NEW YORK — For Bill Clinton, it is again the economy, stupid.
The former president has finished writing a new book, “Back to Work,” which comes out in November. In a telephone interview Thursday with The Associated Press, he called the 200-page book a guide to the current economic slump, how it was caused and how to recover.
“I actually started thinking about it [the book] after the 2010 election, because I did 130 events and after every event people would come up to me and say, ‘I didn’t know this,’ ‘I didn’t know that,”’ Clinton said.
“It was like the 21st-century version of the 1994 election, in which there was this enormously effective campaign against government, as if the government were responsible for all of this.”
“Back to Work” is Clinton’s third book since leaving office, following his million-selling memoir “My Life” and a work on philanthropy and community activism, “Giving.” As with his previous books, the publisher is Alfred A. Knopf and the editor is Robert Gottlieb, whose other authors include Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert Caro and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Deals for al l three books were negotiated by Washington attorney Robert Barnett.
Clinton said Thursday that he began writing “Back to Work” in the spring, basing it on notes he has been compiling for years. He said he spends about an hour and a half each day studying the economy and wants the book to reinforce President Obama’s proposals, including his recent jobs plan and call for raising taxes on millionaires.
Ted Haggard to appear on wife swap television show
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard and Hollywood actor Gary Busey are trading partners for a week for an upcoming edition of ABC-TV’s “Celebrity Wife Swap.”
Haggard’s wife Gayle will temporarily move in with Busey. It was unclear if the actor’s longtime girlfriend would be the one to stay with Haggard under the arrangement.
Haggard’s New Life Church in Colorado Springs had about 14,000 followers when he resigned in 2006 after a man said Haggard paid him for sex for more than three years. The reality show isn’t about infidelity, but about wives experiencing daily life in another wife’s home.
The Denver Post says the network and the production company confirmed the program plans.