Skip to comments.Clinton Quotes to Remember: In Their Own words (with sources)
Posted on 03/05/2003 5:07:17 AM PST by Liz
Clinton received just 43% of the vote, and less than 35% of eligible voters, voted. That works out to less than 16% of the eligible vote. Some Mandate!
"Our campaign is the opposite of 'competence.'" aide Eli Segal, quoted in the 7/22/92 Wall Street Journal
Statement made by Oliver North when asked to comment on Clinton's draft record. "I would rather vote for Jane Fonda than Gov. Clinton! At least she has been to North Vietnam."
"Special note to all press from the highest authority: don't touch the cat again." - President-elect Bill Clinton's first executive order
"I want to make it very clear that this middle-class tax cut, in my view, is central to any attempt we're going to make to have a short-term economic strategy and a long-term fairness strategy, which is part of getting this country going again." -- ABC News, Primary Debate, Manchester, NH 1/19/92 "You just can't promise something like that just to get elected if you know there's a good chance that circumstances may overtake you." - Bill Clinton, East Lansing MI debate, Mon Oct 19 1992
Sen. Pete Domencini (R)-New Mexico: "We're going to ask the American people to pay more so we can spend more, is that fair to say?" Dr. Alice Rivlin, Clinton appointee to the OMB: "That's one way to look at it, yes, Senator."
"You'd better call my dad...My mom's pretty busy." -- Chelsea Clinton
"[the United States] can't be so fixed on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." -- President William Clinton, March 1, 1993 during a press conference in Piscataway, NJ source: Boston Globe, 3/2/93, page 3
"It is a disgrace to the American people that the President of the United States would make a claim that is so baseless, that is so without foundation, so shameless..." -- Presidental Candidate William J. Clinton, October 1992, in response to Bush campaign commercials that claimed Clinton's campaign promises would require raising taxes on every family earning over $36,600
"I am not interested in raising taxes if we cannot get the spending cuts." -- President Clinton, Feb. 1993
"I've heard a lot of people compare Bill Clinton to Jimmy Carter, and I'd like to go on record as saying that I don't think that it's fair. Jimmy Carter was a veteran, and he had personal character. And even though I can't agree with Carter's policies, I always believed that he was telling the truth, as best he understood it. I can't say that for the Fat Cat..." -- Kenneth D. Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Clinton is just a better liar than George [Bush] is." -- Jared Dahl email@example.com
Q: How can you tell the difference between Al Gore and a wooden Indian? A: One of them is dressed like an Indian.
Q: What's the difference between JFK and Bill Clinton? A: What Kennedy did to Marilyn Monroe, Clinton's doing to America.
"Thomas Jefferson understood the greater purpose of the liberty that our Founding Fathers sought during the creation of our Nation. Although it was against the British that the colonists fought for political rights, the true source of the rights of man was clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote that all humans are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . . ." It was self-evident to him that denying these rights was wrong and that he and others must struggle to win what was theirs." -- President William Jefferson Clinton, 5/1/93
"You know the one thing that's wrong with this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say." -- President William Clinton addressing the people of Philadelphia, May 28, 1993 in the Courtyard, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
The Great Tragedy of the 20th century is that Clinton's name isn't on the Wall.
"It was hard to see, but a week ago Friday the Clinton administration, while driving a large black sedan at high speed across the 14th street bridge, opened the door and shoved out their revised downward GDP estimate for this year, to 2.5% from 3.1%." - Wall Street Journal Monday July 12 1993 (p A12)
"Spending programs are now 'investments,' taxes are 'contributions,' and these are the same people who say _I_ need a dictionary?" - Dan Quayle 2/19/93
"I'll tell you what I'm afraid of Zip...Bill Clinton's bumbling ineptitude." -- Bill Griffith, author of `Zippy the Pinhead'
GRIDLOCK (n), term denoting Congressional resistance to the President's agenda. This term may be used ONLY when Clinton's agenda is opposed by Congressional Republicans. Not to be confused with "healthy disagreement", an otherwise identical situation that exists when Clinton is opposed by Congressional Democrats (i.e., Majority Whip David Bonior,D-MI). See NAFTA, Health Care Reform, National Performance Review, etc.
