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Bill Clinton Spends Time In Redmond? [Rumor mill: Bill Clinton to be new CEO of Microsoft?]
WebProNews ^ | 1/9/06 | John Stith

Posted on 01/09/2006 3:30:53 PM PST by LibWhacker

Rumors are always abound all over the place. It could be your cousin is seeing someone a little older than they should be. Maybe your brother got a speeding ticket no one was supposed to know about. Or perhaps a former president of the United States might be considering a job at the top of a tech company.

The blog, VoIP Watch, reported on the number of visits Bill Clinton has been making to Microsoft's facilities up in Redmond, Wa. According to their reporting, Clinton has been in talks with Microsoft for several months, interviewing him for the top slot. This would mean current chief Steve Ballmer would have to step down.

Here's what I know. Sources near Microsoft headquarters report that over the past few months the ex cigar smoking prexy has made trips to Microsoft headquarters and has been interviewing for the top slot as the company looks at ways to transform themselves for the future. Given the global implications of technology, having a leader that is an ex country president would be massive.

Why now? Well Ballmer has driven the company. His hard charging sales leadership style helped Microsoft during a time when that approach was needed. But Microsoft folks I've talked to admit those days are over and a new style is needed to be more change oriented.

They went on to emphasize this is just a rumor and pointed out the trips may have to do with Clinton being on the Microsoft's board. But… with all the rumors of what's what in the tech industry, sometimes it's intriguing to speculate. Bill Clinton running Microsoft is just a rumor and probably nothing but consider the consequences, have a president of the United States running a major multinational corporation. It's been a while that's for sure.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ballmer; board; ceo; clinton; hired; microsoft; msn; redmond; replace; rumor; sellsellsell; steveballmer
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1 posted on 01/09/2006 3:30:57 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

yeah, and I'm Harvey,6'7" wabbit



Doogle


2 posted on 01/09/2006 3:32:41 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...8thAF...4077th TFW...408th MMS...Ubon Thailand..."69"..Night Line Delivery,AMMO)
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To: LibWhacker

"Microsoft": Monica's nickname for Wee Willie?


3 posted on 01/09/2006 3:33:42 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (B.J. Clinton)
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To: LibWhacker

That move would provide me the inspiration to make my computer(s) "Microsoft Free" zones!


4 posted on 01/09/2006 3:33:45 PM PST by Knute (W- Yep, He's STILL the President!)
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To: LibWhacker

You'd think WANG would be interested in hiring him...


5 posted on 01/09/2006 3:35:01 PM PST by Solamente
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To: Charles Henrickson

As if we don't have enough reasons not to buy Microsoft products.


6 posted on 01/09/2006 3:35:05 PM PST by KevinB
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To: LibWhacker
No chance.

Bill Clinton tried to destroy microsoft and ruin Bill Gates.

So naturally, every schmuck out there will add a Hillary conspiracy theory making this inevitable.

7 posted on 01/09/2006 3:35:14 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: LibWhacker

If they have chunky interns Slick would feel right at home.


8 posted on 01/09/2006 3:35:56 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: KevinB
As if we don't have enough reasons not to buy Microsoft products.

Thousands of conservatives will become Mac users if this happens.
9 posted on 01/09/2006 3:37:00 PM PST by Ticonderoga34
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To: LibWhacker

Yuck!


10 posted on 01/09/2006 3:37:08 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: LibWhacker

Note to self: Sell MSFT.


11 posted on 01/09/2006 3:38:02 PM PST by atomicpossum (If I don't reply, don't think you're winning. I often just don't bother to argue.)
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To: LibWhacker

Ridiculous.

Board member, maybe, but not CEO. Or maybe he's going to do commercials for them.


12 posted on 01/09/2006 3:38:36 PM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: LibWhacker

Cool! Now the libs will be able to blame everything on Microsoft instead of Haliburton. Oh, wait... *Smirk*


13 posted on 01/09/2006 3:38:38 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: LibWhacker

Bill has no experience in business. He always been a parasite, sucking off the public teat. This makes no sense at all.


14 posted on 01/09/2006 3:38:54 PM PST by dljordan
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To: LibWhacker

I don't care what anyone says. THAT'S FUNNY!!!


15 posted on 01/09/2006 3:39:48 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: Solamente
STOP IT!

lol

LVM

16 posted on 01/09/2006 3:41:02 PM PST by LasVegasMac (The only thing slowing me down is the A**hole in front of me!)
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To: Solamente
You'd think WANG would be interested in hiring him...

Bwhahahahahah...oh you are bad... :)

17 posted on 01/09/2006 3:41:23 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Happy 2006 everyone)
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To: LibWhacker

Al Gore is on the radar, too, with his recent announced move to SF..


18 posted on 01/09/2006 3:42:14 PM PST by RTINSC (Being Offended is the Natural Consequence of Leaving Your Home...)
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To: LibWhacker

Is this a joke? If that happens, I'll have to toss Windows out the window.


19 posted on 01/09/2006 3:42:31 PM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: LibWhacker
Number one reason for this rumor:

MSFT changed their symbol to RAPE.

20 posted on 01/09/2006 3:42:42 PM PST by Osage Orange (Explaining Iraq to my sister-in-law is like putting socks on a rooster.........)
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To: Charles Henrickson

21 posted on 01/09/2006 3:45:16 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: LibWhacker
Isn't algore on the board for Apple? Can't see the worlds richest man entrusting his business to an idiot with no business experience.

Monica 2.0....guaranteed to suck the data off of your hard drive? ;-)

22 posted on 01/09/2006 3:45:32 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: LibWhacker

Bet he's there to hit Gates up for money.


