January 14th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton compiles 'list' of Obama attacks

 Bill Clinton appeared on Roland Martin's show Monday.
Bill Clinton appeared on Roland Martin's show Monday.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign came out swinging Monday against the latest complaints from her rival, with former President Clinton announcing he has "a list of 80 attacks on Hillary" by Senator Barack Obama's campaign.

In a nationally syndicated radio interview on WVON, Bill Clinton said Hillary Clinton's way of handling attacks showed a clear difference from Obama. "She didn't complain about it," he said, citing one in particular that he considered "appalling."

"She just said 'I disagree,' and went on."

Clinton's remarks on the Roland S. Martin Show - which has a largely African-American audience - came amid a flare-up over remarks by Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, who appeared with Hillary Clinton on Sunday at a church in South Carolina, site of an upcoming primary.

Many believe Johnson made a veiled reference to Obama's drug use as a young man, though he insists that was not his intention.

"I think we have to take it at his word," the former president told Martin, adding that "nobody knew" what Johnson would say, and "it wasn't part of any planned strategy."

Johnson was rejecting the controversy over a recent remarks by Hillary Clinton, who noted that it "took a president" to make the Voting Rights Act a law after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had led the struggle for it. Some interpreted that remark as dismissive of the civil rights movement. Obama on Sunday called the remark "ill-advised."

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  1. SB

    I heard former President Clinton on the Tom Joyner Show this morning and I was really shocked. He was on a rampage. It is distressing to hear a former U.S. President behave in the way that he did this morning. I know that he is well known for distorting the truth, but his behavior on that radio show this morning was out of control.

    I think the Clinton's are about to reap what they sow.

    January 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. sky

    Once again, the press, pundits, and sadly, the progressive blogs have done such a poor job vetting Obama, that he gets away with practically everything. As Lawrence O'Donnell admitted, the press hates Hillary, and were gleefully waiting to watch her fall after NH. If Hillary so much as sneezes, it's played in the press as horrendous. Take, for example, the fairy tale quote. I saw Russert play a snippet of it completely out of context on MTP; he totally misconstrued the entire message of what Bill was saying. Bill was ONLY referring to Obama's Iraq stance. It had nothing to do with his ability to become the first black President. Russert shouldn't even call himself a journalist if he thinks false baiting merits a reputable interview. For all of you people who are appalled by Bill's behavior, please go to youtube or look up the entire quote. Now if everything I said and did was perpetually twisted by pundits, left wing bloggers, and yes, the other presidential contenders, I think I'd get a little testy too. And if my wife was constantly attacked with no recourse from the press, and a silly public that perpetually says, "Shame on you, Bill and Hillary," I think I'd bring out my list too. As a matter of fact, I'd bring out the boxing gloves. If the press would do their job, Bill wouldn't have to resort to this.

    January 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. CAROLE ALLENDALE NEW JERSEY

    come on bill tell us all the of the 80 things obama said.. we deserve to hear it if its true right ? come on do the right thing.. the list exists right ?

    January 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Edward Davidson

    Firstly, Clinton was in fact the one who brought up the "race issue" into the campaign. She basically said blamed Obama for her poor choice of words, which suggestively belittled the work of Dr. King, at least leaving people with the thought bubble of "?"

    " Dr King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964... the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done... That dream became a reality, the power of that dream became real in people's lives, because we had a president who said we're going to do it and actually got it done." – HRC on Jan 7 2008

    "It is wrong that Sen. Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgement and how he had been against the war. There's no difference in your voting record, and Hillary's ever since. Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." – Bill, Jan 7 2008.

    Secondly, Obama's campaign is far from all talk. Nor it is an inconcievable "fairy tale." I encourage you to go to each candidate's self named website and overview their respective plans for addressing issues. You will find that Obama's plans are significantly more detailed and encompassing than Clinton's.

