September 4th, 2007
01:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Oprah: What do I call Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton looked on as Oprah Winfrey prepared to give a speech in 2006. The former President appeared on Winfrey's talk show Tuesday.

(CNN) – Former president Bill Clinton appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday to promote his new book, “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.”

When Winfrey introduced Clinton, she admitted she didn’t quite know how to address the former president.

“When you call, I don’t know what to say. Your Highness, sir, thank you, Mr. Former President. Mr. President. Mr. Clinton,” she said. “Could you tell I was all verklempt about it?”

Winfrey then asked Clinton what he wants to be called if his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, becomes president.

Clinton replied, “My Scottish friends say I should be called ‘First Laddie’ because it’s the closest thing to ‘First Lady.’”

The former president also told Winfrey that he does play a role in his wife’s presidential campaign, but “not in an organized way.”

“If she’s writing an important article or giving an important speech, she’ll ask me to read it. Particularly if it’s something I know a lot about,” he added.

- CNN Political Ticker Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Jack, Toledo, Ohio

    Hillary Clinton is far to liberal for my tastes. That is why I am voting for Tom Tancredo. With his positions on Immigration and Iraq, he will provide the conservative leadership that this country needs.

    September 4, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. sonya, atlanta, ga

    what a crock. I'm not helping Hillary's campaign in any organized way.

    September 4, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Twila, Some small town in IN

    Oh for gosh sakes, he's hardly the First Adulterer. Do you people really think that never happened before? It's just the first time someone was impeached because of it.

    September 4, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    I am amused that some people still view Bills little afair with Monica as important. Why? It in no way detracted from the fact that he was a very good president! What does a personal issue have to do with the fact that Hillary will make a great president!
    I wish you idiots that still think that the Monica thing was a big deal would get a life! If Hillary had the grace and love to forgive him it was her decision and hers alone everyone else should just forget it!

    September 4, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Tom, Flagstaff, AZ

    Bill Clinton could beat any of the two parties' candidates, including Hillary.

    September 4, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. James - Casa Grande, Arizona

    All of the rediculous responses shown here remind me of a bumper sticker I saw recently: No one died when Clinton lied.

    It doesn't take a genius to see that all of the indiscretion, lying and deceitfulness that has come out of the Republican Party most recently, trumps Clinton's indiscretion.

    September 4, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Uma, mpls, MN

    Some people just can't stand with clintons regardless what they do. I think both Hillary and Bill are good hearted intellectual people. In compared to Obma or Edward they are way pure. Obma make non profit hopital raise his wife's salary right after he became senator and Edward made tons of money by sucking poor people.
    Please..please be realistic....and learn to respect people than hating.

    September 4, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Peggy, Chicago, IL

    I can't wait for Hillary to be elected President. Mark my words, she will. She has the experience and the intelligence that we need to bring this country back into a persona that people around the world revere.

    Let's face it, we were the best in everything the world has to offer. But the United States has fallen in the eyes of the rest of the world. We look like we are arrogant bullies. I don't know when we became the "world police", but it's unbecoming.

    Bill Clinton was simply the best president the United States has ever had. Hillary was not a stay at home housewife. She got right into the thick of things when her husband was president. She has the experience that we need.

    I'm from Illinois. I love Obama too. But, I think his time will be after Hillary. He would best serve as her vice president and get his experience. I would gladly vote for Obama after Hillary.

    And all of you detractors about Bill Clinton being the First Adulterer. Have you noticed that the politicians who complain the most about gay relationships, are usually Republicans, and the more they complain, they have been turning out to be gay themselves. The ones who complain the most about adulterous relationships, turn out to really be having an adulterous relationship? Get over it!

    Hillary '08!

    September 4, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Shamey, Los Angeles, CA

    Well, maybe one of these days Oprah and others will wake up to the fact that the most refreshing and experienced candidate in the race – from EITHER major party – is NM Governor Bill Richardson: 14 years in Congress, UN Ambassador, only candidate with Executive experience (as Governor) or Cabinet experience (as Sect. of Energy), re-elected with 69% of the vote in a closely divided state and four time nominee for Nobel Peace Prize. If other governments trust and respect the man for his leadership, then maybe America needs to wake up before it's too late. is my link of choice.

    September 4, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Adam, Plano, TX

    what do you call him? how about first laddie of the clinton household? thats as far as he'll go.

    September 4, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Ian

    Protocol would have him referred to as The First Gentlemen.

    September 4, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    It is so amusing the Much Ado About Bill Clinton's Adultery!

    Adultery by Presidents has been a hushed subject since the before the Eisenhower Days!

    The only difference between him and the many other Audulterous Presidents is that his went public. People act as if Bill was a first! Too Comical.
    He certainly wasn't the first and he definitely won't be the last.

    I'd much prefer to have a President with an imperfect moral record than one who is obsessed with war and power.

    If that's the only criticism you can find to smear Hillary and Bill you best get prepared to handle your disappointment ater the 08 election!

    September 4, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    You guys(posted here) are very low, lower than fungus. You are negative because your lives are negative, you are hopeless guys, I pitty you. Open your eyes and heart, look at the world, how lucky to live in America. God couldn't bless you because your mind is too narrow and dirty.