"I can't worry about every under-capatilized business" -- Hillary Clinton testifing before congress on the effects of Nationalized Health Care.
"People will be hunting Democrats with dogs by the end of the century" Phil Gramm (when asked what would result if Clinton's proposals were passed)
"The period we're in is a lobbyist's dream come true" -- Joan Claybrook, head of the advocacy group Public Citizen, describing the atmosphere of the Clinton Administration.
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.." -- President William Jefferson Clinton, USA TODAY 11 Mar 93
"The money we cut from the military would have been sufficient to lower unemplyment, to increase growth, to give us what we need in education and training, were it not for the enormous inflation in health-care cost and the size of the deficit I confronted when I took office." -- President William Clinton, Rolling Stone interview 11/93
"Clinton joins all of the deceit, paranoia and desire for absolute control of a Richard Nixon with the muddled, pseudo-intellectual paternalism of a George McGovern." -- Christopher Morton
"[Clinton's] Administration is easily the most reckless in interfering with the integrity of Federal investigative agencies since that of Richard Nixon." -- NY Times editorial, "White House Ethics Meltdown", 3/4/94
"I don't like to use the word sacrifice." - Bill Clinton, May 1992 "It will not be easy, it will require sacrifice." - Bill Clinton, Jan 1993
"[President Clinton] said he directed advisers to craft a policy allowing police to search public housing for weapons in the wake of a federal court order barring Chicago officials from conducting sweeps without search warrants." - Associated Press: (Chicago Tribune, 4/10/94 Section 1 page 10)
Benito Mussolini : Old Socialist ===> New Fascist Bill Clinton : Old Democrat ===> New Democrat
President Bill Clinton on the Constitution: "When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans ..." "And so a lot of people say there's too much personal freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it. That's what we did in the announcement I made last weekend on the public housing projects, about how we're going to have weapon sweeps and more things like that to try to make people safer in their communities." -- President Bill Clinton, 3-22-94, MTV's "Enough is Enough"
"He () is the Willy Loman of Generation X , a traveling salesman who has the loyalty of a lizard with his tail broken off and the midnight taste of a man who'd double date with the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart" -- Hunter S. Thompson
".....African-Americans watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do. " -- President Clinton on Black Entertainment Television, November 2, 1994
"My least favorite president. A bright man. In some ways, even -- at least policywise -- a brave man. And an energetic man. He has all the things I would look for in a president or want to see, but he's just so unable to come clean with us and admit anything to us that at his very foundation, I can't take him seriously. I just don't believe him because I don't think he tells us the truth about anything. I think at some point if he wants to truly be embraced by the American people, he should drop the pretense, the artifice and just look us in the eye and say 'Yeah I inhaled it, and then I drank the bong water. What are you gonna do?' He's not a bad man. He's just the sort of guy who will always volunteer to help you move, then when you got four of you picking up the sofa, he's the one who will fake lifting." Dennis Miller on President Clinton
"As to the testimony of some of Thomas' friends that he was interested in porn while he was in college - let me get this straight. Al Gore writes that the army is a fascist regime, it's ok - just an example of those silly views you get at college. Clarence Thomas watched porn and talked about it to friends - from what I've heard, male friends - and it's an example of a life-long obsession with sex and porn." -- firstname.lastname@example.org on
William Clinton anagram, "I'm it, an ill clown."
For a team that Clinton promised would adhere to a "higher ethical standard" his administration has presided over an extraordinary amount of corruption and an unprecedented number of high-level officials forced to resign in disgrace. -- The Times (of London), Feb 12, 1995.
