Interestingly at the end of last week during the IHS CERAWeek conference held in Houston, Texas, former President Bill Clinton said that Obama’s constant delays on issuing offshore oil drilling permits was “ridiculous.” With this one might be able to claim that Bill Clinton is a “drill, baby, drill” booster, just like Sarah Palin!

Politico is reporting that Bill Clinton agreed with fellow speaker former President George W. Bush on many of his points concerning the oil and gas industry and agreed that the hurdles that Obama’s government have been thrown up before them are ill advised.

“Bush said all the things you’d expect him to say” on oil and gas issues, said Jim Noe, senior vice president at Hercules Offshore and executive director of the pro-drilling Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition. But Clinton added, “You’d be surprised to know that I agree with all that,” according to Noe and others in the room.

Clinton said there are “ridiculous delays in permitting when our economy doesn’t need it,” according to Noe and others.

Some may be shocked that Clinton agreed so readily with George W. Bush on the subject, but perhaps it isn’t too unusual. After all, one has to remember that Clinton was far, far more business-friendly than the anti-business Obama administration.

Clinton is right, too, that Obama is harming our economic recovery and putting us further on the road to dependency on foreign oil.

There is another thing going on here, though. Bill Clinton is a canny politician, we all know, and what is very convenient for him here is that no reporters or video was allowed in this closed meeting. This means that Clinton was able to offer his candid, business-friendly opinion even as he knew darn well that no video or direct reports could be made of it.

Clinton knows that this story won’t be reported widely in press because the media won’t be much interested in a story with no reporters present and no photos and no video extant. His business-friendly comments can make the rounds in the business community and will otherwise be ignored.

This way the former prez can have his cake and eat it, too.

Very canny, indeed.