Tag Archives: Bill Clinton

No Clarification Needed

March 5th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

At the end of last week, I wrote about the Obama-Clinton face off in Selma, Alabama this weekend. In this morning’s Washington Post, Anne Kornblut and Peter Whoriskey go to great lengths to clarify a point that didn’t really need clarification at all.

“This is the site of my conception. I am the fruits of your labor,” Obama told an audience of civil rights movement veterans. “When people ask me if I’ve been to Selma before, I tell them I’m coming home.” An aide later said the senator did not mean to imply that his birth was a literal result of the Selma marches but rather of the movement overall.

You can watch clips and read the transcript of Obama and Clinton on their websites. Both candidates made great speeches. However, as expected, Sen. Clinton was kind of upstaged by the other Clinton…no, not Chelsea.

National Public Radio also does a great piece on the Selma events. Have a listen.

When Stars Collide

March 2nd, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

The Washington Post ran a story this morning noting that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) campaigns will cross paths this weekend in beautiful Selma, Alabama.

Obama will give the keynote speech at a service honoring the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, the site of “Bloody Sunday.”

Obama (D-Ill.) announced several weeks ago that he would deliver the keynote speech at a service honoring the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, joining Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other veterans of the civil rights movement in marking the historic event.

Well, where there is an Obama these days, there has to be a Clinton.

Reluctant to give any ground to Obama even at this stage of the campaign, Clinton (N.Y.) decided early last week that she, too, would go to Selma this weekend. She arranged a simultaneous appearance at a church just steps away from the one where Obama will speak Sunday morning, and she agreed to accept a civil rights award on behalf of her husband.

On behalf of her husband? No, team Clinton is bringing out the big boy for this appearance.

Late yesterday, after organizers initially said that the former president had not committed to attend, the Clinton campaign announced that he would be making the trip after all.

President Clinton is showing up to help Hillary after news that Sen. Obama has been gaining ground with black voters in a newly released ABC News/Washington Post poll.

This should be interesting. Stay tuned for weekend coverage of the events in Alabama. Maybe Hillary and Barack can share a flight, or maybe even carpool together.

“My Life”

October 9th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

Day 21
4:58 PM CT.

(first post in Central Time!)

We are spending lots of time in our vehicle these days and therefore have lots of time to listen to good music and quality NPR programming. We also have a six-disk version of Bill Clinton’s book “My Life” which I’ve really been enjoying. We just spent the last two hours listening to President Clinton as he recounts memories of his childhood, his many electoral campaigns, and his first couple of years in office. We’ll keep you posted as to how the story plays out but right now I get the sense that he’ll win the 1996 election.

We just entered Wisconsin! We’ll spend a couple of days in the Badger State producing our next three episodes and doing some interviews with local and statewide elected officials. We’re working to try and interview Senator Russ Feingold which would be a real thrill for all of us.

Still Addicted
This pretty much sums up my weekend.

Ok, we’ll talk soon.

-Matthew

The Minivan Rolls On…

October 2nd, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Day 14
5:20 PM ET.

Team DoubleSpeak just wrapped up disc one of Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the book, read to me by the one and only, Bubba Clinton.

We’re stuck in traffic and are eager for things to clear up so we can get to Ohio by Monday Night Football. (Go Birds!)

In today’s Congressional Pedophile watch: Foleygate is really heating up. We are listening to news reports and it seems the fallout is continuing and really starting to spiral. It is beyond understanding to me why the GOP leadership covered up this story.

They had a pedophile in their ranks and instead of doing what was right for the country, they did what was right for their political party. They allowed Foley to get away with a free pass and now that they got caught in their web of lies, they are all back pedaling – trying to figure out a way to justify their unconscionable actions.

The Florida GOP has picked state Rep. Joe Negron to replace Foley on the ballot in the November election. This interesting thing is – Negron will have to run under Foley’s name. As the law stands now, it is too late to replace Foley on the ballot.

I wonder how they’ll end the TV commercials:

“What Rep. Foley did was despicable and beyond comprehension. As your Representative in Congress, I’ll never betray the public trust and I’ll stay off AIM, period! Let’s put this Foley debacle behind us – I’m Mark Foley and I approve this message.”

The Dems shouldn’t have any problem picking this seat up. You thought Florida voters were confused in 2000! Oye.

What a wild and crazy world we live in.

More from Ohio later.