    Lastly, Hillary is boasting about how she will bring change when she has accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from lobbyists, which include insurance and health care companies. Yet she plans to significantly change the health care system? If you don't believe me search "hillary clinton lobbyist money" on your seach engine and watch the video of her confession. Obama has accepted no lobbyist money, at all. Clinton is delusional if she thinks lobbyists represent the American people. Lobbyists are a huge part of what is keeping this country from improving which is why Obama has laid out such a detailed and forceful plan to root them out of Washington.

    Guys and gals, forget about the lies, slanders, and hype. Pay attention to the facts, the evidence , and make your own interpretation instead of being led back in time by Sen. Clinton's brand of old-school, quick and dirty, self-serving, undermining and under the table politics.

    And for all the hard core feminists out there who are subjectively and stubbornly supporting Hillary please... don't just settle for any woman simply because she's a woman, and because the females around you support her, which makes you all feel a bond. Please consider the fate of this country too.This woman in particular is really not what America needs right now.

    And black people who have posted or are reading posts, whom I assume are of middle or perhaps upper class. PLEASE, make sure that your lower class black friends, assuming you have them, have reason for supporting Clinton besides that they love Bill. I mean, it drives me crazy to think that some folks can be so simple and gullible. And Bob Johnson!?!?... well I'll save that for another post.

    January 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Michi

    How about a duh moment in regards to Obama. Senator Obama is a truly viable intelligent and qualified person of color who could possibly be our next President. For the Clinton's and their supporters who should know better to diminish his accomplishments as not "doing" but only "hoping" is sick. Barack Obama came from humble beginnings and accomplished much and he RISKS his life every day in his campaign to bring about real change.

    I'm a Native American female and I see this fight in ways that might be different than most. When will black Americans finally realize that just because the Clintons have been their friends, doesn't mean they owe them. As my mother taught me, you "do" for others because it is right and not for the pat on the back or for making people obligated to you.

    Hillary and her friends know very well how much of a risk to his life Obama is taking to run for this Presidential office....but she is so greedy about her ambitions she would rather forfeit Obama in every way so she can attain her goal. The Clinton's greed for power seems to have no end.

    January 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. W. O. Webb - Nashville, TN

    TO: Monte Brown & Others lacking knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement

    While I do not intend to inflame or demean the aforementioned persons, my writing is intended to enlighten. If I have any angst on this issue, it is toward revisionist history that has been over-simplified by mass-media.

    I ask you to enrich yourselves of the true history of the Civil Rights Movement which was won by millions of Black, White and other Americans of goodwill and fairness. Its leadership was and is an evolving collective of great and sincere minds, many who died before MLK’s "...Dream" speech was presented. His memorable oration symbolized hopes of those gone by as well as those who conceived, orchestrated and participated in the many events of/for civil disobedience to provide equal rights to all U. S. citizens.

    During the 60's numerous local, state-wide, collegiate, and national leaders and organizers are part of that movement's leadership including African-Americans such as A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, Bayard Ruskin, Adam Powell Jr., Whitney Young Jr., James Farmer Jr., Dorothy Height, Benjamin Hooks, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, NAACP, CORE, SCLC, SNCC, and many other individuals and organizations, as well as Dr. Martin L. King Jr. whose core group included Andrew Young and Jesse L. Jackson, leader of SCLC's Operation Breadbasket.

    My main point is that MLK was a MAJOR leader in the Civil Rights Movement and after his assassination was transformed in the minds of many from a rebel rousing, socialistic revolutionary, and trouble-maker into THE SYMBOL of Civil Rights Movement. King neither claimed to nor did he invent the Movement. We the down-trodden, most of whom had suffered, witnessed and/or disdained the multifarious BEAST of slavery, brutality, race-based sadism & crime (lynching, rapes, property theft, etc.), Jim Crow segregation, and more subtle forms of racism were and are the MOVEMENT, which essentially urges all people to become and exercise the BEST of our HUMAN capabilities.

    Let’s stop this decline in our humanity and RISE to our potential!

    I believe Obama is just one of many who are trying their best to realize our Creator's Plan, which MLK and others adopted.

    Vote for whom you believe in after you have digested each candidate's stance on policy issues. But, do so to save yourself, your family and loved-ones, our nation, Earth and all inhabitants.

