Tales from the Trail

Chelsea Clinton dismisses “Monica” question

March 26, 2008

Campaigning for her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton answers lots of questions from potential voters at campaign events but never from reporters.rtr1xusd.jpg

But in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Clinton brushed aside a question from an individual in the crowd who asked for her take on her mother’s handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, WISH-TV reported.

“Wow, you’re the first person actually that’s ever asked me that question in the, I don’t know, 70 college campuses that I’ve now been to and I do not think that’s any of your business,” Clinton responded according to the station.

The crowd at the student union at Butler University applauded, WISH said. That was supposed to be the last question, but Clinton insisted on taking one more question, the report said.

When it was revealed in 1998 that President Bill Clinton had had an affair with Lewinsky, the news set off a protracted drama that led to his impeachment and a failed attempt to remove him from office.   

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- Photo Credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi (Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton applauds as her daughter Chelsea takes the stage at a rally in Austin, Texas on March 3)

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To question how the affair affected her mother was absolutely appropriate as her mother wants to be President of the United States. It is especially important as her mother pulled that Great Right Wing Conspiracy nonsense. If Miss Chelsea wants to be treated with a hands off policy she should not be actively campaigning. She is 27 year old woman not a school girl.

But as with her parents she is one arrogant individual. Perhaps only an insensitive jerk would ask the question, but only a family of selfish, self important jerks would get themselves in this situation time after time. Perhaps Miss Chelsea was traumatized by the sniper fire in Tuzla? Why do you good Clintonites think so much of the Party is deserting Senator Clinton for Senator Obama?

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive
 

In reply to Terri’s confusion about President Clinton “shaming the nation on an international scale” how many international people have you spoken to on the issue? For I have & every last one of them thought the whole thing was a dog & pony show, especially with the republicans who were leading the witch hunt, themselves having extramarital affairs. Newt Gingrich, does he ring a bell?

 

So he likes doing brass or getting it on. Have any of you ever seen the home video he made taking golf shots of a senator´s car or riding the kids trike through the white house halls? He likes to have fun and is a genuinely good bloke. I know, i met him in Harrogate while i was playing golf and he crashed someone´s wedding. His daughter is a good example of a citizen and attractive at that so leave the poor man alone. Pay more attention to the people who are IN power – Sarkozy – sleeping with a model. Is that wrong too?

Posted by Jonny Goldberg | Report as abusive
 

That question was irrelevant and rude.

I propose people pass an IQ test before they are allowed to participate in the electoral process.

Posted by marina | Report as abusive
 

In all fairness, Hilliary introduced dirty politics, so the question concerning Monic’s stained blue dress shouldn’t be held exempt from Chelsea. It is your mom whom have opened the door, so you need direct your question to her, but you need respond to the question. As you can see how you have been affected by your own mom’s decisions, so have so many. Maybe, you can suggest that your mom go easy, since you are out of the trail which means with your mom anything goes, so get ready Chelsea or get out. It’s your mom doing, so deal with it. Be polite, don’t make place yourself in your mom’s footsteps, because it appears that you don’t have the heart.

Posted by Nisey01 | Report as abusive
 

Sorry, Chelsea ~~~
When you are act as a surrogate for Mom, you have to expect tough questions….if you can’t stand the heat, get outta the kitchen !!

Also, is Mom having a concert by Sir Elton John, in violation of U.S. law??? He is a foreign national and not allowed to influence our election process in that way….OH, I FORGOT…you, your mother, your dad, and their cohorts are entitled to their OWN set of laws!!

Posted by Dick / NH | Report as abusive
 

Chelsea, I agree with you. ITS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS.

Senator Clinton went thru hell already and she survived the Political embarrasment. Senator Clinton is strong, faithfull, caring and focus in more constructive things instead of whimpering.

Senator Clinto has proven to survive personal and Political crisis with class and strenght. GOD BLESS 3 OF YOU DEAR CHELSEA.

