Bill Settles In to New Role
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 7:05 PM CDT
Bill Clinton speaks at an AIDS benefit during the Cannes film festival last week.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton: globetrotter, world diplomat, crafts shop enthusiast. Peter Baker profiles the former president in New York Times magazine as he adjusts to his new role—this time as the spouse of a Cabinet member. "We've reversed roles," says Clinton, who loves to shop for Hillary and female staffers in between speeches. Clinton has largely patched up relations with Obama—"his blood pressure is down again," says longtime buddy Mack McClarty—although he remains peeved at Ted Kennedy and Bill Richardson.

Despite worries that Clinton would try to interfere, things have gone smoothly. He sends the occasional memo to the national security adviser and speaks fairly regularly with Joe Biden. As for his wife, "If she asks (and she does "frequently"), I'll tell her what I think." Hillary, he jokes at another point, "used to look forward to me coming home from wherever I’ve been. Now I’m afraid I’ll be second fiddle to whatever world leader she’s just met.”