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Feeling His Pain (Bill Clinton Barf Alert)
http://www.nymag.com/page.cfm?page_id=5290 ^ | October 22, 2001 Issue | BY MERYL GORDON

Posted on 10/15/2001 8:12:27 PM PDT by Howlin

On Bill Clinton's desk at his Harlem office, there are nearly 100 missing flyers, sorrowful mementos of his handshaking visits to ground zero and to the family-crisis center. He can't bring himself to file them away, an aide says, so they sit there, a reminder of the horrendous loss of life -- and of his inability to either prevent it or do much to heal the wounds.

The World Trade Center attacks have catapulted the former president -- who was just starting to mellow out and revel in his post-Oval Office life as a New Yorker, senatorial spouse, and money-making private citizen -- into the unfamiliar and frustrating role of action figure in search of action.

"Clinton misses the work, sitting and making the hard decisions, having these smart people around him," says Joe Lockhart, the former White House spokesman. "It's a new experience for him, not being in the middle of it."

Interviews with nearly a dozen Clinton confidants reveal a man struggling to find a way to be useful and worrying that his peace-and-prosperity presidency will be recast as a footnote to the Bush-family dynasty. Right after the attacks, Clinton admitted to a friend that he wished, for the first time, to be back in the White House. And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently.

Yet if he has any I-could-handle-this-crisis-better thoughts, he's keeping them to himself; in speeches and in numerous conversations with friends, Clinton has made a point of supporting Bush. "He knows his role is trying to provide comfort in New York City, and to add his voice in support of President Bush," says John Podesta, Clinton's former chief of staff. The feeling may not be mutual. Condoleezza Rice briefed Clinton early in the crisis, but a former aide says the exchange was "not rich in detail."

At least he can still get back-channel information. As Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton's White House spinmeister, puts it, "He and Tony Blair are good friends. And he talks to world leaders who seek him out."

While there have been rumors that Clinton and Giuliani might co-chair a commission to rebuild downtown, his aides say he seems more likely to use his bully pulpit and play national hand-holder. Nevertheless, being on the sidelines has become perhaps the toughest challenge of his career.


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More "gossip" that I have no doubt Clinton is spreading himself!
1 posted on 10/15/2001 8:12:27 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Sniff, let me grab a hanky, sniff sniff...barf.
3 posted on 10/15/2001 8:15:13 PM PDT by AC86UT89
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To: OldFriend; deport; Miss Marple; kattracks; JeanS; Southflanknorthpawsis; sinkspur; Irma; Teacup...
Comments? Like I don't know!
4 posted on 10/15/2001 8:15:45 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
"being on the sidelines has become perhaps the toughest challenge of his career."

God works in mysterious ways.

5 posted on 10/15/2001 8:15:52 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Howlin; bill clinton
"National hand holder". Yeah. Right. Bill, you made your name holding something other than "hands", you shameless, self-centered prick.
6 posted on 10/15/2001 8:17:40 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Howlin
"Clinton misses the work, sitting and making the hard decisions, having these smart people around him," says Joe Lockhart

So what you're saying Joe, is that he's now surrounded by idiots? I'm sure they're happy to hear that.
7 posted on 10/15/2001 8:17:59 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: Howlin
3 words: GUILTY AS SIN.
8 posted on 10/15/2001 8:19:01 PM PDT by Lizzy W
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To: Howlin
This clown makes a piece of shit look appetising.
9 posted on 10/15/2001 8:19:29 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: RightOnline
And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently.

It's always about HIM, isn't it? And it's always somebody else's fault.

10 posted on 10/15/2001 8:20:07 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently.

Oh, God, I love this guy! He's going to be around for the next several decades, making a complete ass of himself, saying hilariously fatuous things like this! The fact that he's not president any more is one of the joys of my life; now instead of dreading his egotistical, amoral idiocy, I can delight in it for years to come.

11 posted on 10/15/2001 8:20:23 PM PDT by ArcLight
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To: Howlin
This is really awful. Just when you think no one can top the most recent sob story for bill a more disgusting one comes up.

I can't wait to read his book.

12 posted on 10/15/2001 8:20:58 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Howlin
I am pleased to see that Condi Rice gave him the "Reader's Digest" type of briefing.

And I bet Tony Blair doesn't give him the time of day. Tony is suddenly transformed into Churchill, and he wants to hang with President Bush, the REAL president!!

Did you catch that little bit about how it's all our fault because the FBI was too busy investigating HIM to catch terrorists?