    January 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Summerville, SC

    Bless you Charlene! An American with her own mind and the sense to see through this media. They're not transparent, and we're not dumb, girl. I'm with you!!

    January 14, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    80? That's hilarious.

    More hijinks from the man who perjured himself before Congress and lied to the American people.

    He shouldn't have been let anywhere near his wife's campaign.

    January 14, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Lou

    For all of the Americans that like complaining about the way politics work in our country:

    1. Get off of your @$$ and do something about it. You will complain your whole life and nobody will listen to you unless you fight the process.

    2. Do not complain about people who complain, you might be considered a hypocrite.

    3. They are DEMOCRAT and when elected, they will do what the DEMOCRAT party requires of them. What do Americans not understand about this?

    January 14, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Joe, SoCal

    I'm a Democrat and I will never vote for HRC. I will vote for any Republican before her.

    January 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Doug, CA

    Ok, Clintons are clearly for the old politics and backdoor deals. Washington knows best and everyone else just get in line.

    I'm voting for Obama.

    January 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Mr.Murder

    It is the Clinton's fault that the Obama camp sends a memo out to higlight race discussions?
    Barack's opposition to the Iraq war before it began is a fairy tale. Bill CLinton higlighted that fact.

    Barack said there would be no difference between his policy and Dubya's going to the war.
    That's racist to say so? Fairy tale is racist? Pixie dust for Donna?
    Never let your kids watch peter Pan, those racist fairy tales...
    A Clinton supporter(one who resigned) highlights historical truth that Barack used drugs. If that's racist to higlight why did Barack put it in his book?
    Hillary being stronger than Mandela may indeed be a reach, but Bill exonerating Hillary could only be expected in their marriage. Since Hillary is his choice for any task does not mean she has not faced danger. Perhaps Kenneth Starr witch hunting them pales in comparison, but their perspective is a bit more confrontational for domestic politics than most Americans have been aware...
    Johnson said to Bill Moyers on signing the civil rights act, that he'd given the south to the GOP for decades. He paid politically, resulting in his decision not to run for President as an incumbent. For tough decisions like that to be made politicians have to pay a price. Saying so diminished what King did?
    Politico, a red meat republican apparatachik, is being used as a source by Obama's campaign? Amazingly so.
    In other news, working with lobbyists when saying you would eliminate them from your campaign and political staff is no longer false hope. To draw such a comparison is to question the moral legacy of MLK Jr. and Sr. along with that of JFK.
    Notice also that Obama would not contact the reporter for the story, but would have his camp respond through Politico.

    January 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. Liz D

    Way to go Charlene, again

    As I said; Don't participate in the drama.

    If you can't stand what the other person saiys about your candidate, then turn a deaf ear and move on. You have your own beliefs,

    The media loves to kindle the fires

    January 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. Bullofmizzou, MO

    Old "slick willy" is checkin his list, and checkin it twice, and he gonna find out this campaign's about Men and not Mice

    And...as for dropping a Dime of Drug Use in the past by a "certain other candidate".....since when is an old time aging radical left wing Hippie hold-over from the 60s and 70s not guilty of a lil dope smokin...themselves....or perhaps She didn't "Inhale" either ??....Hummmmm makes one wonder, Huh!?.....or am I confusing myself wit Jane Fonda, maybe??

    January 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. jl

    The more Bill talks the more he reminds me what I dislike about him. Does anyone for a moment believe he's been able to keep it in his pants since leaving office? I'm sure he's got the Viagra.

    January 14, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Patrick, Bethlehem,PA

    Obama could have taken on the Clintons if he wanted to.

    Anyone who saw the Iowa debate saw how Obama silenced Hillary's gotch-ya laughter, when Obama was asked by the moderator why he has hired some of Bill Clinton's former staff. That was smooth, classic, brilliant stuff from Obama. The Clintons better be careful; Obama can play dirty if he chooses to.

    As for Billionaire Johnson of BET, what more can one say of a man who made his billions pimping black women via rappers on BET. A channel with nothing of substance.

    Between Bill Clinton and Johnson, i don't know who is worse. One was pimping at the White House, the other was pimping on TV.

