartisan event in Washington.  Let’s get this show on the road.  Let’s roll.”

And it looks like it’s happening – Yahoo News reports that President George W. Bush is also involved in the effort.  No word yet on when the first event is scheduled – or how much a plate will run you. 

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