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Mother_Marjorie
Apr 13th, 2006, 10:46 AM
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.

"Sluggy"
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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?

leeber
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:43 AM
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 :kiss:
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 :angel:

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:21 PM
I'd be his intern.

Lord Nelson
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:29 PM
Wait a minute, didn't Clinton send troops to Somalia and striked at Sudan?

leeber
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:46 PM
I'd be his intern.
:lol:

SelesFan70
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:56 PM
Wait a minute, didn't Clinton send troops to Somalia and striked at Sudan?

And Serbia and he bombed Iraq... :tape:

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:09 PM
It's Clinton's fault that gay people can't get married. But I forgive him cause he's a sexy beast.

SelesFan70
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:26 PM
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... :haha:

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:44 PM
Oh, really? PLEASE explain how it's his fault...but at least you didn't blame Bush... :haha:

cause he signed the Defence of Marriage Act that defined marriage as being stritcly between a man and a woman.

SelesFan70
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:47 PM
cause he signed the Defence of Marriage Act that defined marriage as being stritcly between a man and a woman.

:worship: You are correct...I wish more people remembered that. :tape:

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:50 PM
:worship: You are correct...I wish more people remembered that. :tape:

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. :confused:

But I still love him, he'd turn me straight in an instant. :hearts:

Lord Nelson
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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. :confused:

But I still love him, he'd turn me straight in an instant. :hearts:
I love how you try and justify Clinton's actions. "he does not even remember it" :lol:
If that is the case then he was not a good President if he cannot remember major laws he signed up.

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:59 PM
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? :lol: I was being sarcastic!


Of course he remembers doing it. He didn't mention it in his book though. :tape: *cough* cover up!

Rollo
Apr 13th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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.

ptkten
Apr 13th, 2006, 03:54 PM
I wish Clinton was still president

Shenay La Soul
Apr 13th, 2006, 04:37 PM
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.

Oh most definitely it's calculated. It is politics, after all. ;) Now, who is Ricky Ray Rector? I would Google him but I want to be surprised. :p

Mother_Marjorie
Apr 13th, 2006, 04:44 PM
Now, who is Ricky Ray Rector? I would Google him but I want to be surprised. :p

You don't wanna know!

griffin
Apr 13th, 2006, 04:58 PM
cause he signed the Defence of Marriage Act that defined marriage as being stritcly between a man and a woman.

Which was a bad thing, and sorely disappointing: but if you think there'd be gay marriage anywhere else besides Massachusetts right now had he NOT signed, you've spent too much time in Dorothy's poppy field.

He wasn't perfect, but I'd take him and his administration over our current lying, incompetant pile of White House poo any day.

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 08:53 PM
but if you think there'd be gay marriage anywhere else besides Massachusetts right now had he NOT signed, you've spent too much time in Dorothy's poppy field.

Of course not, that's why I don't lose any sleep over the fact that it was Clinton ( :hearts: ) who signed it. Things wouldn't be much further along if the DOMA didn't exist.

Rollo
Apr 13th, 2006, 09:55 PM
Oh most definitely it's calculated. It is politics, after all. ;) Now, who is Ricky Ray Rector? I would Google him but I want to be surprised. :p__________________


RRR was a man on death row in Arkansas. Many thought he should be spared because at that point he probably didn't even know what he'd done (he shot himself after the murders and blew out a good part of his brain).

Despite the urging of the Pope, anti-death penalty activists, etc, Bill Clinton made sure Ricky Ray was executed.

This was going on while candidate Bill's campaign was going down the tubes because of Jennifer Flowers(which ole Bill boy denied) and the same time he denounced the rap singer Sista Souljah, and the same time he trotted out his religious credentials.

Bill personally came back to Arkansas to see the execution was carried out-the day after the Flowers story broke.

To his credit it worked like a charm.

Infiniti2001
Apr 13th, 2006, 10:01 PM
Which was a bad thing, and sorely disappointing: but if you think there'd be gay marriage anywhere else besides Massachusetts right now had he NOT signed, you've spent too much time in Dorothy's poppy field.

He wasn't perfect, but I'd take him and his administration over our current lying, incompetant pile of White House poo any day.

:yeah:

skanky~skanketta
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:26 PM
I'd be his intern.um, how do i put this nicely?

BACK OFF!that's my job. :drool:

CondiLicious
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:31 PM
um, how do i put this nicely?

BACK OFF!that's my job. :drool:

He needs more than one intern.

Pheobo
Apr 14th, 2006, 01:10 AM
*sigh*...I miss him.