    January 14, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. DB/Maryland

    Keep your head up Obama. Do your thing. Don't fall into the muck & mire of the Clintons. I am very happy with the way you have conducted your campaign so far. I know it's hard not to lash out but you are showing real leadership qualities, calm in the midst of the storm. I admit I was a Clinton lover until now, no more, I have seen the other side and I don't like it. You have my vote and my husband is campaigning for you here in our area. God bless you. Fight the good fight.

    Obama '08

    January 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Steph

    First, let me say I am a woman and I am white. I am also an Obama supporter, and it has absolutely nothing to do with race or gender. I would love to be able to support Hillary because she may be the only chance I have of seeing a woman President in my life. But I can't, when I watch her, I see dishonesty, I see the desire to win even if it means lying. She has been flip flopping all over the place so much lately that she seems like a fish out of water. If the people don't like how she's acting or what she is saying, then she changes her whole attitude so much so, that no one really knows who she is, or what she really represents. All the garbage coming out of her and Bill's mouths has turned me totally against her. They talk about uniting the country-How in the world can they promise that when the are dividing their own party??? Our country is such a mess right now that we DO NOT need status quo. In other words we do not need possibly 28 years of Bush's and Clinton's in the White House!! I am an Independent voter that has always voted Democrat. I feel that the only candidate that could actually unite people is Obama, and possibly Edwards. If Hilliary gets the nomination I will NOT vote for her, I will possibly look on the republican side for the first time ever. I don't really want to do that because I think we really need a change, but I don't see Hillary as it. If things keep going the way they are, there is no way the Democrats are going to win the General Election. How sad that the Democrats have a chance to make History and change the direction of this country, but, their actions may hand it right back to the Republicans. The Republicans don't really have to do anything except sit back and watch the Democrats implode, as usual. And, I know that if I feel this way, there are many others out there, Independent and Democrats that feel the same way and it will show come voting day.

    January 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Maura

    Wow! And to think I used to respect this guy.

    January 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. a. muhammad Atlanta,Ga

    Its interesting that some actually think Mr. Obama is or has attacked Mrs. Clinton. When? Her side has done all the attacking! Obama really hadn't even responded to them but once over this recent spat! Read the actual record! As far as Obama being MLK.JFK. or RFK. Those of you who say he isn't any of them, you are right! He is Barack Obama! Before MLK, JFK, or RFK SHOWED you who they were, you didn't know them either. And if you recall history, many of them were attacked for what they believed as they tried to get America and the world to CHANGE for the better. They were accused of drug use, cheating on their wives, bad judgement, and even being un-American! Guilty or not, things were thrown at them to make them look to be unfit for your admiration and trust. Sound fimilar? The American people still falling for the same ole tricks. Thats experience for ya!! They were each killed for what they believed. So its easy to love them now! They aren't here to require anything of you!

    As far as the statements by Mr. And Mrs Clinton over this last week; I think they have been blown out of proporstion! But NOT by the Obama side. He didn't even say anything about it until today! The statements were blown out of propostion by the media! The media feeds, we eat! However, I agree with Obama, the statements were ill advised. Which is pretty much all he said about the matter.

    And it was Clinton who brought up race. Not Obama! She also brought up gender! Then when the issue of gender came up on Meet The Press, she said that her experience as a woman is just a product of being one. And that she can't help that it may come up. So. How about Obama's experience as a Blackman in America, that shouldn't come up as a product of who he is? Of his experience? Of what has shaped him? If it does hes playing the "race card"! Many whites are just afraid of the miorror that a Barack Obama puts up to them. So, they don't want to be reminded that he is Black. And that he has some disadvantages based on that. Its sad really. This is begining to show just what is in the minds of many whites in this country. But to those whites who want to seem NOBEL, even to themselves. Look at yourself as to the reason why this country is in the condition it is in. I'm a Black American. I want the same as you. LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSIT of HAPPINESS. JUSTICE, EQUALITY, FREEDOM. Not against you. We can all have it! But some of you act as if its just a little left, and we have to battle for it. NO!! It is enough for us all!

