Skip to comments.Clinton Rages at BBC for Quizzing Him Over Monica
Posted on 06/21/2004 1:35:17 PM PDT by marshmallow
LONDON (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton (news - web sites) lost his temper during a BBC interview after being repeatedly asked if he was genuine in voicing regret over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Clinton, revving up a publicity campaign ahead of the release Tuesday of his memoirs, bristled at relentless questioning about the affair with the White House intern by veteran BBC interviewer David Dimbleby, according to British newspapers.
The Times said Monday that Clinton, known for being media savvy and cheerful in public, let out a rant that lasted several minutes.
"As outbursts go, it is not just some flash that is over in an instant. It is something substantial and sustained," said a BBC executive who viewed the interview, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
The weekly said Clinton then branched out into an attack on media intrusion into the private lives of public figures.
Britain's public broadcaster will air the Clinton interview Tuesday, in step with the release of his much-awaited memoirs.
While the book recounts key global events of the charismatic Clinton's two-term presidency -- Kosovo, the Middle East, Somalia -- public interest in the 957-page tome has focused on the Lewinsky affair, one of the "old demons" that nearly brought down the world's most powerful man.
In leaked excerpts of the book and interviews ahead of its release, Clinton describes the Lewinsky affair as a moral failing, says he worried about losing the love of his daughter Chelsea and confesses that his marriage was salvaged by a year of intensive marital counseling.
I can imagine the rant beginning with, "how dare you ask me about Monica Lewinsky, we agreed to a friendly interview in advance!"
I just want someone to tell me that there's a way that I can see or at least hear this.
Are we going to be able to see this?
It says it will be broadcast, but can we see it in the US?
one of the "old demons" that nearly brought down the world's most powerful man.
World's most powerful man? I thought this was about Clinton, not someone powerful.
Why? ...It's the cause for what is probably your Administrations biggest positive accomplishment: Tying up government so it can't change tax laws back and forth to a substantial degree. This was an enormous boon to the economy.
They should be asking him about the rapes.
"Y'ever hear of 'Arkancide', son?"
Must have been uncomfortable for Bill. Sitting there without the reporters nose between his cheeks. Probably felt vulnerable.
If it weren't for the American media handling this psychopath with kid gloves, he'd never have elected president.
More Clinton pathology-- "YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING I SAY!" Very Kerry-esque, as well.
I would find it very surprising if the book is interesting even to his followers (to read, not just to buy). Clinton's popularity is a personality cult. It relies on emotional impression, which can only really be delivered verbally. His speeches, in written form, are just a meandering trail of contradictions and verications. Only in verbal form can his empathic drive come across - especially to those who are not already cultists.
Woaaaa....dude...and like you paid someone to do that?
"I'll get you a an apartment Hillary, and some fine women, for about a year. By then it should all blow over."
I wonder if this is all a ruse, like when they let out the rumor that he had angrily stalked off during his grand jury testimony?
Interesting that Clinton's concerns about Chelsea is whether or not he will lose her love. No mention about worrying whether he is a good parent or roll model in spite of serial womanizing and all the attendant publicity. Only whether he'll lose her "love". It is, after all, about him. Well, there's no news here. He's consistent. He's really, really consistent.
Clinton should just stick to the alphabet (i.e. Dan Rather style) channel interviews....
Did Flubba try pelting him with Big Macs?
Last night Drudge had a picture of Clinton posted, I assume
during the interview. It was a side view, he was
clinching his jaw to the max. His nose was purple and
his right jaw, all up the side of his face was knotted
up and purple, absolutely reddish purple.
True....same media that put him in office..is on a crusade to take a good and honorable man out of office. Why? They
can't handle truth and honesty and a man who loves this
country and will defend it, but also go on offense when it
warrants it...the Hollywood libs, chicken Democrats and a
few RINO's can also be included in the "bash Bush" crowd
and I for one hope that GWB...takes 47 states...give them
Massmychooseits..and 2 others.....Jake
Here's a suggestion for you, Slick. Then don't write books about your private life and go on media tours to promote them.
And this man is supposed to be bright?
I thought that I had heard somewhere that he doesn't mention Monica Lewinsky by name in the book. Does anyone know if this is true. Just wondering because all the articles are written as if she is mentioned by name.
Clinton's legacy will be Monica. There is nothing he can do about it!
It already is. I find it quite amusing as he tries to change it, but it will never be anything else.
Back when Clinton was still "in orifice," a photo was posted here of bubba screaming in Paul Sperry's face at some barbecue event for the media. Sperry had dared to ask Clinton when his next press conference might be. Slick looked like his eyes were going to pop out and his head was going to explode. When Clinton finished screaming, Sperry just calmly repeated his question.
I think it looks like somebody slapped him.......
Too bad no one sat down with Clinton as a youth and read to him; "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner", by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The point of the poem being both matrimonial fidelity and personal integrity to one friends and acquaintances. And so for Bill:
"Ah wel-a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young;
Instead of the cross the Albatross
About my neck was hung.
Some FR poster made a comment a day or two ago about a Clinton rage. The poster said that the reason George Steffonofolus quit was that Clinton was always loudly screaming profanities at him daily.
[I had not heard that before.]
I'll believe this when I see it. We were snookered once before during the grand jury testimony. I think this is just book sales hype.
What has that to do with anything? clinton's affair with Lewinsky was nothing to do with his "private life" - It was done in the work place (YOUR Oval Office), during working time (Supposedly doing "the peoples work") with an employee - not on his own private time.
No one, at any time, investigated anything that went on in his bedroom.
That is what he truly deserves!
***Woaaaa....dude...and like you paid someone to do that?***
No, if they went to a counselor at all, it was only for show. All they had to do to keep the marriage intact was to remind each other that while married they can't be forced to testify against each other.
I remember when Monicagate was going on, the Euros kept saying that it was just an affair and the we Yanks were too hung up on sex and "what was the big deal"? Now it seems the BBC is hung up on it. LOL
He was just tired. His momma told him not to do interviews after 7 P.M.
"I just want someone to tell me that there's a way that I can see or at least hear this."
LOL! George was a disgusting slob. In this case, I wouldn't blame bubba.
I wonder what the BBC is up to?
I almost fell off my chair laughing yesterday when Chris Wallace said on FNS.."In fairness we should report that the NYT reviewed the book on it's front page and called it sloppy, self serving and eyes crossedly dull"!
Even if we got to see it , it would be nothing compared to the video clips Rush showed on his show. One Rush showed was at the Clinton's first Easter party at the White House. It showed Clinton screaming obscenities at a minor aide for not having enough eggs. It is a video that would absolutely open eyes.
And of course, he then went into Court and lied about it under oath. The lying was the real issue... the idea that anyone (President or not) can just decide that a line of questioning in a legal proceeding is irrelevant, illegitimate, whatever and then lie about it as a result, sets a dangerous precedent. If I am not mistaken, the questioning in his case had been upheld by a Judge before Clinton had to answer it. You just can't have people deciding what rulings they will or will not obey. I also believe that Clinton signed some of the sexual harassment laws that require defendants to answer these types of questions in Court. So why is it his "private life" when he supports comparable inquiries into everyone else's life?
What is degrading and disgusting to Americans is considered the height of sophistication to Europeans. This is why old europe is a dead civilization. They expect depravity in their leaders.
Well, I know of one and Rush showed the video clip of it. It happened at the Clinton's first Easter Party.