"Stephanopoulos knew that it was a mistake to assume that any one moment with Clinton, any one conversation, day, or even week reflected Clinton's true feelings or unchanging fundamental attitude about something." Bob Woodward, in his book "The Agenda"
"The President's essential character flaw isn't dishonesty so much as a-honesty. It isn't that Clinton means to say things that are not true, or that he cannot make true, but that everything is true for him when he says it, because he says it. Clinton means what he says when he says it, but tomorrow he will mean what he says when he says the opposite. He is the existential President, living with absolute sincerety in the passing moment." -- Michael Kelly, "The President's Past," New York Times Magazine, July 31, 1994
"I wish we could give people more control over their lives, not less." --- Bill Clinton
"...unfortunately we can't control the actions of everyone." --- Bill Clinton 1993-04-20
"It would be the equivalent of having the prime minister of England invite the Oklahoma City bombers to 10 Downing Street, to congradulate them on a job well done." -- Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher responding to President Clinton's red-carpet welcome for Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams; Newsweek 5/15/95 page 19
"When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it." -- President Bill Clinton 3/22/94 "When your President abuses your personal freedom, you move to limit him." -- American Voters 11/8/94
"You can't say you love your country and hate your government." - Bill Clinton, 1995 (After the OKC bombing) "A lot of wonderful people love their country and hate the military." - Bill Clinton, 1969 (Letter to the National Guard)
"Everything we do looks sinister, even when it's innocent screw-ups." --unnamed White House official, Washington Post, 1/7/94
"There's a great deal of difference between responsible dissent and some of the things that are taking place in this country which I consider to be extremely dangerous to our national interest and I consider it not very helpful to the [people trying to maintain order]" Sounds like Clinton talking about the militias, doesn't it? Surprise, it's LBJ talking about peace protestors. Replace "men that are fighting the war for us" with "law enforcement officers fighting crime for us". Isomorphism. (Keith E Jackson)
"We still will have the freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement, but we may have to have more discipline in doing it..." -President refering to his Ominibus Counterterrorism Act on "60 Minutes".
"Well, that's because the 'normal opinions' of 'real Americans,' ... bear a strong resemblance to dog shit." -- (Paul H. Henry), a very vocal Liberal & Clinton defender. (posted to 7/17/95)
"In this changing, complex and exciting world with exploding expectations, we need to find some common ground. We need people and ideas to turn to bind us, and Mahatma Gandhi with his message of oneness for mankind is one of them." -- Hillary Rodham Clinton; addressing the commemoration of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi held on July 14th, 1995 in Washington
Bill Clinton, 12/3/69, in letter to Lt. Col. Eugene Holmes: "I am writing too in the hope that my telling you this one story will help you to understand more clearly how so many fine people have come to find themselves still loving their country but loathing the military ..." Bill Clinton, 7/20/95, in address to Federal Law Enforcement meeting: "It is irresponsible for people in elected positions to suggest that the police are some sort of armed bureaucracy acting on private grudges and hidden agendas. That is wrong, it's inaccurate, and people who suggest that ought to be ashamed of themselves."
Give a few billion, she'll invest us out of the deficit.
"The greed of the 1980s can be summed up in two words: Cattle Futures!"
"I never thought I'd miss Nancy Reagan. There can't be a rating [on the Clinton drug policy] when there hasn't been a performance." -- Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), April 24, 1993
"[S]enior Administration officials, including Bentsen and Panetta, concede that the professed shock at higher deficit estimates issued after the election was largely feigned. Moreover, the new Clinton team issued initial budget projections soon after taking office that put absolutely the worst face possible on the deficit outlook, manipulating data to reinforce the impression that Bush had left Clinton with a fiscal nightmare." -- Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1994, p. D1.
The following are excerpts from "THE CLINTON COUNTDOWN CALENDAR", which counts the number of weeks left until Clinton leaves office: October, 1992 : Candidate Clinton says: "I'm not going to raise taxes on the middle-class Americans to pay for the programs I recommended." February 15, 1993 : Less than one month after Inauguration, Clinton backtracked from his campaign promise to lower taxes for the middle class. From the oval office Clinton said "I had hoped to invest in your future by creating jobs, expanding education, reforming health care and reducing the debt without asking more of you ... but I can't."