    January 14, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. a. muhammad Atlanta,Ga

    Its interesting that some actually think Mr. Obama is or has attacked Mrs. Clinton. When? Her side has done all the attacking! Obama really hadn't even responded to them but once over this recent spat! Read the actual record! As far as Obama being MLK.JFK. or RFK. Those of you who say he isn't any of them, you are right! He is Barack Obama! Before MLK, JFK, or RFK SHOWED you who they were, you didn't know them either. And if you recall history, many of them were attacked for what they believed as they tried to get America and the world to CHANGE for the better. They were accused of drug use, cheating on their wives, bad judgement, and even being un-American! Guilty or not, things were thrown at them to make them look to be unfit for your admiration and trust. Sound familiar? The American people still falling for the same ole tricks. Thats experience for ya!! They were each killed for what they believed. So its easy to love them now! They aren't here to require anything of you!

    As far as the statements by Mr. And Mrs Clinton over this last week; I think they have been blown out of proportion! But NOT by the Obama side. He didn't even say anything about it until today! The statements were blown out of proposition by the media! The media feeds, we eat! However, I agree with Obama, the statements were ill advised. Which is pretty much all he said about the matter.

    And it was Clinton who brought up race. Not Obama! She also brought up gender! Then when the issue of gender came up on Meet The Press, she said that her experience as a woman is just a product of being one. And that she can't help that it may come up. So. How about Obama's experience as a Blackman in America, that shouldn't come up as a product of who he is? Of his experience? Of what has shaped him? If it does hes playing the "race card"! Many whites are just afraid of the mirror that a Barack Obama puts up to them. So, they don't want to be reminded that he is Black. And that he has some disadvantages based on that. Its sad really. This is beginning to show just what is in the minds of many whites in this country. But to those whites who want to seem NOBEL, even to themselves. Look at yourself as to the reason why this country is in the condition it is in. I'm a Black American. I want the same as you. LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSIT of HAPPINESS. JUSTICE, EQUALITY, FREEDOM. Not against you. We can all have it! But some of you act as if its just a little left, and we have to battle for it. NO!! It is enough for us all!

    January 14, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. hp

    there starting to dig in in eachother wait till some one brings back how the clintons left the white house in a big mess as people taking things that belong to the whitehouse.And left writings on the walls.Besides how can she run the country in a safe and sain way,the only time she could keep bills pants up is when she wanted some

    January 14, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Mr. Murder, kindly do your research.

    Barack Obama WAS opposed to the Iraq War from the beginning. The most well known example of this was a speech he made in Chicago on October 26, 2002, in which he said he did not oppose all wars, but opposed what he called a "dumb war."

    He NEVER agreed with Bush's call for war in Iraq. Rather he agreed that we needed to support the troops once we were there and make a serious effort to stabilize the country and its warring factions. "I think that nobody wants to play chicken with our troops on the ground. ... I do think a majority of the Senate has now expressed the belief that we need to change course in Iraq. ... Obviously we're constrained by the fact that a commander in chief who also has veto power has the option of ignoring that position."

    Here is his FULL QUOTE about "agreeing with Bush," which has been grossly taken out of context by the Clinton camp:

    "There's not that much difference between my position and George Bush's position at this stage. The difference, in my mind, is who's in a position to execute. ... How do you stabilize a country that is made up of three different religious and in some cases ethnic groups, with minimal loss of life and minimum burden to the taxpayers? I am skeptical that the Bush administration, given baggage from the past three years, not just on Iraq....I don't see them having the credibility to be able to execute. I mean, you have to have a new administration to execute what the Bush Administration acknowledges has to happen."

    January 14, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Teacher

    Im so proud of the people on here that write enough to fill a book.

    January 14, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Drew

    Are you kidding me? This is coming from the man who was found guilty lying under oath. Are we really supposed to believe anything he says now? Put yourself in the jury box now and imagine a witness accused of perjury was telling you to trust them. Would you? The Clintons strategy is making me sick to my stomach. You have had your moment, now please just go away.

    January 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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