Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonPatagonia threatens to sue Trump over national monuments order Robert Siegel leaving NPR's 'All Things Considered' Press: Hillary's doomed bid MORE criticizes President Obama for his handling of the debt ceiling in a new book, arguing that Obama should have increased the limit while Democrats still controlled Congress.
Clinton says that last summer's political fight over the debt limit and the risk of defaulting on the debt made the U.S. look "weak and confused," according to the Associated Press, which received an advance copy of Clinton's book, titled "Back to Work."
The book is scheduled for release on Tuesday.
Overall, Clinton praises Obama for preventing a financial collapse at the beginning of his presidency and for taking steps to pull the nation out of a lingering recession. Clinton also pushes for Obama's jobs bill, the New York Times reports in its preview of the book. The president claims the bill would create millions of jobs.
But Clinton worries that Obama has not been effective in explaining his policies to the public. Clinton said that he took it upon himself to explain the administration's economic policies "in plain language" as he campaigned on behalf of Democrats around the country leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.
He campaigned primarily for candidates who had supported his wife, Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama's speech proves hypocrisy of Democrat's anti-Wall Street rhetoric Lawmakers targeted as district politics shift Want a tremendous deal on infrastructure spending? Suspend Davis-Bacon MORE, during her presidential primary battle with Obama in 2008.
Clinton says that he and Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump’s wall jams GOP in shutdown talks Bipartisan friendship is a civil solution to political dysfunction Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE tried to persuade the Democratic National Committee to distribute clear talking points to activists before the midterm election to explain to voters what Democrats had accomplished while in power.
"We couldn't persuade the decision makers to do so," Clinton said.
The book is Clinton's case for why the country should support Obama's economic policies. “He both sells it and wants them to sell it more,” John Podesta, a former chief of staff to Clinton chief of staff, told the New York Times.
Clinton proudly discusses his own eight years in the White House in the book, saying his policies created 22 million jobs and balanced the federal budget. He says that he was able to win support for increasing taxes on high-income earners because "I didn't attack them for their success."