"I'll tell you the whole story about that budget. Probably there are people in this room still mad at me at that budget because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much, too." -- President Clinton, WASHINGTON (Oct 18, 1995 - 20:48 EDT)
"Now has walked away from the welfare bill he sent to Congress last year, just as the week before he renounced the tax increase he pushed to passage in 1993. What next? Perhaps he'll say he didn't mean to send up last year's health care reform proposals either. Mrs. Clinton made him do it. It becomes increasingly difficult to know what this president stands for, or whether he stands for anything." - Washington Post, Friday, November 3, 1995
"He told us it was a crisis. He said, 'My presidency is on the line. It's an emergency.' It's always that way with him. He's always saying, 'These are the last days.' " -- Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Clinton's arm-twisting for votes (Newsweek, 8/29/94)
Which of these quotes more closely expresses your beliefs: A) R.Reagan : "Government is not a solution to our problem, government IS the problem." B) B. Clinton: "Keep in mind that most of our problem is with working Americans"
"Clinton is an unusually good liar"- Senator Bob Kerry, Democrat, February 3, 1996, Esquire magazine interview. "It was not an angry comment. It was actually intended as an off-handed compliment." Omaha World-Herald (2/5/96) [Senator Kerry commenting on the previous quote]
" has kept all of the promises he intended to keep." - George Stephanopolous on "Larry King Live" - 2/16/96
"Confronted by angry Republican lawmakers, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown acknowledged yesterday that the administration's seven-year plan for balancing the federal budget would 'devastate' his department. But Brown, who has described a Republican budget plan with smaller cuts in VA spending as 'mean-spirited,' refused to back down from his earlier, critical assessment of the GOP plan." -- THE WASHINGTON POST, 3/30/96
"No wonder Americans hate politics when, year in and year out, they hear politicians make promises that won't come true because they don't even mean them - campaign fantasies that win elections but don't get nations moving again." -- Candidate Clinton, Detroit Economic Club August 21, 1992
"I'm not going to raise taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for the programs I've recommended." Candidate Clinton, Presidential Debate October 19, 1992
"It's hard - maybe impossible - to say anymore what Bill Clinton stands for...In the last month or so, he has set a personal best for pandering, rejecting his own tax bill and welfare program. He has abandoned longtime friends when they came under political attack (Lani Guinier was just the first) and so enraged his one-time supporters that it is at Washington dinner parties, not military bases as Jesse Helms once said." -- Columnist Richard Cohen, The Washington Post, 11/9/95
"Bill Clinton gives the appearance of taking stands-for some sort of tax cut, some sort of welfare reform, some sort of balanced budget-but these are ploys, mirages: they exist only to undermine positions taken by the Republicans. He doesn't fight for anything substantive-except of course, re-election. ...He has fallen into the dangerous habit of lip synching the presidency: he gives the appearance of leadership, but not the substance." --Joe Klein (Newsweek, 10/23/95)
"He's like the guy you don't want your child to go out with." --- Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor (The Washington Post,8/8/95)
Sure this isn't a slight misquote?
That says it all, nothing. Clinton was nothing but nothing. If he did anything it was popularise distrust of all things of the Democratic Party. Nothing said by a Democrat means anyting. If one calls back a certain statment the response is some sort of spin.
"I did not have sexual realtions with that woman."
"It all depends upon what the meaning of the word is is."
I can't remember what the third was.
Maybe "Sorry to keep you waiting Chairman Arafat. How would you like this cigar?"
"I, Bill Clinton, do solemnly swear..."
"If they havent got pictures, they cant prove anything." Bill Clinton to Gennifer Flowers regarding their affair.
"I want an America where family values live in our actions, not just in our speeches." Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech of then Governor Clinton, Democratic National Convention - July 1992
"So, I need to roll over one more time..." Webster Hubbell to his wife Suzanna, in regards to protecting Hillary from prosecution for over-billing clients at the Rose Law Firm
"I just don't have any memory of that." Hillary Clinton (When that Watkins memo showed up revealing that she had ordered the Travel Office firings.)
"[She] has a different memory." Mike McCurry, referring to Hillary Clinton
"I'm dying to give these notes up. I never wanted to keep these notes." Bill Clinton (after claiming executive privilege on White Water documents)
"He can't fire her. Can he?" Unnamed WH official
"[W]e both knew that there would be hell to pay if...we failed to take swift and decisive action in conformity with the First Lady's wishes." David Watkins, expressing Hillary's demands that the travel office staff be fired in spite of the FBI finding no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the travel office employees.