    September 4, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. James, North Little Rock, AR

    To: Rick in Illinois

    It is a sad state of affairs (pun intended), but Bill Clinton wouldn't be the "First Adulterer." There were many before him and there will be many after him. God, Hillary, and Chelsea all forgave Bill. He made a stupid mistake, but praise God for all the good that he did for our country and for the work that he continues to do around the world. Bill Clinton may be categorized as the first of many things, but adulterer is not one of them.

    September 4, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. jake, jonesboro ar

    Anyone else find it weird that these conservatives are stuck in the 90s with their criticisms of Bill Clinton? Lemme see . . . the 90s or today???? Gimme a break.

    September 4, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Diana Faust, Los Angeles, CA

    I doubt very much that Hillary would be leading the pack running for president, if she wasn't married to Bill Clinton. Name recognition is everything in this media-driven race to the Oval Office. She is a household name; people who put little effort into their political decisions will often vote for the most familiar name on a ticket.

    However, voters who want the Democratic President with the most experience AND the most forward-thinking platform would do well to look at another Bill who should be in the White House: Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico.

    In a time we are seeking peace, he is the only candidate to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 4 times. He's the only top-four candidate calling for ALL our troops to be removed from Iraq (no residual forces left indefinitely). He would replace them with a muslim-only UN peacekeepers. (His time as the US Ambassador to the UN gives him the background on how to get this done.)

    In a time we are seeking energy independence and an end to global warming, the Sierra Club says Richardson's energy plan is "the most aggressive and detailed" (His years in Clinton's cabinet as Energy Secretary give him the knowledge on what can really be done.)

    Besides his 14 yrs in Congress (more than any other frontrunner), Richardson is the only one with executive political office experience, now serving his second term as Governor of New Mexico. As Gov, he's balanced 5 budgets, experience no other candidate has.

    Ms. Clinton tries to play the "experience" card, but it is really her husband who has the experience. Bill Richardson has actually DONE it himself. He's worth checking out and voting for in the primary.

    September 4, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Charles MA

    Here's the political freight train coming down the tracks at us at full speed.
    1. Hillary-President
    2. Obama-Vice President
    3. Chuck Schumer–Supreme Court justice
    4. Bill Clinton–UN Secratary GEneral or US Ambassador to the UN
    5. Edwards Secretary of State

    And that's the name of that game

    September 4, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. JP, Minneapolis, MN

    At least Bill Clinton isn't a TOE TAPPING, Airport, Hippocratic, Republican.. LOL

    September 4, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Pam A Summerside PEI

    "Adulterous former President" has sizzle, excitement, and a story line. Much better than "Mr. Shrub", "Wing Nut", "Idiot", "Dubyah", "Dolt",
    "Pathetic", "Moron" and "Loser."

    September 4, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  20. Ron, Bullhead Arizona

    The President of the United States is more of an Instution then a position, anytime a man becomes President he is always president and always addressed as Mr. president. I would think that anybody with half an education would know that. Of course if you are trying to belittle a president you might fein ignorance, Opera doesnt cut it. She knows better!!

    September 5, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  21. James, Olaya Street, Riyadh

    Bill Clinton, a serial adulterer, does not have the moral compass to be a figurehead for the American people. Never had and never will. As for Hillary, to paraphrase Fred Thompson,"what did the President's wife know and when did she know it." Hillary knew from past experience he was lying to the American people, but she kept her mouth shut. America does not need a morally ambivalent President.

    September 5, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  22. Cas Santos, San Mateo CA.

    How painful must it be for the vast republican right hate filled bigots, to see that despite there best efforts America Loves and respects Bill Clinton and recognizes his extraordinary achievements as President regardless of his shortcomings as a husband, father and leader. We have moved on and forgiven you republicans should do the same....

    September 5, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  23. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    I am not surprised by the sophomoric references to President Clinton's past indiscretions; though I would have thought by now most of these folks would have gotten over it.

    There are at least a million Iraqi's and others that will never get over President Bush. That is because they are dead or physically and/or mentally incapacitated by this hideously stupid war. He qualifies as a war criminal by any measure, and should be transported to The Hague for trial as soon as he leaves office.

    Give me an adulterer over a murderous war criminal any day!

    September 5, 2007 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  24. Nick, Birmingham Alabama

    The idiots who comments on here about how great Clinton and Obama are scares the you know what out of me. Neither of them will help this country. I wish people would look at Ron Paul's record. He is the only candidate willing to move us in the RIGHT direction.

    September 5, 2007 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  25. Chip Celina OH

    To Diana, Los Angeles,

    Excellent post! I realy think Gov. Richardson is worth a long look. He possesses quite a resume and on the surface seems quite genuine. I also like Sen. Obama for his candid responses and genuine interaction with people at campaign events.

    I hope the American voters do their homework instead of just casting a vote for Hillary because she's a woman, and a Clinton. She keeps telling us she'll fight when elected. Personally, I've seen enough fighting the last 15 years in Washington. We've seen where that has gotten us.

    Have a good day,


    September 5, 2007 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
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