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President Obama and Bill Clinton Tee Off Together in Maryland

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite soggy grass, President Obama teed off Saturday with former President Bill Clinton.

It’s the first time that the two have played golf together since Obama became president. Obama chose Joint Base Andrews in Maryland — his usual golf spot — for the outing with the former president. The area in and around the nation’s capital experienced heavy rain Friday, but that didn’t stop the president from doing his usual weekend routine.

The outing with the former president could stoke speculation about whether Obama wants Clinton’s help pushing his $447 billion jobs plan. Last December, when Obama wanted to push for a tax cut compromise, he brought former Clinton with him into the press briefing room at the White House. After brief remarks, Obama left for a holiday party, and Clinton, in a surprise move, took over the briefing.

Will Clinton once again be used as Obama’s closer?

Obama addressed former Clinton’s annual global initiative Wednesday in New York.

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President Clinton Says Gridlock in Washington Hurting the Economy

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- On the eve of the annual meeting of his Clinton Global Initiative, Former President Bill Clinton says that partisanship in Washington is hampering any ability to reach economic solutions for the country.

"We live in a time where there's this huge disconnect between the way the political system works and the way the economic system works," President Clinton told "This Week" anchor Christiane Amanpour. "If you want to put people to work, we've got to focus on what works, and what works is not all this back and forth fighting in Washington."

"Conflict has proved to be remarkably good politics," Clinton added. "It's very hard for the people in Washington, who got there based on pure conflict, pure attack, pure ideology, to take it seriously when their same constituents are saying please do something positive. That's not how they got elected."

Most recent polls have shown dissatisfaction with both President Obama's and Congressional leadership on the economy, but Clinton believes the jobs plan that President Obama has outlined can help improve the economic outlook.

"There's a lot of upheaval now," Clinton said. "People are feeling disjointed because they're hurting economically and they don't see the country going forward."

Clinton says he supports investments outlined in President Obama's jobs plan, believing they can work together with private sector investments to spur growth and reduce unemployment.

"I think that it's a very good program that he outlined," Clinton said, praising payroll tax cuts and incentives to hire the long-term unemployed that President Obama has called for. "I think if the Congress seriously takes him up on it and they start trying to work through it and get anything approaching the amount of activity that was recommended, they could put about two percent more on the GDP growth of the coming year… It will put a million or two million people to work, and we'll be on the way back."

The lead topic for the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting this year will be "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Generating Employment for the 21st Century," with world leaders and CEOs convening over the next week to tackle solutions to the global unemployment crisis, with additional focus on green energy investments worldwide, and empowering girls and women.

"I believe that we, those of us who aren't in government, can think of ways to create jobs which will reinforce what I believe are the positive suggestions coming out of Washington," Clinton said. "So what we should do is focus on possible areas of job creation that will free up some of the corporate money that's in treasuries now, that could be invested in America, and make bank loans more attractive to create jobs."

"I will ask them to put aside for the moment whatever their recommendations are to Washington … and just think about where we are now and what we can do now with the resources we now have," Clinton added.

Clinton said there are cities around the country such as San Diego and Pittsburgh that are experiencing growth and innovation, despite gridlock in Washington.

"There are places all over America, believe it or not, that have low unemployment, high growth, strong home prices, jobs being created, a shortage of skilled workers," Clinton said. "Every place the American economy is booming, cooperation is the order of the day… We need some signal out of Washington that they understand that cooperation is good economics, even if conflict is good politics."

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Score One For Obama, Tax Bill Victory Looks Likely

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a week of arm twisting, negotiating, endorsement peddling -- and even an impromptu press conference held by former President Bill Clinton -- President Obama looks like he has successfully contained a revolt from within his own party and will get his way on taxes.

Lead House tax negotiator Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD., said on Fox News Sunday the House "will have an opportunity to work its will, and that “we're not going to hold this thing up at the end of the day.”

“The main sticking point,” according to Van Hollen, is the estate tax. Although the estate tax is currently zeroed out, the compromise tax plan would lower what had been a 55 percent tax on estates to 35 percent, a reduction that has been a major source of Democratic complaints.

The Senate is expected to hold its first votes on the tax measure Monday.

During his television appearances over the weekend, White House senior adviser David Axelrod took care to mention that the compromise tax plan now featured a renewable energy tax credit, an incentive pushed for by key Democrats. In short, tweaks like that give Democrats a chance to save face while not making sweeping changes to the deal.

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ABC Exclusive: President Clinton Says of Democrats, 'Reports of Our Demise Have Been Exaggerated'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- How bad will this election be for Democrats? Bill Clinton tells ABC News the answer depends on how badly Democrats want to win.

ABC News caught up with the former president as he worked the crowd at a rally in Chicago, where he stumped for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and several other Democratic candidates.

"If we want it bad enough to go out there and work for it, I think we'll get it," Clinton said. "This is the largest number of close races I've ever seen across America. I've never seen it like this."

The former president said Democrats are having a hard time getting their message out, in part because the news media focuses more on politics than on the substantive differences between candidates. He said he can relate to President Obama's troubles.

"Anybody who has ever been there will tell you how hard it is to get a fact-based message out," Clinton said.

"It's what happened to me in '94. When you get in, you are wanting to do things," he said. "There's almost an inverse relationship in how much you accomplish and what people know about it."

Despite those difficulties, things are starting to look up for his party, Clinton said. "We're getting there. The president's getting out and around and I see a lot more intensity at these rallies now in the last three weeks," he said. "So I think it will be a great mistake to count us out. Reports of our demise have been exaggerated."

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Bill Clinton Hits Campaign Trail for Democrats

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former president Bill Clinton says Democrats are not yet putting up a good fight. He was on the campaign trail this weekend, playing defense deep in home territory, where, in a typical election year, Democrats would be leading comfortably: the solid-blue states of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Clinton is campaigning for longtime politicians, including Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Senate hopeful, and 30-year Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who crushed his last opponent. In three earlier races, the Republicans ran no one against Frank. Now, the president's point-man on the banking bailout is also on the endangered list.

Also on the campaign trail Tuesday will be campaigner-in-chief President Obama in Wisconsin and Vice President Joe Biden at Penn State. Next month, Democrats bring out the most popular resident of the White House: first lady Michelle Obama.

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