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Did he really say that?
Clinton wishes he had left White House “in a coffin”
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he would have preferred to leave the White House in a coffin because he loved being commander in chief, but signaled his political life was over.
“It’s good that we have a (term) limit. Otherwise I would have stayed until I was carried away in a coffin. Or defeated in an election,” Clinton said at a conference in Istanbul. “I loved doing the job.”
Clinton won two terms in office, the maximum under the constitution, and served from 1992 to 2000.
Your story contains a rather obvious factual error, that he served in office 1992-2000. He was elected in 1992, and took office in January 1993, as you undoubtedly know.
Whether you want to put the end date as up until the inauguration in 2001 or to call it 2000 is probably a judgment call, but I don’t think there should be any question about citing 1993 as the beginning of his presidency.
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Clinton saying:”It’s good that we have a (term) limit. Otherwise I would have stayed until I was carried away in a coffin. Or defeated in an election,” is NOT the same as saying: Clinton wishes he had left White House “in a coffin”
That’s a ghoulish way to interpret that.
We corrected the dates to 1993-2001.
Several readers also felt our headline was too much of a stretch, given the facts in the story. They have a fair point: GBU Editor
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton listens before giving a lecture in the Andalusian capital of Seville November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo