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Clinton Sick of Rove?s B.S.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2006

The Huffington Post has a nice roundup of Bill Clinton gems gleaned from a massive New Yorker piece by David Remnick.  After spending some quality time with the former president, Remnick was able to extract some surprisingly frank comments, including: ?I am sick of Karl Rove’s bulls—t.?


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Here is a non-exhaustive list of nuggets from the piece; those looking for a precis can find one of sorts in the New Yorker PR dept’s aforementioned 1,066-word account, as well as a New Yorker Q&A with Remnick here.

? Clinton on Rove: “I am sick of Karl Rove’s bullshit.”

? Clinton on the Kerry campaign: “Like a deer caught in the headlights.”

? Clinton on watching the World Cup Final in Berlin: “I’m totally psyched for this.”

? Clinton on the vote to go into Iraq: “I’m sick and tired of being told that if you voted for authorization you voted for the war. It was a mistake, and I would have made it, too….The administration did not shoot straight on the nuclear issue or on Saddam’s supposed ties to Al Qaeda prior to 9/11.”

? Chelsea on her father’s handling of the AIDS crisis after writing a thesis on the subject at Oxford: “I gave you a grade,” she told her father. “What did I get?” Clinton asked. “C-plus.” Her rationale: “You didn’t do nearly enough. But you did more than anyone else in the world.”

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By tft, September 21, 2006 at 10:33 am Link to this comment
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oh lance. just what we need.  more people to kiss right wing ass while masquerading as progressives. the war happened because people like you were too spineless to stand with bill clinton when he tried to create a more progressive government.  you were more than likely jumping on the “bash gore” bandwagon that was shiek amongst you phoney liberal-types back in 2000. i hope you are happy with all of the blood and death wrought because you guys were such wuss-asses when it came to taking on the right wing. 

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By yeah baby, September 21, 2006 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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How about this one…

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

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By British Gary, September 21, 2006 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Lance, superb reply.

Remember there were also letters he received from PNAC advocating the invasion of Iraq years beforehand too. Signatories on those letters became part of the Repub. Admin!

I guess he forgot about those…..or maybe he doesn’t like living with guilt…....?

I think that in the post Bush era Clinton’s private adulterations were put in context and now many Americans regret their earlier vitriol against him. Even worse, Bush is SO bad that people are putting Clinton on a pedestal that he doesn’t deserve. He lied once, he’s a politician and he’ll lie again. However, I agree, Clinton is one of the better Presidents in recent years.

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By Darlene, September 20, 2006 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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Lance is all wrong about Bill Clinton he is a 187 iq .Bush 91

Cliton was for the people Bush for the rich.Wake up Lance

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By Flip, September 20, 2006 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment
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“I’d vote for him again…...Go away, Bill.”

hmmmmm.  I think you’re a little confused!

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By Zach Everson, September 20, 2006 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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You left out Clinton’s best quote in the article: “You have to bloom where you’re planted.”

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By Jason, September 19, 2006 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment
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MISTAKE:  Are the people responsible for this government that leads us to ruin in a position to make mistakes.

Is there a system in place to check the facts and balance the consolidation of power?

Could there be a flaw in the system that allowed for this and continues to allow other tragedys to happen?

Or is the flaw engineered.

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By Lance, September 19, 2006 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Bill:

If you voted for the authorization, you voted for the war.  Sorry, but that’s how it worked.  Anyone who didn’t believe in December 2002, after months of op ed pieces talking about the “coming war in Iraq,” and after seeing over a year Bush and his contempt for diplomacy, the UN, and any US obligation to any treaty…anyone who didn’t believe that Bush was going to attack Iraq was a fucking moron.

And by the way - YOU…that’s Bill Clinton - was stating as recently as six months ago that Bush “had to do what he did.”

Frnakly, I’m sick and tired of Bill Clinton’s bullshit.  I voted for the sonofabitch twice and I’d vote for him again, but man…sometimes the guy is a ton of bullshit packed in a quarter ton pickup.

Go away, Bill.

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