Assuming we're talking about the same Bill Clinton, what I saw (and also read word for word) was an eloquent, well educated man who had total control of the English language trying to answer a question while a rude television personality interrupted him each time he continued to speak.
This was the old "Do you still beat your wife" trick and Mr. Clinton had every right to be defensive. He was invited on a show to discuss his current projects and how he is helping to save lives around the world. After all, this man is not President, is he? He could be playing golf or cruising around the world on a private yacht. His job in Washington is over.
I have never in my life heard a current administration continually blaming the former living President for the world troubles of the present. Maybe I never paid enough attention, but hasn't Bush been our Nation's leader for almost 6 years? (I realize he's taken a lot of vacations.)
You'll all laugh at me, but this garbage reminds me of the men who blame their ex-wives for all their problems. Then they're asked how long they've been divorced. "Oh, she left in 1985." Well get over it Honey! Has George Bush done such a horrible job as President that he and his supporters need to keep telling the American public that "I didn't do it. It was Bill Clinton!" If Bush and Cheney had achieved a lot in the White House, then the Republicans wouldn't need to slander the Democrats so much. They could promote the Party on the current administration's accomplishments rather than what the other guy did or didn't do, including bringing up his past sex life. I'm no politician, but if I was asked at a job "Why should you get the promotion?" and I answered "because Mary really screwed up and Bob is bad" I doubt if it would go over very well.
Mr. Clinton admitted that he tried and he failed. (So did at least 3 other Presidents, including the current one.) One difference is that Clinton couldn't get any support from the Republicans when he asked them to take Osama bin Laden seriously. So I'd be a little ticked off too if, before an election, the Republicans started to twist the truth and present it to the American public as historically accurate. 9 well respected historians, FBI agents, Richard Clarke and the 9/11 Commission all agree that a lot of the scenes in the ABC mini series were totally fabricated. Even ABC has come right out and said many things were "made up" to dramatize the program. Clinton was well aware that the question Wallace asked about 9/11 was generated from the reaction to that 'Docudrama.' (is that in the dictionary?) Just a small part of the interview was:
***Clinton: Now, I will answer all those things on the merits, but first I want to talk about the context in which this arises. I’m being asked this on the Fox network. ABC just had a right-wing conservative run in their little Pathway to 9/11, falsely claiming it was based on the 9/11 Commission report, with three things asserted against me directly contradicted by the 9/11 Commission report.
And I think it’s very interesting that all the conservative Republicans, who now say I didn’t do enough, claimed that I was too obsessed with bin Laden. All of President Bush’s neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden. They had no meetings on bin Laden for nine months after I left office. All the right-wingers who now say I didn’t do enough said I did too much — same people.***
I think Bill Clinton is in control of his emotions, considering the non-stop criticism from the Right and the interrogation he's had to endure. I mean, didn't these people try to drag him through the mud enough when he was in office? I was really surprised that Ken Starr didn't jump out as a surprise guest from the past...sort of like the 50s show “This Is Your Life!”
BTW, it's so absurd that on the same day that Fox is calling former President Clinton “Crazed” (yes this is how they are FAIRLY and IMPARTIALLY advertising a news interview!!) Jerry Falwell publicly referred to Hillary Clinton as the Devil. Well, he actually didn't say that. What he did was demonize her by saying that Lucifer wouldn't fire up as many people. I mean, seriously guys...and a recent blog topic on this board was about OTHER people (Liberals perhaps?) spreading hatred! How low into the gutter are these Right Wing fanatics going to stoop before they start realizing they're flushing their own careers and what's left of their integrity down the toilet?
Oh, just a side note here. I read that during Mr. Falwell's conference he assured everyone during the prayer breakfast that "God would preserve a Republican majority in Congress."
You mean I've been praying to a Republican? No wonder I never win anything in the Lottery. Dang!