Posted by ladyjustice | Report as abusive
 

Excellent and vital question to be answered and Chel baby, it is the American peoples business! Hillary is not running for a head manager position at McDonald’s but rather for the President of the U.S.

This question goes right to the matter of Hillary’s values, morals and trust worthiness. If she places her ambitions above her self respect, what do you think she will do with ours? If she can’t control her husband how can she expect to lead the country? Bubba lied to the American people ON TV no less while almost getting impeached (not very impressive Bill), Hillary (only has only stayed with him to give her a shot at the presidency, while carpet-backing N.Y.) spins everything (sniper story) to her whim. The American people should be very frightened with this unscrupulous, power-hungry woman who places her values behind her ambitions.

Posted by Bob | Report as abusive
 

Good for you Chelsea. Your strong and spirited just like your mom. This message is to the youth of America: Please learn about the issues before you decide who to vote for in this election. Don’t be swayed by spin that there is very little difference between Hillary and Barack. Hillary’s Solutions for America are far and away above his empty promises of hope. Hillary is right for America. Our country faces serious issues and the next President will be challenged above all others before them to restore our standing at home and abroad. Please just do your homework before you vote and then, I believe, you will vote for Hillary for President of the United States of America.

Posted by Mary O'Bryan | Report as abusive
 

Just like a typical CLINTON – Dodging questions. What an arrogant little twit!

Posted by anon | Report as abusive
 

If Bill clinton’s transgression had occurred “away from the job site” and on his own time then it would indeed be “none of our business.” But this abuse of power took place in the Whitehouse on the TAXPAYERS dime and at the expense of a naive woman. Chesea should not have to answer for this but Bill AND Hillary should.

Posted by Elizabeth | Report as abusive
 

I’m a little confused here. When Bill Clinton was in the white house, lying about some sexual activities, supporters were quick to say that his track record was the only important thing, character is not the important issue for a president.

Now Obama is out there, and the same people are saying that his lack of experience/track record are not important, but his character IS.

What gives?

I think that it was a cheeky question, BUT, instead of an actual answer, she just tried to make the questioner embarassed. As usual, instead of a real answer, we just ahd a bunch of zealous college kids clapping.

If they want to continue to use Chelsea as their connection to the young voting public, she;s going to have to deal with answering some tough questions, not just glad-handing around the country

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive
 

Why is it important that Chelsea Clinton is credible as a candidate? She’s campaigning for a candidate, that’s true, and of course because it’s her mother, she’s expected to be as comfortable with the press as a veteran, but come on, guys. This isn’t a candidate.

Was her response the best that could have been made? Perhaps not. But it’s not fair to compare her performance with the media with that of either Barack OR of her mother. Chelsea is NOT the candidate. Try to remember that, people.

Posted by Sue | Report as abusive
 

I thought this country allowed free speech. The press can beat the hell out of celebrities like Britney and Owen Wilson, and ask them awfully personal questions, but Chelsea can’t answer a question about her scummy Dad? I’d like to ask Hilary about her $120,000 profit on a $1,000 investment in cattle futures, but I’m afraid she’d cry. Can’t wait to have a sensitve wife and daughter in office. The troops will love her as Commander in Chief

 

Your father lied under oath and faced impeachment while in office. You
cannot say its none of our business. Your mom claims much of her
experience as first lady and that includes handling the lewinsky scandal. you better
find an answer or stop appearing on behalf of hill and bill

Posted by joe ombima | Report as abusive
 

Chelsea Clinton may not want to talk about Monica’s blue dress but we Americans shouldn’t let Bill Clinton’s daughter prevent us from having a conversation that is very important to the future of our country. If Senator Clinton becomes our next president, Bill Clinton will be back in the White House and, almost certainly, up to his old tricks. Despite running an excellent and tough campaign, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to control her husband. And we should use this insight as an opportunity to assess the cost we paid as a country for that blue dress and the lies that Bill Clinton told about everything related to it.

