Skip to comments.Newsmax Boss Says He Now Thinks Bill Clinton 'Was a Great President'
Posted on 09/28/2009 12:00:58 PM PDT by pissant
Which statement here is weirder? Newsmax boss Christopher Ruddy now declaring that Bill Clinton was a "great president"? Or Clinton telling him he did a "good job" hounding him in the 1990s? Howard Kurtz unraveled this bizarre meeting of former adversaries in Mondays Washington Post:
For those who remember Ruddy's name from the scandal wars of the 1990s, that is nothing short of remarkable. Ruddy wrote a book titled "The Strange Death of Vincent Foster," questioning whether the Clinton aide, who committed suicide, had been murdered. He also questioned whether Commerce secretary Ron Brown, who died in a plane crash, had been shot in the head. And yet here was Ruddy, now chief executive of Newsmax.com, telling Clinton that "I was one of your critics" during his administration, and Clinton responding with a laugh: "You did a good job."
Ruddy says in an interview that he was "overzealous" and "over the top" when publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was financing his Clinton investigations. (Scaife has also made peace with his onetime nemesis.) "I think he was a much better president than I thought," Ruddy says. "I think he was a great president."
If this deep bow is what it takes to gain access for an interview with the former president, the price is too high. It sounds a lot like Joe Scarborough apologizing all over Hillary Clinton a few years back.
I suggest we wait and get the facts before quoting out of context. We needent eat our own.
You have to be dead from the neck up to think Slick was a “great” President.
I would rather wake up from this ongoing political nightmare!
I agree with this yutz. Compared to what we have now, Clinton was an accomplished statesman.
“I think he was a much better president than I thought,” Ruddy says. “I think he was a great president.”
Hard to imagine the context helping him out
Was this before or after Ruddy consumed massive quantities of tequila?
Clinton still thinks he ‘IS’ President.
Some people are so easily flattered into submission...and Clinton is the biggest BS artist since....well....since...
Clinton was an exceptionally good liar. I guess Ruddy appreciated that.
When people tell me Clinton was a great president, I play the “How did he do that?”
Clinton was a great president
What did he do that was great?
He cut the deficit.
How did he do that?
Clinton was a great president
What did he do that was great?
He had a great economy
How did he do that?
If the choice was between Barack McCain, I mean Obama, and Clinton, I would take Clinton any day of the week.
Compared to Obama, Clinton was a GREAT POTUS.
I know many Republicans who regard Clinton as a good president only because they experienced success in the 90’s.
Agreed. Compared to Obama, Clinton was a great President. And I know this will get me some flack, .... compared to Bush in some ways as well ... Clinton wasn’t so bad. I miss Ronald Reagan!
Well, compared to Obambi I’d have to agree with him...
There’s something very wrong here. Either Ruddy is being completely misquoted in or he is raving mad.
***I would take Clinton any day of the week.****
Only if we could have him under the thumbscrews of a Gingrich congress.
It’s official. Conservatives have no friends in the media.
Obama does kind of make clinton look good.
Clinton just skimmed a few billion off the top. Obama is blowing trillions. Clinton was corrupt, and probably killed a lot more people than Obama, but he was not a Communist extremist, even if his wife tried to urge him in that direction.
Heck, I don’t much care what Ruddy says about clinton now. He did a good job on him back then, when it counted.
I would also say that these comments have probably been taken out of context.
“and Clinton is the biggest BS artist since....well....since...”
They got to him and forced the supposed H1N1 vaccine on him. Now with the chemicals therein, he’s a liberal puppet — brainwashing accomplished.
In 1995 or 96 in his state of the union speech, Clinton said their were noi missiles pointed at the US (after the US dealing with Russia for 6 years or so).
Clinto took campaign money from the Chinese military and then he approved the sale of Loral missile guidance technology to China and the Cray supercomputers to run it.
When Clinton left office the Chinese had 200 missiles capable of reaching the west coast of the US.
I don't care of Clinton saved 1 million school buses from going over cliffs. He is a traitor and belongs in prison for the rest of his life.
I wasn't surprised when Clinton acted like a Democrat. I was more than a little surprised when Bush acted like one.
No, it’s in comparison to Obama. Bill Clinton looks like a great president compared to Obama. It’s very sad!
What are you talking about Obama is the best president elected in the 21st century!
but then he’s the only one elected in the 21st century.
but when compared to the rest of the former presidents of all time he’s going to rate in the bottom 5 when all is aid and done.
Ruddy is not one of my own. I always thought he was more interested in his own publicity than he was in finding the truth. Newsmax is a garbage site IMO.
Doesn't matter how bad Obama is, Bill Clinton was still an awful President. Wake up, Ruddy!
I’ve never met a woman who would put up with Clinton style behavior in a man, likewise I’ve never met a woman that wouldn’t make excuses and outright lie for him.
