Bill Clinton back in the news…

June 2, 2008

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.

rtx677d.jpg(He told a crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that, “This may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” according to NBC News.)

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.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Ana Martinez (Bill and Hillary Clinton during recent campaign stop in Puerto Rico)


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Recently someone said Hilary would most likely have Bill run as his vice. Wow, not sure how far that would go considering Bill’s history as to top dog. Regardless somewhat clever. Good luck.
Benigna Marko

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Hilary thanx for showing the world everyone deserves a second chance.

Posted by Benigna Marko | Report as abusive

I have never read such a piece of trash than that vanity fair article . I thought I was reading the Enquirer. I have one thing to say I don’t know of anything that can hurt a magazine more than gossip trash with not one name to back any of it up. I personally will never buy Vanity Fair again.
Many people in this country feel Bill Clinton will go down in history as one of the best Presidents ever. Tell Todd Purdum -That’s Reality.

Posted by mimi362 | Report as abusive

At this point I do believe the Democratic parties best move would be for Hillary to step down , and Obama to ask her to stand as
Vice Presidential running mate. This would be best for all American
citizens and this world.

Posted by Lawrence John Lapadat | Report as abusive

Oh dear – more evidence of the once affable Bill and his oddball clan being silly.

Bill should tell his wife to go while she still has a chance of salvaging some dignity.

I just don’t like the smell of the Clinton clan, these days.

It smells rather ‘off\': the US needs a fresher smell.

Time to fumigate the Democratic challenge!

Posted by The Truth Is… | Report as abusive

since obama won presidental nomination i think he will not give chance to hillary to be running mate because this lady does not car american people but she only wants leadership and making history

Posted by abubakar | Report as abusive

I love how well these two have managed life.
Benigna Torviso-Marko

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