Look, don’t get me wrong: I thought the attempt to impeach Clinton was an incredible miscarriage of justice. The only problem was he didn’t make it any easier with his repeated lies and misstatements, to say nothing of his incredibly inappropriate behavior. At least one member of Senator Clinton’s current campaign has suggested to me that Bill is still the same old skirt chaser he always was. If and when his wife becomes President, this will no longer be his private business anymore. And since there seems to be scant likelihood that Bill Clinton will change his ways, it is– with all respect to Chelsea’s sensitive feelings– a good idea that we have a national discussion now about whether we as a nation can afford another four years of Bill’s marauding sexual appetite given the ambitious (and admirable) agenda which his wife has determined to fulfill.

One committed supporter of Senator Clinton expressed her private wish to me that Hillary Clinton– humiliated and insulted so many times by a selfish and narcissistic husband– would leave Bill Clinton once and for all. It will probably never happen, but if it did, I’ll bet Senator Clinton’s popularity would surge in the polls. I can tell you one thing: she’d certainly get my currently undecided vote.

Posted by Dorothy Democrat | Report as abusive
 

Anyway you cut it, Bill Clinton wagged his finger and lied to the American people. That is what took Richard Nixon down. Hillary had to know about the possibility of the accusations being true because there had been prior incidents of women accusing Bill of extracurricular activities.

Posted by Dave Spangler | Report as abusive
 

I understand that Hillary is campaigning and these questions will come up to Chelsea. I think Chelsea handled the question very well. What else is she supposed to say. Everyone should stop giving her such a hard time.

Posted by nicole | Report as abusive
 

Chelsea is absolutly right – it is no one’s business. I applaud her and think those that were ill-mannered enough to ask needed to be put in their place.

Posted by Jackie | Report as abusive
 

I cannot believe anyone could be so rude or have such lack of repect for to ask that question to the daughter of the father that cheated on her mother. These people have no manners, now it’s fashionable because the press is endorsing it for a sound bite. RUDE!

Posted by Erin | Report as abusive
 

Chelsea stated yesterday that “You are voting for my mother not my father” so should that not allow Obama to say “you are voting for me, not my pastor?”

End of subject.

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive
 

RE: Chelsea Clinton / Monica Lewinsky Question

My question is …

“Was Monica Lewinsky really hired as a paid prostitute?”

Monica was chosen-hired for her randy handiness and skills in giving BJ’s as well as her willingness to participate in unusual, vulgar and kinky sexual activities on the job – and to talk dirty to to her boss (President Clinton) in the Oval Office during office hours and after hours as well.

Usually when a woman does these type of sexual activities as her paying job, she is defined as a paid hooker. If Monica was paid for her 9-5 sexual services to Bill Clinton, they were both breaking the law, as well as degrading and cheapening the office of the president with their low brow sex – as well as detracting them both from working on issues important to the voters who were paying both their saleries. Usually if a company president (or boss) paid an employee for similar sexual services during office hours, they would both be fired if caught.

Another question, Who was the “pimp” that sent Monica to Bill in the first place? Did he/she provide intern-prostitutes for other politicians in a “Heidi-Feiss” operation?

Posted by Reader | Report as abusive
 

do not VOTE FOR HILLARY.

SHE IS A LIAR
SHE DID DO CRIMES
SHE SHOULD DO THE TIME IN JAIL
SHE SHOULD BE NOT ALLOWED TO BE RUNNING

HER SPOUSE
DID GET IMPEACHED AND DID LIE TO ALL OF US
WHY IN THE HECK IS ANYONE IN A RIGHT MIND WISHING TO VOTE FOR THAT SICK WOMEN AND SICKER SPOUSE AND A CHILD THAT ALSO TELLS US THAT WE ARE RUDE. HELL SHE IS MORE RUDE THAN ANY OF US. WE DO HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THESE SICK PEOPLE ARE UP TO I MEAN HILLARY SICK O AND HER SPOUSE WHO IS SICKER THAN SICK.
THE MALE WOMENIZER. MAKE THE SOUNDS OF THE MOVIE JAWS ON THAT ONE. YOU KNOW THE TUNE.