As usual, all about HIM!!

13 posted on 10/15/2001 8:21:38 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: JeanS; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; Harley_hog; hole_n_one; vikingchick; TomServo; HAL9000; ken5050
I will have a Highlighter at the ready, to mark passages that I know personally are lies!
14 posted on 10/15/2001 8:22:52 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: ArcLight
He didn't really say that, did he? I'm hyperventilating....He never, ever, ceases to disappoint me in his arrogance.
15 posted on 10/15/2001 8:23:24 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Howlin
hey bubba!

go cry a river in afghanistan...they can use some water. just don't cry any crocodile tears.

16 posted on 10/15/2001 8:23:37 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: Howlin
And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently.

Notice (again) how unrepentant, arrogant, and self-centered he is? If he continues like this, he will die young - bitter, penniless, and ugly. Oh wait....he's already there.

17 posted on 10/15/2001 8:23:46 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Howlin
Please send me your thoughts on lottery numbers. We are on the same wave length, and I am sure we would be right! HA!
18 posted on 10/15/2001 8:23:53 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple; ArcLight
I did read one article where on the day it happened, when he was in Australia, nobody would return his phone calls! Made my day.

I don't seem to remember Gerald Ford, Richard Nixton, Ronald Reagan or even Jimmy Carter whining about not being POTUS anymore.

19 posted on 10/15/2001 8:24:12 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
He and Tony Blair are good friends. And he talks to world leaders who seek him out."

Why do I get the feeling that the aforementioned "world leaders" aren't exactly ringing Bubba's phone off the hook? Sound to me like none of them will take HIS calls!

20 posted on 10/15/2001 8:24:29 PM PDT by Siouxz
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To: Howlin
And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently.

What an @$$hole! Exhibit antisocial, immoral, and criminal behavior, then blame law enforcement for trying to do their job. If the Toon would have done the honorable thing and resigned, perhaps things would have played out differently.

21 posted on 10/15/2001 8:24:47 PM PDT by Sunburnt in Seattle
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To: Howlin
who was just starting to mellow out and revel in his post-Oval Office life as a New Yorker, senatorial spouse, and money-making private citizen -- into the unfamiliar and frustrating role of action figure in search of action

Didn't we read even before Sept. 11 that he was searching for something to do? In fact, I thought I read that numerous times.

Can't wait till the book by the sainted Ms. Olson hits the streets...particularly the part about the FALN terrorists.

22 posted on 10/15/2001 8:25:00 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Howlin
I say loudly, proudly, and without reservation......

I HATE Bill Clinton.

23 posted on 10/15/2001 8:25:08 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Hildy
Maybe if he hadn't spent all that money going after Bill Gates he would have had some more money to spend on terrorism!
25 posted on 10/15/2001 8:25:18 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
The toughest challenge of his career is yet to come--coping with life in the Fed pen for his many crimes.
26 posted on 10/15/2001 8:25:42 PM PDT by exit82
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To: Howlin
And he talks to world leaders who seek him out."

Yeah, right.....uh-huh.

27 posted on 10/15/2001 8:25:51 PM PDT by Irma
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To: Howlin
i guess these dumb bastards really thought they were going to run the country forever? man, will they ever stop whining or counting votes? get a life!!!
28 posted on 10/15/2001 8:25:55 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: Howlin
"Clinton misses the work, sitting and making the hard decisions, having these smart people around him," says Joe Lockhart, the former White House spokesman.

Errr, ummm, who were the "smart people" Clinton had around him? And when did he make the hard decisions?

29 posted on 10/15/2001 8:26:01 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: Howlin
I wish I would have read this before dinner so I could have been too nauseated to eat and avoided all those calories. Oh well.........I could go bulemic and accomplish the same thing. Thanks for the help, Howlin................lol
30 posted on 10/15/2001 8:26:04 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Howlin
Barf on the probable Traitor-in-Chief..
31 posted on 10/15/2001 8:26:45 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: Howlin
"And he talks to world leaders who seek him out.""

WHAT world leaders are seeking him out? Hussein? Arafat? Khadafi? I hope they've got the creeps phone bugged.