"I put my time in. If I got paid by the hour, I wouldn't be overpaid." Bill Clinton
"I can't imagine anyone in America who's having a better time than I am." Bill Clinton
"I just wish we'd relax. Sex has been around a really long time. And we're here because of it. So it's an important part of who we are and how we live." Hillary Clinton
"I don't think the problem is that we don't have enough freedom. For gosh sake's, I've got so much freedom, I don't know what to do with it." Sen. Bob Kerrey
"Let's deal with each other as neighbors ... we should learn to resolve (our) differences in a humane and decent way." Bill Clinton
"The Administration has organized the second White House Conference on Character Building next month to do nothing for two days but talk about how to build character. President Clinton won't be there ...." Al Kamen in the Washington Post
"And I know there is a collective sigh of relief when people like me leave." Hillary Clinton
"I'm a big believer in tipping. We should support working people." Hillary Clinton who did not pay for her meal nor leave a tip for waitress Trish Trupo, a single mother who earns $2.90 an hour before tips.
"I can't go out and save every undercapitalized entrepreneur in America." Hillary Clinton, in response to criticisms that her nationalized health care plan might bankrupt small business owners.
"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." Hillary Clinton, 1993
"What is the purpose of government? It's to empower people to make the most of their lives." Bill Clinton
"The stories come and go, and I stay the same." Hillary Clinton
"We will find you. We will catch you. We will make you pay." Bill Clinton
"If they could look into my soul, they would see someone whose belief in God and of faith is as sincere and deep and genuine as theirs is. And they would probably see someone who is ... more humble in his Christian faith than many of them are." Bill Clinton
"We will re-elect the man who through the strength of his convictions has given the United States of America new strength." Al Gore
"Sometimes I read about myself and I say, 'Ooo, I don't like her at all.'" Hillary Clinton
"I am married to the greatest political person of our generation." Hillary Clinton
"I think the President has to stand for what he stood for. He has to stick to his principles." Hillary Clinton
"There's no need to panic ... what Clinton needs to do is stay focused on those areas where he is credible." Tony Coehlo
"African-Americans watch the same news that ordinary Americans do." Bill Clinton
"Voters are angry with politicians like me. And they're angry with ... the media. Well, let me tell you something: The voters are no bargains either." Rep. Barney Frank
"I hate it when someone says something that's not true, and other people believe it." Bill Clinton
"President Clinton is working to project a more decisive image, because -- much to his surprise and contrary to his character -- there seems to be a perception that he has no basic value system." Helen Thomas
"I wish my diary was more accurate." Former Treasury Chief of Staff Josh Steiner (the man who lied to his diary)
"I made no attempt to be inaccurate, but I want to be clear I was not attempting to be precise." Former Treasury Chief of Staff Josh Steiner
"You're out of order. Shut up." Rep Maxine Waters to Rep Peter King
"No, I did not remember that profit." Hillary Clinton ($4300 in one-day trades)
"I do not remember any of those details." Hillary Clinton (when asked to explain the $4300)
"Don't hurry back. I'll still be screwing up when you get back." Bill Clinton to Andrea Mitchell
"Floating screw -- that's what people used to call me." Sen. Ted Kennedy (Christmas 94 party)
"I have fought more damn battles here for more things than any president has in 20 years ... and not gotten one damn bit of credit from the knee-jerk liberal press, and I am sick and tired of it, and you can put that in the damn article. Do I care if I get the credit? No." Bill Clinton
"Mission accomplished." Vernon Jordan
"(The president) brought shame and dishonor upon the office of the president and especially himself." Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
"The president's self-indulgent actions were immoral. Disgraceful. Reprehensible. History should, and, I suspect, will judge that William Jefferson Clinton dishonored himself and the highest office in our American democracy." Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL)
"It is clear that the president lied when he testified before the grand jury." Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
"... President Clinton's shameful behavior in an inappropriate relationship has caused great pain to his family and the nation." Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
"Most Americans get it. They understand what happened. He didn't tell the truth." Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
"For people to say that the president of the United States having allegedly telephone sex, is strictly private, has nothing to do with official duties, means theyve never been acquainted with the world of espionage and the world of blackmail. It seems to me that the [Senate] Intelligence Committee and the Armed Services Committee must ask the question about espionage." former senator Sam Nunn (D) Georgia, to CNN in January 1999
"It will be much more difficult to convince our sons and daughters of the importance of telling the truth when the most powerful man in the nation evades it." Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
