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AP: Clinton Learns To Laugh At His Past

Bill Clinton Learns to Laugh at His Past

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finally, Bill Clinton can joke about his past. The former president cracked up a meeting Wednesday, spicing up an otherwise dry, technical talk on the need for better coordination of global relief work.

In the midst of touting the importance of creating infrastructure to deliver aid to the developing world, Clinton conceded it was hardly the most scintillating subject to which he's been linked.

"To me, it's something I want to keep working on and I like working on it because it's not a particularly sexy topic. But I've already had enough headlines to last me five lifetimes," said Clinton, as the banquet hall audience burst out laughing.

"I don't mind working on boring topics. I like boring," he said in a speech to InterAction, an alliance of humanitarian organizations.

In recent days, Clinton has poked fun at his post-White House life working on global disaster relief and HIV/AIDS programs.

He's also shown a willingness to mock the days his presidency was consumed by the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment.

At a speech Tuesday night, the 42nd president genially said he had "already made enough people mad in my life," and on Monday evening he had described himself to a New York crowd as "the world's most famous sinner."

Clinton also spoke Wednesday at a gathering where he was honored with an award named after his one-time boss, the late Sen. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

Accepting the prize, Clinton urged the United States to seek peace before war.

Clinton avoided discussing the current conflict in Iraq or the growing U.S.-Iran tensions, but he argued that Fulbright's approach to the escalating war in Vietnam is an important lesson for present day politicians.

"In this interdependent world, we should still have a preference for peace over war," he said.

He also reflected on his own decisions when, as commander in chief, he was urged to launch a military strike somewhere in the world.

"I always thought of Senator Fulbright and the terrible quagmire in Vietnam and how many times we sent more soldiers and found ourselves in a hole and kept digging because we didn't want to look like we were weak. So anytime somebody said in my presidency, 'If you don't do this people will think you're weak,' I always asked the same question for eight years: "Can we kill 'em tomorrow?"

"If we can kill 'em tomorrow, then we're not weak, and we might be wise enough to try to find an alternative way," said Clinton.
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thanks so much for posting this article. I love this man. so nice that he has the maturity to be able to laugh about it now. BC is a fantastic role model, n'est-ce pas?
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MarJen,

thanks so much for posting this article. I love this man. so nice that he has the maturity to be able to laugh about it now. BC is a fantastic role model, n'est-ce pas?
i like him
he seems to always be able to trun something from black to white, and unlike the 43rd prez, ppl actually believe or want to believe him

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I'd be his intern.
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Wait a minute, didn't Clinton send troops to Somalia and striked at Sudan?
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Wait a minute, didn't Clinton send troops to Somalia and striked at Sudan?
And Serbia and he bombed Iraq...

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It's Clinton's fault that gay people can't get married. But I forgive him cause he's a sexy beast.
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It's Clinton's fault that gay people can't get married. But I forgive him cause he's a sexy beast.
Oh, really? PLEASE explain how it's his fault...but at least you didn't blame Bush...

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Oh, really? PLEASE explain how it's his fault...but at least you didn't blame Bush...
cause he signed the Defence of Marriage Act that defined marriage as being stritcly between a man and a woman.
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cause he signed the Defence of Marriage Act that defined marriage as being stritcly between a man and a woman.
You are correct...I wish more people remembered that.

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You are correct...I wish more people remembered that.
Clinton doesn't even remember it. He didn't mention it at all in his book! Unless I fell asleep and accidently skipped that paragraph.

But I still love him, he'd turn me straight in an instant.
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Clinton doesn't even remember it. He didn't mention it at all in his book! Unless I fell asleep and accidently skipped that paragraph.

But I still love him, he'd turn me straight in an instant.
I love how you try and justify Clinton's actions. "he does not even remember it"
If that is the case then he was not a good President if he cannot remember major laws he signed up.
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I love how you try and justigy Clinton's actions. "he does not even remember it" "lol:
If that is the case then he wasnot a good President if he cannot remember major laws he signed up.
How does me saying he doesn't remember it equate to me supposedly trying to justify his actions? I was being sarcastic!


Of course he remembers doing it. He didn't mention it in his book though. *cough* cover up!
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It's good for a laugh-but all this media picking up on the theme suggests it's a calculated tactic on Bill and Hill's part. Smart.

Bet he doesn't mention Ricky Ray Rector in his book either-few people remember that name.
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