Bill Clinton back in the news…
We were about to do a blog item on Bill Clinton’s comment Monday basically saying Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign had run its course, the day before the last Democratic primaries.
But then we spotted Todd Purdum’s long profile of Bill Clinton in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine.
The article talks in detail about some of the business deals that helped the former president amass a $109 million fortune, wonders whether Clinton’s heart bypass surgery changed him to an angrier man, and reports on his friendships with billionaire bachelor buddy Ron Burkle, sometime movie and music producer Steve Bing and other pals.
The article said there is no proof of “post-presidential sexual indiscretions on Clinton’s part, despite a steady stream of tabloid speculation and Internet intimations that the Big Dog might be up to his old tricks.”
Then it proceeds to get into the rumors.
“Over the last few years, aides have winced at repeated tabloid reports about Clinton’s episodic friendship and occasional dinners out with Belinda Stronach, a twice-divorced billionaire auto-parts heiress and member of the Canadian Parliament 20 years his junior, or at more recent high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip that Clinton has been seen visiting with the actress Gina Gershon in California. There has been talk of a female friend in Chappaqua, a woman in a bar at a meeting of the Aspen Institute, and a public sighting of Clinton, Bing and a ravishing entourage in a New York elevator that, a former Clinton aide told me, led a business leader who saw them to say: I don’t know what the guy was doing, but it was so clear that it was just no good,” the article says.
The response from Bill Clinton’s office sounded apoplectic.
“A tawdry, anonymous quote-filled attack piece, published in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine regarding former President Bill Clinton repeats many past attacks on him, ignores much prior positive coverage, includes numerous errors, and ultimately breaks no new ground. It is, in short, journalism of personal destruction at its worst,” said “The Office of President Clinton.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Ana Martinez (Bill and Hillary Clinton during recent campaign stop in Puerto Rico)