32 posted on 10/15/2001 8:26:46 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: Clinton's a rapist; Cultural Jihad; William Wallace; Luis Gonzalez
I wanted to make SURE you saw #10.
33 posted on 10/15/2001 8:27:39 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Oops...........bulemic = bulimic
34 posted on 10/15/2001 8:27:44 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: anniegetyourgun
That is the greatest admission of guilt I have ever heard - if he hadn't done things to tie up the FBI on auto-erotic fantasies, and had he not treated the Oval Office as a childish playground, yes, they might have been able to their jobs instead of investigating his stonewalling a$$!!!
35 posted on 10/15/2001 8:28:18 PM PDT by bobono
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To: Howlin
Interviews with nearly a dozen Clinton confidants reveal a man struggling to find a way to be useful and worrying that his peace-and-prosperity presidency will be recast as a footnote to the Bush-family dynasty. Right after the attacks, Clinton admitted to a friend that he wished, for the first time, to be back in the White House. And he couldn't resist bitterly telling an ally that if the FBI had spent as much time chasing terrorists as it had investigating his behavior, perhaps things would have played out differently.

Perhaps if he had behaved better it would not have been necessary for the FBI to check out his closets to see what else was there.

Also if he and Reno had not set their focus on that terrible national threat of the theft of intellectual property,and instead allowed them to persue the real world threats he could have prevented this..He caused it by his doppy presidency,he should feel our pain.

I know that he has been a pain to me!

36 posted on 10/15/2001 8:28:30 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: rockfish59
i guess these dumb bastards really thought they were going to run the country forever?

I honestly believe that they ALL believe that they are a "administration in waiting." Did you know that the people who worked for him have formed a "Clinton Administration Alumni Association," and have their OWN WEB SITE?

37 posted on 10/15/2001 8:29:13 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
A pathetic post about a pathetic man.
38 posted on 10/15/2001 8:30:02 PM PDT by rainingred
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To: ArcLight
Arc, you nailed it. Now he is blaming the FBI for his scandalous behavior. That stuff was 100%, all, completely, totally his fault. I can't believe he was so "miffed".
39 posted on 10/15/2001 8:30:10 PM PDT by BRK
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To: Howlin
Ah...Touche, Touche
40 posted on 10/15/2001 8:31:01 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: RnMomof7
and worrying that his peace-and-prosperity presidency will be recast as a footnote to the Bush-family dynasty.

With just a little bit of luck, he may eventually go crazy in front of our very eyes.

I have always contended that what Bill Clinton is about is US loving him; he has to think that every person in this country thinks that HE was and always will be the greatest president we've EVER had; he must be dying now.

41 posted on 10/15/2001 8:31:30 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: NYCVirago
He was busy making concentrating on something hard... I'm not sure it was decisions.
42 posted on 10/15/2001 8:31:47 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Howlin
action figure in search of action.

He ceased to be an action figure
Inauguration Day.

43 posted on 10/15/2001 8:32:09 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: BRK
We should make a list of all the people he's tried to blame for his own problems.
44 posted on 10/15/2001 8:32:51 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
IF he had spent more time being a President the FBI wouldn't have needed to watch him. He really is scum.
45 posted on 10/15/2001 8:32:55 PM PDT by cactmh
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis
I'm glad to hear I am not the only one to feel nauseated! And I doubt that Blair is returning his phone calls these days - he seems to be perfectly happy with his new friendship with President Bush - a man that tells the truth. This article was planted by him and his minions - the usual clinton M.O.
46 posted on 10/15/2001 8:33:32 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: Howlin
On Bill Clinton's desk at his Harlem office, there are nearly 100 missing flyers...

What??? No powdered envelopes??? joke

47 posted on 10/15/2001 8:34:41 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: Wait4Truth
This article was planted by him and his minions - the usual clinton M.O.

Yep !!!!!!! Hey, how are you buddy? I miss you :( . I'm glad to see you here.

48 posted on 10/15/2001 8:36:00 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Howlin
"Clinton misses the work, sitting and making the hard decisions, having these smart people around him," says Joe Lockhart, the former White House spokesman. "It's a new experience for him, not being in the middle of it."

Huh? Smart people? That bunch of spinners and know-nothings? I am so glad we are rid of those connivers.

Clinton in the middle of it? What a laugh. All the "hard stuff" the ex-P was worried about had to do with his BJ's.

49 posted on 10/15/2001 8:36:07 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Howlin
You know that it is killing him how much the people love President Bush! Total strangers are telling me how great the president is, and how much they love how he talks!!! HAHAHAHAHA!! Clinton was supposed to be the great speechmaker, and all anyone is talking about is how great President BUSH'S speeches are!!

And not a wonkish phrase to be found:

Show me the money!
Cough him up!
No negotiations!
Wanted, dead or alive!

The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.

50 posted on 10/15/2001 8:36:18 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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