Former president Bill Clinton speaks to the media with President Obama in the White House Briefing Room on Dec. 10, 2010, after a private meeting in the Oval Office.Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images
2010: Presidents join forces
Clinton joins Obama following midterm losses
Democrats suffered a major blow in the 2010 midterm elections, losing control of the House and a number of seats from their Senate majority. Who better to provide counsel to a Democratic president who'd suffered a significant political defeat ahead of a re-election campaign than another Democratic president who recovered from a similar rejection by voters to win a second term.
At an impromptu press conference at the White House, the two chief executives appeared before reporters. Obama left at the 11-minute mark, but the famously voluble Clinton would field questions for another 20 minutes. During the appearance, Clinton endorsed Obama's plan to support a temporary extension of tax cuts championed by President George W. Bush.