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Jun252011

Bill Clinton Opens Up About Post-Presidency Life

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former President Bill Clinton joined the weekly radio quiz show Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on NPR and proved he was an expert on My Little Pony.

Host Peter Sagal and judge Carl Kasell quizzed Clinton on the television show My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic, and much to his own surprise, the former president and Rhodes scholar went three for three on questions about the animated pony feature.

“Now this is the part where you make me look like a fool right?” Clinton asked before the question round began.

This was Clinton’s first time on the weekly quiz show, which attempts to stump some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world. Clinton answered questions on the talents of the ponies and who their most powerful enemy is.

Prior to the quiz round, Clinton said he is having the most fun in his life post-presidency but admitted he misses some of the perks that come with living in the White House.

“An army, a movie theater, a weekend retreat, a helicopter, a jet airplane and they always play a song when you walk in the room,” Clinton joked. “The worst thing about not being president anymore is I was disoriented for three weeks because nobody ever played a song when I walked in a room. I didn’t know where I was.”

Clinton said he has easily transitioned into playing the role of spouse to Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. And since they both juggle hectic schedules, the former president said he and his wife try to be home on the weekends and communicate via text message while they’re apart.  

“We send texts when she’s overseas or I’m overseas,” Clinton said. “Now that I said that, I can’t wait for somebody to pull them up. They’ll be boring but endearing I hope.”

In his post-presidency, Clinton has dedicated much of his time to enhancing global reform through his organization the Clinton Global Initiative.

“When you’re a former president, you have much less power but you have a lifetime of experience and contacts, and if you’ve got the energy, you can bring influence to bear on a small but still fairly substantial number of things where you can concentrate on it because you don’t have to change the subject when you wake up in the morning and there’s something else in the newspaper.”

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