"A lot of awful behavior occurred, a lot of it scandalous, a lot of it illegal." Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (D-CT) remarks regarding Clinton/Gore fundraising activities
"I don't think he was honest. I don't think he told the truth." Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
"The question is, does this rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors? I say yes. There's no question about his giving false testimony under oath. He did it more than once." Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)
"Clinton's an unusually good liar. Unusually good. Do you realize that?" Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.)(Esquire, January, 1996)
"What possible damage could he do in just 2 years? Senator Bumpers
"I've got to get some for my brother, he's got a nose like a Hoover vacuum cleaner." Roger Clinton
"It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. If the--if he--if "is" means is and never has been, that is not that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement." Bill Clinton, Grand jury testimony, August 17, 1998
"I want to say one thing to the American People. I want you to listen to me. I'm gonna say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie. Not a single time. Never. These allegations are false." Bill Clinton, television interview January 26, 1998
"Indeed I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong" Bill Clinton
"If a President of the United States ever lied to the American people he should resign." Bill Clinton
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans" Bill Clinton in USA Today, March 11, 1993
"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans...And so a lot of people say there's too much personal freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it. That's what we did in the announcement I made last weekend on the public housing projects, about how we're going to have weapon sweeps and more things like that to try to make people safer in their communities." Bill Clinton speaking about the U.S. Constitution
"I experimented with marijuana a time or two. And I didn't like it, and didn't inhale, and never tried it again." Bill Clinton, New York Times, March 31, 1992
"[I promise] the most ethical administration in the history of the Republic." --Bill Clinton, as quoted by Mary McGrory ( The Washington Post, 1/24/93)
"Stroke of a pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool." Paul Begala
"There are some good Republicans out there--which is not something I would have known just from reading their FBI files." Paul Begala
"I, William Jefferson Clinton, do solemnly swear..." Bill Clinton
"Look forward to four years of inspiring speeches, plus more God damned nonsense...." David Brinkley on WJC
"Not a creative bone. He is a bore and always will be a bore." David Brinkley on WJC
"We will lower the tax burden on middle class Americans." Presidential candidate Bill Clinton, 1992
"I'm Bill Clinton and I think you deserve a change. That's why I've offered a plan to get the economy moving again, starting with a middle-class tax cut..." --Bill Clinton, television advertisement, 1/16/92
"It depends on how you define 'alone'" Bill Clinton
"[Bill Clinton] has kept the promises he meant to keep." --Clinton adviser George Stephanopolous (CNN's Larry King Live, 2/15/96)
"The era of big government is over." Bill Clinton
"The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it, is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." Hillary Clinton
"You better get some ice on that." Bill Clinton
"Character doesn't matter." Bill Clinton
"I am committed to curbing the influence of money in our political system." Bill Clinton
"He's immune to shame" Jesse Jackson on WJC
"All of us knew he was a snake when we voted for him" Patricia Ireland
"For four years we've been cooperating exhaustively" Bill Clinton
"I'm not going to parse the statement." Mike McCurry
"An innocent bureaucratic snafu." Bill Clinton on 900 FBI files
"The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth." Bill Clinton, 10-15-95, speech at the University of Connecticut
"Now, you know, I once had a lifetime membership in the NRA. I've even got my jacket there," Mr. Clinton said. "But you listen - hadn't anybody missed a day of deer season on what I've done - nobody." After an extensive search of NRA records, Mr. LaPierre said Mr. Clinton never had an NRA "membership, he never had a jacket. He made it up. I can't believe it," the NRA chief added. "You know, if he's that delusional maybe he did inhale."
"I'm sick and tired of hearing about family values." Bill Clinton, during his Democrat Convention Speech
"Impeachment does not have to be for criminal offenses, but only for a 'course of conduct' that, while not particularly criminal, might be of such a nature that it destroys trust, discourages allegiance, and demands action by the Congress." Hillary Rodham
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." Hillary Clinton
"I think it's plain that the president should resign and spare the country the agony of this impeachment and removal proceeding" Bill Clinton on President Nixon
"[There was] no question that an admission of making false statements to government officials and interfering with the FBI and the CIA is an impeachable offense." Bill Clinton on President Nixon, Arkansas Gazette, August 8, 1974
"What happened as a result does a great disservice to a man I believe will be regarded in the history books as one of our greatest presidents." Albert Gore Jr., Remarks on the South Lawn of the White House, 12/19/98
"If a president of the United States ever lied to the American people, he should resign." Bill Clinton, 1974.