OK, your wish is granted, it is now back in the middle of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Would you go to the Democrat leadership and tell them you had a vision of the future where it would be better for them to impeach Clinton and get their boy Gore in office right then because he would lose the 2000 election?
Looking forward to answers from one and all that care to consider alternate history lines (with appropriate recognition to the master of same, Harry Turtledove.)
I've been pleasantly surprised by his fall from grace. I figured that we'd have at least 6-8 months of fawning newscoverage about how BO is "The First Black President to (whatever)".
Instead - 8 months in - the honeymoon is over and now we have "The First Black President with Ratings Lower Than Jimmy Carter".
Ok by me.
How long ahve been suffering from amnesia? Clinton's Presidency was a non event thanks to the fact that Ronald Reagan's policies successfully ended the cold war. The 90's were the decade of the co-called "peace dividend' so Bill had time to jack off and get bj's in the Oval Office. All the while bin laden and his ilk were carrying out terrorist attacks that went unanswered while planning, with impunity, the attacks of 9-11.
Yeah Bill Clinton was a great president. Give me a freaking break!
He dropped the health care fiasco, while Bush gave us a huge expansion in medicare. That’s one.
I said he wasn’t so bad, not great. Bush wasn’t that great either. Where is my IRS reform and flat tax? ... he had both the senate and the house. Bush was more a dem than many dems. Other than the defense issues, he was not so hot.
Just one example of how 9 months of Obama can affect your judgement and perceptions...
How many children were roasted in Waco by Janet "Shake and Bake" Reno? And what of Randy Weaver's wife shot dead in Ruby Ridge?
Man, that must be the reason!
Remember the little thing so warmly called "the peace dividend" by the left. You know, "the peace dividend" that gutted military funding and funding for our protective agencies, i.e., the CIA (remember CIA director James Woolsey who could never get even one appointment with Clinton) and the FBI.
Remember how Clinton stated he hated the military?
Yeah, and then we had 9/11.
That's how Clinton cut the deficit. Oh, and don't forget the tech bubble and irrational exuberance.
But it all goes to an increasingly trigger-happy mode the law enforcement agents tend to slip into. BTW (as Rush would say), so you know the first casualties at Ruby Ridge? If you guessed "the Weaver family dogs", you'd get a prize and a free shootout with Lon Horiuchi. These "heroes" sure are tough when it comes to killing dogs and women.
I stand corrected.
Last I heard a President had to sign a bill FROM the Senate and House.
Did they send him one? Why not?
Too bad conservatives didn't get on their reps to create these bills back then like they're now acting on health reform. Instead conservatives just took the lazy way and bashed Bush.
As the leader of the party Bush needed to lead congress to pass those bills... and he didn’t. Bush was no conservative. He was a good, morale man, but he was not a particularly effective president.
“Theres something very wrong here. Either Ruddy is being completely misquoted in or he is raving mad.”
Or Clinton has the pictures, I suspect there’s a lot of that going around, with both the media and politicians.
I miss the 1990s.......surpluses! Bush and the GOP Congress spent them. Obama and a Demo Congress buried them. Of course, there never were any real surpluses anyway.
Wasn’t so bad? How about 9-11? That wasn’t so bad either, was it? What about the Cole? Unless you were one of the 19 kids killed that wasn’t so bad either, was it?
Missile technology to Red China for campaign cash...not so bad.
Not to mention that gem of a deal Clinton Albright and Carter made with North Korea. Not bad, eh?
Obama may make even lowly Carter look like a good President before he’s through. Well, okay maybe up to “crummy President” from “worst President ever”? Carter was mostly just a dumb boob, Obama is a dangerous Marxist that seems to hate his own country. That’s a bad combination.
Hey, don’t knock it. Bill was a great President.
He had three of the top three accomplishments of any recent modern President.
#3) After only two years of hard work, he gave us the first Republican controlled Senate in TWELVE years.
#2) Again after only two years of hard work, he gave us the first Republican controlled House in FORTY years. Think about that - FORTY YEARS !!! That takes extreme skill.
#1) His greatest accomplishment took longer - it took 8 full years to achieve. But after much hard work, he finally managed to pull it off. He gave us President George Bush !
Now can you name any recent President with three finer accomplishments than these three?
Now that great President Jimmah Carter did give us 8 years of President Regan.
I always found Ruddy strangely lethargic in his aspect and almost prissy, though I liked his Vince Foster book a lot.
His NEWSMAX stewardship, though, has turned into a real joke, an irrelevancy, and by now is WAAAAAAYYYYYY behind the times, when it used to be a bit ahead of the times.
NEWSMAX seems to have become some kind of advertising machine which seems more interested in selling emergency radios rather than a source for news.
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