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What is Bill Clinton thinking during a Jan. 7 photo-op in the Oval Office?
A little blast from the bast…
I’m sitting here in Denver International Airport and it has been an incredible week. John in Denver did pretty well in capturing last night’s atmosphere at Invesco. It was almost more rock-concert than convention – I’ve never done the wave at a political speech before. I’m not sure that’s the best thing in the world, and I wonder if it plays right into the hands of the McCain celebrity campaign, but I kept thinking as I looked around at the crowd that there is no politician in my life time, no politician since John Kennedy that could have given us that atmosphere. The contrast with stiff, old, awkward John McCain could not have been more striking. (more…)
Carrying on Hillary Clinton’s theme of reminding voters of the republicans’ failures while using his administration’s accomplishments to strengthen the promise of Obama’s potential administration, Clinton proved that despite some of his continued bitterness behind the scenes, he, like most democrats, is a democrat first.
Clinton soon made his objectives clear, “last night, Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she is going to do everything she can to elect Barack Obama…that makes two of us. Actually, that makes 18 million of us. Because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November.”
But perhaps the most telling moment in Clinton’s speech is when he revoked the past statements of the Clinton campaign that Obama was not ready to lead on day one. “Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.”
He backed this up by willingly comparing himself to Obama. “My fellow Democrats,” he began, “16 years ago, you gave me the profound honor to lead our party to victory and to lead our nation to a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity.Together, we prevailed in a hard campaign in which Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief… Sound familiar?”
Nobody in the Obama campaign, no Obama supporter, and no objective journalist can say the Clintons haven’t fully endorsed Barack Obama. Surely, the Obama campaign was extremely happy with both the Clintons’ speeches over the past two days. And surely, no loyal Clinton supporter can vote for McCain or stay home any longer, unless their support was superficial or personality-based in the first place.
Then, with the Clintons at his back, Joe Biden then stepped up to the podium and accomplished his two principal objectives: reminding everyone about his middle-class roots (Didn’t his mother look like everyone’s grandma? The pride in her tearing eyes was as legitimate and refreshing in that black-hole of politics as any other moment in the convention), and easily fitting into the vice-presidential candidate’s role as attack dog.
In comparison to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s speeches, Biden’s was mediocre. It did get the job done though, and showed that Biden is one of the best at moving from a humorous joke (or the best Freudian Slip of his life, mistaking McCain’s name for Bush’s) to a serious attack.
But the Obama campaign surprised everyone (including the media!) when Obama showed up on stage with Biden and his family at the end of the speech, a stirring moment that drew several minutes of applause. The atmosphere was electric, and the convention seemed to be finally culminating towards Obama’s speech in front of 75,000 people on Thursday.
But Obama owes a lot to the Clintons. This was as much their convention as it was his, because it’s success ultimately hinged on their ability to unify their party. And unify they did.
When Hillary Clinton motioned in the early evening to suspend the presidential nomination’s roll call to nominate Obama by acclamation (which was accomplished in a few short seconds), she closed the book and healed the wounds of a highly contested primary season. Bill carried the baton further, and now it’s Obama’s turn. He is in a very risky position, because the bar for his speech has been set so high by his two most influential new supporters.
–Thomas Pavone is the managing editor of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs–
I was just informed by my roommate that blog mogul Perez Hilton has posted a video entry containing allegations that former President Bill Clinton was guilty of extramarital affairs throughout his post-White House years. The video was by none other than the super-twats of the news networks, Fox News. I’m not going to post the link because I’m pissed off. I’m pissed that Vanity Fair would publish an article with such unfounded rumors, with solid sources (dripping with sarcasm here) such as “high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip.” I’m pissed that Fox News would have the gall to stoop even lower in their reporting integrity (but I’m not surprised), daring to cite Vanity Fair as a legitimate secondary fact source. I’m kind of pissed at Perez for playing along and republishing the stinking poo of a video, but I can almost look passed his wrongs because the rumor mill is his job. On the off-chance that there’s even a dash of truth to this nauseating rumor, which I doubt exists, I’m pissed at Clinton for possibly making the Democratic Party and Obama look bad at such a crucial time.
The original Vanity Fair article is an 8-page smutty novel, with synaesthesiac images and snark coming out the sphincter. The gossipy celeb magazine actually calls the 42nd President’s entourage a “skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse.” The whole thing reeks so much of rhetoric it probably cancels out the fumes of the perfume ads that make up the rest of the magazine.