23 posted on 01/09/2006 3:46:20 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: LibWhacker
Wow make Post it note reminder on monitor to start bad mouthing microsoft!new slogan "it depends on What your definition of software is"
24 posted on 01/09/2006 3:47:51 PM PST by Steveone (Liberalism is a brain tumor!)
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To: LibWhacker

LOL!

Another urban myth begins.


25 posted on 01/09/2006 3:48:08 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: LibWhacker

Will he sell out Microsoft, like he did to the United States, to the chinese for a couple of bucks?


26 posted on 01/09/2006 3:49:00 PM PST by tillacum (Today is the beginning of the rest of your life, take advantage of it, don't waste it.)
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To: dljordan

Exactly, I am more qualified to be CEO of Microsoft than Bubba Clinton, and its all I can do to get connected to Free Republic .com.


27 posted on 01/09/2006 3:49:29 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: LibWhacker

Is Gore still with Apple?


28 posted on 01/09/2006 3:51:29 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: Sonny M
Bill Clinton tried to destroy microsoft and ruin Bill Gates.

How quickly the general public forgets.

Gates let himself be an easy mark for Clinton's crime machine. He only had one paid lobbyist in DC to grease the palms of the Statesman {cough] who run this country.

Reno has to be the worst AG in the history of this country.

29 posted on 01/09/2006 3:51:42 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: Normal4me
Isn't algore on the board for Apple?

Yup. Be funny to watch those two compete in the marketplace.

30 posted on 01/09/2006 3:52:50 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: MrsEmmaPeel

Yes, as far as I know he's still there.


31 posted on 01/09/2006 3:53:23 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Tell ya what, Billy Boy can't run a Lemonade Stand let alone a company like Microsoft!

He also thinks software is something you wear!

Jeez!

32 posted on 01/09/2006 3:53:46 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (In Memory of James W. Bruhn, November, 1966, Vietnam. May he not die in vain!)
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To: dljordan

**Bill has no experience in business. He always been a parasite, sucking off the public teat. This makes no sense at all.**

Here's the conspiracy theory; either microsoft hires Billy Boy or Hillary will sic the Justice Department on the company again when she gets power. : )


33 posted on 01/09/2006 3:54:24 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: LibWhacker

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34 posted on 01/09/2006 3:54:44 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: LibWhacker

I wonder, can Microsoft software take nasty stains out of blue dresses. Naw......what am I thinking!!!


35 posted on 01/09/2006 3:54:59 PM PST by conservativeammom (Granny to Benjamin.....Born 4-21-05)
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To: LibWhacker
Could be Clinton's jealousy got the better of him -- trying to out-Gore Gore. CEO Replacement? I doubt it. Member of the MS Board - probably.
36 posted on 01/09/2006 3:55:23 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: All

BTW, everyone, I knew this rumor/story would get some funny comments and it has... Thanks for the laughs... And keep it up! :-)


37 posted on 01/09/2006 3:55:25 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

They deserve him, NOT, they would have predator warnings all over the place.


38 posted on 01/09/2006 3:55:43 PM PST by boomop1
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To: LibWhacker
President of the United States was scary enough. CEO of Microsoft is the ultimate nightmare!
39 posted on 01/09/2006 3:56:20 PM PST by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: mewzilla

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40 posted on 01/09/2006 3:56:20 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Solamente

Good one ;-D


41 posted on 01/09/2006 3:56:22 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: LibWhacker

Clinton as CEO? Not a chance. Gates didn't get to the top by being an idiot.


42 posted on 01/09/2006 3:57:41 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: LibWhacker

Oh, that would be rich. The corporation Clinton went after with more vigor than he went after the terrorists turning around and hiring him to be CEO? Nah.


43 posted on 01/09/2006 3:58:15 PM PST by Peach
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To: LibWhacker
Bill Clinton? Microsoft?

Micro.......meaning small, diminished in size...

Soft.....yielding, cushy, not hard!

I'd say Clinton is in exactly the right place. He can give Bill Gate's fortune away instead of the fortunes of the people of the USA. Gigabyte me Bills!

44 posted on 01/09/2006 4:01:38 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: LibWhacker
Smart move Microsoft: Hire an empty suit.

Hillary! was always the brains of the Clintonista operation. Bill has no skills other than schmoozing and manhandling interns.

Alone he couldn't manage a Subway restaurant.

45 posted on 01/09/2006 4:02:37 PM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: LibWhacker
It's true. But I heard they've reached an impasse, because Gates wants Clinton to wear an eletronic ankle bracelet at all times when ever he enters the Microsoft property and no internet access in his office. Clinton has agreed in principle provided that Gates agree to rename the software product--

BimbosXP

.
46 posted on 01/09/2006 4:07:08 PM PST by BombHollywood
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To: LibWhacker

Maybe Melinda has been wanting a new operating system...

;o)


47 posted on 01/09/2006 4:07:52 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Hook'em Horns!)
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To: Rocky

what the ** does he have to offer. That man is a disgrace to the Presidency of the U.S. They re shameless users. Maybe he's promising the world when Hillary runs for President. I'd like to see that ticker of his full of plaque, he's already full of bs.


48 posted on 01/09/2006 4:08:53 PM PST by newfrpr04
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I'm trying to figure out what some of the software titles would be under Bubba's reign. I think he'd lose all interest in Word, Excel, etc., real fast.


49 posted on 01/09/2006 4:09:31 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Sell!


50 posted on 01/09/2006 4:10:08 PM PST by colonialhk (sooprize sooprize sooprize)
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