"The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not." Hillary R. Clinton, 1992.
"...[He] took an oath to tell the truth and the whole truth. As a grand jury witness, it was not for him to decide what would be material. That was for the grand jury to decide. Of all people, [he] certainly knew this. So I am going to vote guilty... He misled the grand jury. These acts are indisputably criminal and warrant impeachment." Sen. Tom Daschle, on the impeachment of Judge Walter Nixon
"We like your President. We want to see him reelected." Chinese intelligence chief General Ji Shengde while illegally pledging $300,000 to the DNC for just that purpose.
"...the record demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the President responded to plaintiff's questions by giving false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process." Judge Susan Webber Wright in her order to President Clinton to pay Ms. Jones' lawyers nearly $90,000 in compensation for extra work they performed because of the president's false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
"...there simply is no escaping the fact that the President deliberately violated this Court's discovery Orders and thereby undermined the integrity of the judicial system. ...Accordingly, the Court adjudges the President to be in civil contempt of court..." Judge Susan Webber Wright in her order to President Clinton to pay Ms. Jones' lawyers nearly $90,000 in compensation for extra work they performed because of the president's false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
"Contrary to numerous assertions, this court did not rule that evidence of the Lewinsky matter was irrelevant or immaterial to the issues in the (Jones) case. Indeed, the court specifically acknowledged that such evidence might have been relevant to the plaintiffs case." U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright
"We have filed today with the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct an application for an extension of time for the president to respond, until 30 days after he leaves office," Clinton lawyer David E. Kendall, referring to proceedings to revoke Clinton's Arkansas law license because of his alleged lies in the Monica S. Lewinsky scandal.
"There has never been an intentional effort to do that, and I think that we are in full compliance. I believe we are. That's what [White House Chief of Staff John] Podesta told me right before we came out." Bill Clinton, regarding the Clinton Administration's failure to turn over 100,000 subpoenaed email messages concerning "Filegate," Monica Lewinsky, and Chinese and other campaign finance abuses.
"The White House listed the messages as 'classified' documents to delay the probe into 2001 - after Mr. Clinton leaves office." Sheryl L. Hall, former White House manager of computer operations at the Clinton White House in the matter of 100,000 subpoenaed emails the Clinton White House failed to turn over to investigators
"In fact, a White House official told one of the contractors they had a jail cell with his name on it if he discussed the matter." Sheryl L. Hall, referring to contractors from Northrup Grumman Corp, tasked with managing the WH email servers, in the matter of 100,000 subpoenaed emails the Clinton White House failed to turn over to investigators
"I would just hope that the law would be followed by everyone." President Clinton, regarding the deportation of six year old Elian Gonzalez back to Communist Cuba.
"[President Clinton] dishonored his family in Washington. He dishonored the White House. Now he has dishonored my family and he has dishonored America." Marisleysis Gonzalez, April 22, 2000, after INS agents took Elian Gonzalez at gunpoint in an armed commando pre-dawn raid of her home.
"We may not want to call attention to the [missing subpoenaed e-mails] issue by bringing the issue to the attention of Congress because ... the level of requests appears to be declining...Let sleeping dogs lie." Karl H. Heissner of the White House Office of Administration in a February 1999 memo.
"I know a search was being done" by "one or more members of my staff," Ruff swore under oath. "If I knew who that was I would tell you who that was. But I do not recall." Charles Ruff during questioning before a congressional committee investigating missing White House e-mails.
"I'd say, 'Gee, I just don't remember what happened back then', and they won't be able to indict me for perjury and that, maybe, that's the principal thing that I've learned in four years...I just intend to rely on that failure of memory." former Clinton White House counsel Charles Ruff, in a June 19, 1997 Washington Post story by Bob Woodward.
"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet." Al Gore to Wolf Blitzer on CNN
"I decided I just had to call because you've printed a picture of the Earth upside-down." Al Gore to the Washington Post's executive editor.