It paints Clinton’s company as promiscuous trash, using non-cited quotes to describe individuals linked to the former president, such as billionaire Ron Burkle (who is he and why do we care?) and his guest who was “not much older than 19, if she was that.” It refers to Burkle’s private jet as “Air Fuck One” and airs other rumors about the billionaire. The article claims that no other U.S. President in history has ever traveled with “such a fast crowd.”
Oh please, Burkle is SINGLE, and I wager if anyone wanted to, they could turn over some logs to reveal a few wormy-friends in any administration. The way which the author, Todd Purdum, manipulates quotes and language are incredibly misleading and suggestive. I’m guessing that this guy couldn’t write a hard news story to satisfy The Onion. Seriously, the rhetorical questions, the innuendo, the insulting tone, the ambiguous quotes without citations, and the ludicrous speculations in this article are laughable.
In short, the entire basis of Vanity Fair’s accusations is sketchy persons associated in some way with Clinton and tabloid rumors. Fox News should never have perpetuated this story, but I’m not suprised, just worried that the press will run with the lies in such a controversial and tiresome election cycle. Even though I’m hoping for an Obama nomination, I’m praying that nothing occurs within the Democratic Party to jeopardize any liberal’s chance at winning a race, especially for the White House. I’m braced for mudslinging, but hoping the Democrats can keep clean enough to ensure a November victory.
â€œHillary called me and said â€˜You donâ€™t remember this. You werenâ€™t there, let me handle it.â€™ I said, â€˜Yes maâ€™am.â€™â€
~ Bill Clinton, in Terre Haute IN, after he brought back up the weeks old media story about Hillary’s misstatements concerning her trip to Bosnia. Originally, this story was not a story. Then it became a story, but it was still completely not a story. Now, it is past its expiration date and Bill is still treating it as a story. Stop.
Our friends at NYMagazine and Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell Jr,Â a writer/producer for JWStraz’s favorite show (The West Wing, duh), have come together to bring us the glorious screenplay: Four Days in Denver.
The Democratic Party is closer than itâ€™s ever been to a political nightmareâ€”a deadlocked convention. Though the odds of its actually happening are still remote, the idea is so rich with dramatic possibility that we asked Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell Jr., former West Wing writer-producer, to play out a scenario in movie-treatment form. The premise is that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton arrive in Denver, neither having sufficient delegates to gain the nomination nor a decisive majority in the popular vote. And so itâ€™s onâ€¦
A sampling of the drama:
Obama suite. Dean and the leadership are meeting with Barack and Michelle Obama.
Barack: But I have the lead in delegates, the lead inâ€”
Reid: We know. We just think a unity ticket is the only way we canâ€”
Michelle: Why should the guy in the lead take the VP slot?
Barack: Because you already asked Hillary to take VP and she said no?
Dean: We havenâ€™t exactly asked her that yet, but if we could tell her youâ€™re ready to accept the vice-presidential nominationâ€‰â€¦
Reid: Barack, if this goes to a second ballot, all hell could break loose.
Dean (pointing to Gore on Larry King): You know Goreâ€™s gonna make a move if we get to a second ballot. You really think you can hang on to all your delegates then?
Barack shoots a worried look at Gore on TV.
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Like many loyal Hillary supporters, I opened my weekly fundraising email expecting more of the same: Hillary, Bill, Chelsea or Elton asking me for “crucial” donations. Along the campaign trail Hillary’s used deadlines, challenges, and pleas to try and topple Obama’s funding lead, but Friday the Clinton campaign unveiled something different: “My Pennsylvania.”
Modeled after online wedding registries, My Pennsylvania allows donors to direct their funding to six categories: TV airtime, online ads, radio spots, signs, vans, and door hangers. As CNN explains, “Supporters can mix and match how much they want to put towards each item and then â€˜check outâ€™ like an online wedding registry.” In addition, each category has set goals, meaning eager donors won’t be spening millions on vans. How clever.
This is one campaign shakeup I’m definately excited about. For a “poor” campaign that is often criticized for issues of transparency, I think this is an interesting way to kill two birds with one stone. Although it could be said such fundraising gimicks only turn this primary campaign into more of a spectacle, I’ll leave it to you to check out.
There is somehow the suggestion that because we are having a vigorous debate about who would be the best president, we are going to weaken this party in the fall. We’re going to win this election if we just chill out and let everybody have their say.”
Bill Clinton Sunday in San Jose, California