Bill Clinton thinks he deserves more credit for reforming welfare and balancing the budget.Bill Clinton had a relatively successful presidency, accomplishing a balanced budget and welfare reform, because he moved toward the Republican position. They didn't move toward him. Consequently, it was pretty easy to pass those things and get him to sign them.
“I go crazy every time I read the conventional wisdom,” he said Friday night at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. “So part of the Republican narrative is that I was ‘saved’ from myself by the election of the Republican Congress [in 1994] that ‘forced me’ to do welfare reform and ‘made the balanced budget possible.’”
Obama is such a liberal ideologue he just can't find it within him to move toward the GOP on anything. Consequently, his presidency will be a failure. The GOP will not sign on to more big spending/big government plans. They're dead on arrival. If Obama wants to have any successes in his remaining term he must move toward the GOP.