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Bill Clinton: Obama should talk up economy

It used to be gospel in the nation's powercenter: Presidents didn't talk publicly about what the markets weredoing. The notion was that anything a president said on thissubject could be too easily misinterpreted, sending Wall Streetinto a dive.

Now, former President Clinton says he thinks President BarackObama should talk more optimistically about the prospects that thenation will recover from its current deep economic woes.

Clinton said he wants Obama to assure the people that Americawill surmount this problem. But at the same time, the formerpresident said in an interview broadcast Friday on ABC's "GoodMorning America" that "I like the fact that he didn't come in andgive us a bunch of happy talk."

He also said he believes "you will see some good economic newsform the stimulus fairly soon."

For his part, Obama has said he thinks the country will get pastthe recession, but that it will be a long slog.

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