"Who are those guys?" Al Gore, pointing to busts of George Washington, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson
"A zebra does not change its spots." Al Gore
"We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be e pluribus unum -- out of one, many." Al Gore
"Milosevic has barely begun to incur the damage he will feel." Al Gore
"He supported the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and lost his next re-election. But his conscience won and he taught me that was more important than any election." Al Gore falsely representing his fathers voting record.
"Im happy to have them name it after me," said Gore about the "Gore Tax" which he had encouraged to be imposed on phone bills by dictatorial executive department fiat in a completely unconstitutional, congress-avoiding totalitarian-style maneuver.
"What we have is two important values in direct conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. You cant have both." Richard Gephardt
"Thank you for your generous contribution..." Al Gore, in a October 2, 1990 letter to Maria Hsia and Howard Hom
"I cannot thank you enough. You two are great friends. See you soon." Al Gore, in a October 2, 1990 letter to Maria Hsia and Howard Hom
"I am deeply grateful for all that you did to make this re-election campaign a success." Al Gore, in a December 15, 1990 letter to Maria Hsia
"Please accept our appreciation for your support on the recent immigration bill." Maria Hsia Co-Chair Pacific Leadership Council, in a July 17, 1989 letter to Senator Al Gore
"I am pleased to have been able to assist you in this situation. Without your superb contribution, it would have been much more difficult to find my way in these matters." Senator Al Gore, in an August 28, 1989 letter to Maria Hsia
"I made a mistake going to that Buddhist Temple. I made a mistake in making telephone calls from my White House office. And I have learned from those mistakes." Al Gore
"My counsel advises me that there is no controlling legal authority or case that says that there was any violation of law whatsoever in the manner in which I asked people to contribute to our re-election campaign." Al Gore, regarding his fund-raising phone calls from his office phone which were in direct violation of the Pendleton Act.
"Throughout most of my life, I raised tobacco," the Tennessee senator hollered. "I want you to know that with my own hands, all of my life, I put it in the plant beds and transferred it. Ive hoed it, Ive dug in it, Ive sprayed it, Ive chopped it, Ive shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn and stripped it and sold it." Al Gore, as reported by [New York] Newsday, 2/26/88
"The record of this administration is his record." Mr. Clinton campaigning for Al Gore.
"[My life was] a little less glamorous...I lived on a farm," Al Gore to the Des Moines Register
"There is a difference between talking about compassion and actually putting your highest ideals into practice." Vice President Al Gore, December 2, 1998, Carthage, Tennessee
"I said if you want to run for President, you ought to behave like a landlord should...He said he's not what you'd call a hands-on landlord...I cannot get Al Gore to do nothing," Tracy Mayberry, who rents a house on a farm in Carthage, Tennessee from Al Gore
"I believe he had knowledge of the problems but was putting them off because of the election. Somebody had to know something." Tracy Mayberry, tennant of Gore Realties, owned by Al Gore.
"It bothers me that we had to go to such lengths to get something done. It's been nearly a year since we started complaining." Tracy Mayberry, tennant of Gore Realties, owned by Al Gore.
"I don't want to move back to a trailer," Charles Mayberry, responding to the eviction notice he was issued by Gore Realties, owned by Al Gore
"I've hit it; I've cursed it; I'd like to take a gun and shoot it. It's overflowed more times than I can count. Me and the plunger are on a first-name basis." Tracy Mayberry, tennant of Gore Realties, owned by Al Gore, speaking of the toilets routinely overflow, the raw sewage which leaks from the base of a commode and foul-smelling mud which comes up through their sink
"He told me he was sorry for all the problems, that he was unaware of them - which I consider to be a lie," Tracy Mayberry, tennant of Gore Realties, owned by Al Gore, speaking of the squalid conditions that Al Gore's property managers have allowed to fester for more than a year
"Weve switched the rules of the game. Were not trying to do anything legislatively." Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, The Washington Times, June 14, 1999
"Why should we believe you will tell the truth as president if you don't tell the truth as a candidate?" Bill Bradley, Jan. 26, 2000
"Do I remember what I majored in in college? I hate to guess. I think -- I mean, I'm
going to guess it was political science, but I'm not sure. It might have been history.
I'll check. I hadn't thought of that one." Uttered by former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun
(D.-Ill.) when asked what her college major was.