-Peter

Bubba Is Pissed

September 7th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

Bubba

Don’t mess with President Clinton.

As Josh told us about yesterday, ABC is planning to run a completely false documentary about the events of 9-11. Americans should be incensed by this fictional depiction of the tragedy and should sign this petition to tell ABC that they should not run this show.

But it seems that no one is more upset about this film than President Bill Clinton. Clinton is the target of many allegations in this film and he’s fighting mad.

From the NYPost:

WASHINGTON – A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series “The Path to 9/11″ grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden – and he is demanding the network “pull the drama” if changes aren’t made.

Clinton pointedly refuted several fictionalized scenes that he claims insinuate he was too distracted by the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal to care about bin Laden and that a top adviser pulled the plug on CIA operatives who were just moments away from bagging the terror master, according to a letter to ABC boss Bob Iger obtained by The Post.

The former president also disputed the portrayal of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as having tipped off Pakistani officials that a strike was coming, giving bin Laden a chance to flee.

“The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely,” the four-page letter said.

Nobody messes with Bubba.

The Fictional Path to 9/11

September 6th, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

Bush on 9/11

With the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaching prepare to be bombarded by 9/11 symbolism and tributes all over the media spectrum. It is hard to believe that we’re already 5 years away from that terrible day, moreso because so little has changed in our nation, despite 9/11 “changing everything.”

One thing that hasn’t change is the right-wing’s stranglehold on the corporate media. Witness ABC/Disney’s “docudrama,” “The Path to 9/11″ set to air September 10th and 11th and presented as “based on The 9/11 Commission Report.” There’s only one problem: it’s fiction. Written by a conservative activist, the movie places all the blame on the Clinton administration by fictionalizing many scenes and presents the Bush administration as engaged and active. No mention of My Pet Goat.

Though the piece criticizes President Clinton, former counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke, and Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, ABC has refused to provide any of their offices with copies and has apparently distributed over 900 copies to right-wing bloggers. Even Bush counterterrorism official Roger Cressey has decried the film as “shameful” and inaccurate.

So is this piece of Republican propaganda a gift-in-kind from ABC to Bush and the GOP? Congressmen Conyers, Dingell, Harman, and Slaughter think as much and have asked ABC to correct the many factual errors in the film. And did we mention that ABC is airing the entire show commercial free? That’s a mighty big gift.

Fight back against the right-wing noise machine and demand ABC tell the truth about 9/11.

ABC: Tell The Truth About 9/11

Will Hillary Clinton Run?

September 5th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Hillary Clinton
Just last week, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was publicly flirting with the idea of a run for the presidency.

The former first lady longs to return to the White House with husband Bill as consort. Only last week she told television viewers America would be led by a woman one day. “Stay tuned,” she said.

The Sunday Times quotes some Democratic insiders, including members of the Clinton team saying that she may forgo a White House bid and decide instead to become a member of the Senate leadership. This after Steve Clemons wrote much the same thing just a month ago.

Friends of Hillary Clinton have been whispering the unthinkable. Despite her status as the runaway frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president, some of her closest advisers say she might opt out of the White House race and seek to lead her party in the Senate.

“I would not be surprised if she were to decide that the best contribution she can make to her country is to forget about being president and become a consensus-maker in the Senate,” said a leading Democratic party insider. “She believes there is no trust between the two political sides and that we can’t function as a democracy without it.”

Only Sen. Clinton knows what Sen. Clinton will decide to do. In November, she’ll have a big decision to make: Play it safe or go for the gold? Either way, she’s going to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate this fall and she will be well positioned, both financially and in terms of her rock-star status, to make a solid run for the Democratic nomination in ‘08. Stay tuned.

Clintons: Do They Really Help?

August 9th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

Bill and Hillary

Here is an entry from The New Republic’s Blog by editor-in-chief Martin Peretz. Last night’s win by Lamont is just further proof that TNR is less and less relevant every day.

