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Bill Clinton Doesn’t Want ‘Any S—- From Anybody’

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Posted on Apr 22, 2008
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Speaking over the phone to Philadelphia’s WHYY, Bill Clinton defended his controversial comments following the South Carolina primary, saying the Obama campaign had played the race card against him. After the interview, apparently neglecting to hang up, the former president could be heard using language not normally aired on public radio: “I don’t think I should take any s—- from anybody on that, do you?”

Update: Clinton bristled when asked to comment on the comment: “No, no, no, that’s not what I said. ... You always follow me around and play these little games. And I am not going to play your games today.” Click here for the full quote.


(via Y-Decide 2008)


The former president had been asked whether his remarks comparing Obama’s strong showing in South Carolina to that of Jesse Jackson in 1988 had been a mistake given their impact on his wife Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “No, I think that they played the race card on me,” said Clinton, “and we now know from memos from the campaign and everything that they planned to do it all along.”

“We were talking about South Carolina political history and this was used out of context and twisted for political purposes by the Obama campaign to try to breed resentment elsewhere. And you know, do I regret saying it? No. Do I regret that it was used that way? I certainly do. But you really got to go some to try to portray me as a racist.”

He added that the way Obama’s campaign had reacted was “disrespectful to Jesse Jackson” and that the former presidential candidate had told him he was not offended, and that “we all know what’s going on.”

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By dee, April 26, 2008 at 8:49 am Link to this comment
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I personally feel kinda sad for Bill Clinton- before his wife’s run for president he was held in high regard by a large majority of the country and by people abroad.
Now everyone just wants him to shut up, take a backseat- disappear. His image is tarnished beyond repair- he is as of now more hated than Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton combined.

Now why does a man who was once revered by the world do this to himself? the answer is simple- HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE- very publicly cheated. There is no fury like a woman’s fury—You thought he got off easy with Hilary back when Lewinsky happened? well I guess we can all see that HE DIDN’T- He can’t stop even if he wanted to-SADDDDDDDDDDD

He knows she can’t win, and that her tactics are venomous- but he owes her and has no choice but to stand by her and promote her as she did during the infamous “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” episode.

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By DennisD, April 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment
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Truthdig - repeat after me, this election is not about Bill (Slick Wil-lie) Clinton.

I realize you have to fill up page space everyday but this non-story is really bullsh*t.

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By ted tyson, April 22, 2008 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

Clinton explained the issue concisely during the radio interview.  He’s been a bit emotional lately, but I’m proud of him for continuing to fight.  The hatred Obama supporters found so easily for the Clintons from the outset of this campaign is part of the cultish creepiness spoiling their candidate.  The Clintons helped create this opportunity for the Obamas, and Barack’s supporters should be ashamed of themselves for misrepresenting Clinton’s views just to gain a cheaply won electoral victory.


                Ted Tyson
                Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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By jackpine savage, April 22, 2008 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Dear President Clinton,

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


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By PatrickHenry, April 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment

As a voter who once thought good of him, time has proven the extent of which some ex-leaders will go through to catch some of the lime-light once again.


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By felicity, April 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

Someone said that all politics are local.  With the Clintons all politics are personal - a vast right-wing conspiracy, profiteering bimbos, a crazed Attorney General…and now it’s Obama out to get them.

I am sick to death of the Clinton’s personal neuroses being the responsibility of the American people to assuage.  Will they destroy the Party to satisfy their egos?  We’ll see.

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By Outraged, April 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

I’ve heard this ol’ cry-baby racists calling everyone else racist because they can’t spew their hate and fictitious superiority freely.  It’s such an old tactic.

I’ve (and certainly I’m not alone) have had to put up with the added “private” derogatory comments that are said after the public ones.  Then they laugh about it and gloat claiming, “there isn’t a damn thing those “whatevers” can do about it”. It truly is disgusting to be in the company of these people. They are ones the word “sleazeball” was coined in honor of.  We have these types commenting here at Truthdig and you can see how fruitless it is to engage in any measure of logic or sanity with such glorified debasement. 

In all seriousness, they don’t even like “white” people all that much either since they’re so engrossed in hate.  It’s as if their mission in life is to look for the worst in people, they’re always trying to create tension where there is none,  they’re the type of people who would steal candy from a baby and then laugh about how easy it was.  Aside from rapists and child molesters it’s hard to find a match for the complete lack of humanity in these types.

Aside from that, why doesn’t Bill just shut up and come talk to America when he figures out what “is”, IS.

(Pssst…. Oh Bill, we don’t think we should have to put up with that shit from you….and we never did.)  Capeesh?

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By LibertyWatch, April 22, 2008 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

The manure flows out and downward from Clintonville!

All the s—- is coming from the Clinton’s. I certainly hope they do not get back into the Whitehouse! We will have another decade of their manure generators to dig out from under. . . GO Barack! Beat team Clinton!

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By Truth, April 22, 2008 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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Pres.Clinton is not a racist and this is all about politics and a irresponsible media. If 90% of whites were voting for Hillary I think Sharpton and Uncle Jesse would be crying racism. I have no idea how Obama relates to the everyday black and I think it is just a skin color thing. But don’t say this to anyone because the Obamabots will crucify you.

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By cyrena, April 22, 2008 at 11:24 am Link to this comment


You’re still as delusional as Bill if you think that the 13% of the black population in this country, (only half of whom actually vote) are actually directing the course of Obama’s momentum to victory.

There aren’t that many black people on the entire globe. So how do you account for the MAJORITY of voters, (WHITE) that have put Obama in the lead for the presidency?

Your ignorant insult that 90% of blacks are ‘only voting for him because he’s black’ doesn’t seem to fit into the equation of how or why 70% of WHITE people are voting for him.

So, what’s your excuse there? Are 70% of white people voting for Barack Obama just because he’s black?

You sound dumber and dumber everytime you post.

And poor Bill, he used to be a really smart guy..maybe he still is, but just having a major meltdown.

Anyway, I’m with Bill on this part, just like he’s not taking any shit from anybody, I’m not taking it from him, or Hillary, or anybody else that keeps blasting propaganda everywhere they can.

So, ‘negative on the bullshit’ (as we used to say in the field).

Not having it…

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By ib, April 22, 2008 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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He is correct, but facts are not always what people want to hear

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By Lee, April 22, 2008 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

I agree with Bill Clinton. The Obama campaign has definitely been playing the race card throughout this entire campaign. Their objective was to discredit Bill Clinton, ‘the only black president’ so they could take potential black votes away from Hillary. Also, the Obama campaign is very well organized with bloggers, who in droves, will instantly brand anyone who opposes Obama, as a racist. The fact that 90 % of blacks are voting for Obama, only because he is black is another factor of how racism is working to Obama’s advantage. It’s interesting how an unvetted Obama gained his momentum, and an early lead, based upon the falsely circulated belief that he was the unifier, above race. Then we find out about his 20 year relationship with his racist pastor, and his sworn allegiance to the racist ‘black values system”... and, now Obama and his followers are feverishly accusing Bill Clinton of being a racist, when in reality, Bill Clinton supported black people more than any other modern day president. Obama will do anything to get elected!!!

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