WELL IF THIS SO CALLED WOMEN GETS INTO OFFICE BEAR IN MIND WE GET TO HAVE ANOTHER IMPEACHMENT I WISH WE HAD ONE FOR BUSH MORE THAN ONCE.

HECK PEOPLE WE DO NEED A CHANGE FROM
UNMORAL CLINTONS
FROM BUSH WHO BASHES OUR MONEY TO NOTHING
FROM THE UNTRUTHS OF 9 11. HATE TO SAY THIS ONE BUT WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO ON MANY FACTS OF 9 11 AND DON’T EXPECT TO GET THE TRUTH OUT OF THE CLINTONS ASKED TO TELL IT
BILL CALLED A PERSON IN THE CROWD RUDE AND ANSWERED WAY PRIOR TO 9 11. THE QUESTIONS WERE WE WANT THE TRUTH OUT ON 9 11. ON THAT HE CALLED THE PERSON RUDE. SO WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU OH DON’T FORGET BILL DID THE FINGER AGAIN HE POINTED AND SAID ANOTHER LIE TO THAT MAN TOO. YOU KNOW I NEVER WISH TO SEE BILLS FINGER POINTED AT US AGAIN. EVER
I DID NOT LIE HE SAID TO US WELL HATE TO SAY THIS BUT THE CLINTONS LIE EVEN IN THEIR DIRTY PANTS. TRY INSIDE AND OUT. WHO IN THE HELL WOULD WANT TO VOTE FOR THEM AGAIN.

IF YOU DO WANT TO VOTE FOR HILLARY,,,
GO SEEK A MENTAL HOSPITAL,
YOU NEED IT.

DON’T ERASE THIS MESSAGE HECK FLASH IT ALL OVER THE PLACE IT IS BETTER FLASHED THAN CLINTONS DAUGHTER SAYING WE ARE RUDE IF WE ASK FOR THE TRUTH AS WELL. HER ANSWERS ALSO MAKE ME SICK
IT JUST SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH SHE WAS ALSO BRAIN WASHED. I MEAN TOTALLY BRAIN WASHED I BET IN A FEW MORE YEARS SHE WILL BE IN THE NEED OF TREATMENTS AS WELL INTO A MENTAL HOSPITAL. SHE SHOWS SOME SIGNS OF THAT NOW.

SHE CAN’T EVEN SPEAK UP RIGHT FOR SOMETHING THAT NO ONE CAN. PLEASE GET THEM HORRIBLE CLINTONS OUT OF OUR FACE. NOW THAT IS BASICALLY WHAT BILL SAID TO ONE MAN GET OUT OF MY FACE HE SAID TO HIM. WELL PLEASE DO NOT I BEG YOU NOT TO VOTE FOR THIS SICKO FAMILY EVER AGAIN. THE GOOD NEWS IS IF THIS COLD WOMEN LOSES THIS ELECTION THEY SAID SHE CAN NOT RUN AGAIN. I SURE AS HELL HOPE NOT.

Posted by Nancy | Report as abusive
 

If Chelsea doesn’t want to speak about her family’s private issues then we need to ask her a different question. Does Senator Clinton think it is okay that President Clinton lied to the country? We have the right to ask this question and it is certainly our business to know the answer.

Someone out there please ask her this question as it is unlikely she will campaign in this area again.

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive
 

Now that Bill is seen as a liability, we’ve got to return to the ramifications of this question. Because I don’t think she should be given important status in Obama’s cabinet, especially as VP.

Think about it.

How will Hillary be respected during overseas negotiations if Bill is caught back home with his pants down again? If she can’t control her husband, how will she control ANY position that she’s representing?

Posted by yeelee | Report as abusive
 

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