Skip to comments.I'm boss, Hil tells Bill
Posted on 03/21/2006 4:12:25 AM PST by mslee
Senator's word is now 'final,' says the ex-Prez
WASHINGTON - After being surprised by her husband's role in the Dubai ports deal, Sen. Hillary Clinton has insisted that Bill Clinton give her "final say" over what he says and does, well-placed sources said. The former President agreed to give his wife a veto to avoid his habit of making controversial headlines that could hurt her chances of returning to the White House, multiple sources told the Daily News.
"He knows it's Hillary's time now," said an adviser close to both Clintons who expects to play a key role in her likely 2008 presidential campaign.
Hillary Clinton's handlers are keeping a close rein on the former President's schedule to try to prevent another embarrassing screwup like their competing roles in the Dubai ports deal.
While she was blasting the Bush administration for allowing Dubai to run six of the country's ports, he was advising Dubai on how to sell the deal.
"Hillary has final say," said the adviser, and the ex-President's staff has been warned not to do or say anything without running it by the senator's handlers.
"That was true in the White House during the  Senate campaign," recalled another longtime aide who stayed close to the ex-President after he left office. "If he said the sky was blue and she said the sky was purple, then the sky was purple."
Hillary Clinton's aides denied that her husband's comments have been a liability but concede she is calling the shots.
"Since she got elected five years ago and given their hectic schedules, it is more interesting how little there has been of this," said the senator's campaign spokeswoman Ann Lewis, referring to their contradictory statements.
"She is the elected official. She makes the ultimate decisions," Lewis said.
Bill Clinton's spokesman Jay Carson added, "Anyone who says he is doing everything he can to help her get reelected is absolutely right."
The Hillary camp recognizes the 42nd President's enormous political value to her race for the White House.
To boost his spouse's Oval Office bid, the former President is hosting several get-togethers around the country with ex-staffers and is planning some regional town hall meeting and panel discussions to talk about success stories from what Hillary Clinton likes to call "our administration."
Bill Clinton will cite expanding the earned income tax credit and balancing the federal budget, Clinton insiders say. He's also a star attraction at fund-raisers for his wife.
Still, the senator's advisers are trying to put a muzzle on her husband's more controversial comments and actions that have hindered her effort to paint herself as a national security hawk - a crucial part of her political makeover.
The Dubai port controversy was the latest episode that allowed her critics to charge she was being politically duplicitous. Because of their contrasting actions, the Clintons were lampooned by conservatives, and Hillary Clinton faded away as a leading voice of criticism for the ports deal.
The ex-President also sent his spokesman as well as his wife's handlers scrambling when he lashed out at President Bush during a speech in Dubai last November, saying the Iraq war was "a big mistake." Hillary Clinton has supported the war.
Bill Clinton jokingly admits he's a liability. "It's fun to be able to say what you want, and I do that, but I do try to avoid doing anything that complicates Hillary's life," he says in a now-routine line in his public remarks.
The senator's camp knows, however, when it's politically prudent to put her near her husband, like when they visited victims of Hurricane Katrina, the funeral for Coretta Scott King and in Israel at the anniversary of the assassination of Mideast peacemaker Yitzhak Rabin.
If she wins, do you think they'll bring back the furniture?
Is this referring to the Clinton marriage?
...Until the next time.
These people just need to go away. Can you imagine how much longer they will be in the news? Regardless of whether HRC gets the Dem nomination and worse, she is probably set to be senator for life from NY. I can hardly stand the thought.
And this is supposedly news? Hill has always been the boss. The only time Bill is in charge is when he's in bed with another woman...which explains a lot.
Just keep throwing bimbos at him, Hillary, and he'll be too busy to cause you any trouble. Heck, you can even claim victimhood by leaking one of the affairs and then divorcing the mutt.
If that's the calculation, I think they blew it.
Wasn't she always the boss?
Where are the cankles? We want cankles!
I say "The sky is Purple. You must repeat "The Sky is Purple" because you must obey me or I will do to you what I have had to do to Bill!
Ann Lewis still still HissyfitHillary handler?
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