THE CLINTON FACTOR:

I was for Joe Lieberman. I wrote an article about the race between him and Ned Lamont in Monday’s Wall Street Journal. It was not neutral. But, though it got plenty of attention in the blogs and on television, it did not, alas, help Joe very much. Worse can be said of Bill Clinton’s stumping in Connecticut for Joe (and Hillary’s endorsement, too.) When Clinton came into the state, Lieberman and Lamont were running dead even in the polls, more or less. Clinton’s appearance began Lieberman’s decline. Within two or three days, Lieberman was down by ten points. (In the last few days of the campaign, Lieberman recovered considerably … but not enough.) I know there’s some nostalgia in the Democratic Party for Clinton and for Hillary, too. But for many, in the party and out, the Clintons are a nightmare. A nightmare, as James Joyce said, from which we are trying to awake. The common wisdom is that Al Gore would have won in 2000 had he embraced Clinton more or had he allowed Clinton to embrace him. Well, look at what happened to Joe.

-Martin Peretz

And if Lieberman had won last night, Peretz would have said it was Clinton that turned it around. C’mon Marty, learn your logic.

Clinton, Lieberman And A Pink Elephant

July 25th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Clinton and Lieberman

Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is now engaged in the political fight of his life, welcomed President Bill Clinton to CT yesterday to campaign on his behalf.

Bill Clinton came to praise three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman and most assuredly not to bash Ned Lamont, the anti-war challenger making a strong bid for the Democratic Senate nomination in the state’s Aug. 8 primary.

“I don’t have anything against Joe’s opponent,” Clinton said Monday as he campaigned to save his political ally of more than three decades from defeat. “He seems like a perfectly nice man. He’s got every right to run and he’s waged a vigorous campaign.”

Clinton’s comments underscored the dilemma facing many party leaders as they watch Lieberman struggle for renomination against an opponent who says he would stand up to President Bush instead of standing with him.

This heated primary race between Sen. Lieberman and Ned Lamont is a race based on core Democratic values and policy stances. However, the ‘pink elephant’ in the living room is the war in Iraq. Lieberman is a supporter of the war, while Lamont believes it was a wrong choice to go to Iraq and it’s now time for U.S. troops to step back from the front line, while the Iraqi people step-up and take control over their country. Clinton understands the ‘pink elephant’ better than anyone.

On his political rescue mission, the former president made no mention of Iraq until near the end of his remarks. “The pink elephant in the living room,” he called the conflict that has divided Democrats as it has grown increasingly unpopular nationally.

Democrats “don’t agree on everything. We don’t agree on Iraq,” Clinton said, urging Democrats to put the issue aside and send Lieberman on his way to a new Senate term.

“The real issue is, whether you were for it or against it, what are we going to do now. And let me tell you something: No Democrat is responsible for the mistakes that have been made since the fall of Saddam Hussein that have brought us to this point.”

Lieberman has been one of the most vocal Democratic supporters of the Iraq war in the Senate, and he recently voted against two proposals to begin winding down the American military commitment.

After the Clinton event, Lamont held a rally of his own. He articulated his position on Iraq.

Lamont laid out a different view not long after Clinton spoke, at a campaign appearance of his own.

“Staying the course is not a winning strategy in Iraq,” he told supporters at a fundraiser. He said the United States is not going to be able to bring about “democracy at the barrel of a gun.”

A millionaire businessman who has taught in high school, he drew applause when he said, “How come we can afford to spend $250 million a day in Iraq and we can’t keep that school open past 2:30 in the afternoon.”

The Lamont-Lieberman primary is on August 8th, 2006. Can’t wait to see how this shakes out. Stay tuned to DoubleSpeak for more on this important race.

Bill Clinton Nails It

July 11th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton was out in Colorado speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival and he affirmed what we all believe. The Democrats will do well in November if they stick to the message and talk about issues that Americans care about.

Clinton also believes that the GOP strategy is weak; the whole idea of pandering to the GOP base by introducing legislation that is is bad for America is not going to do the job in the fall.

The Republican strategy is weak, he said.

“Let’s forget about global warming and talk about flag burning and gay marriage,” Clinton said. “I don’t know how long you can milk that old cow.”

Democrats, he said, need to focus on their differences with the GOP and on promoting what they stand for. One of those things should be fighting climate change, he said.

Clinton said America is losing jobs and its economy is suffering without investment in the future of energy.

“This decade’s new jobs are in clean energy, and we haven’t seized them,” he said. “We have a short time in the life of the planet to turn this around.”

He said Democrats should seize on the opportunity to stress the national security angle of clean energy. He said climate change is a far more important issue than he thought when he was in office.

The Republican plan for America = stay the course in Iraq and ban gay marriage. I guess Americans will really have a BIG choice to make.

Read the Democrats plan for America