August 27th, 2008
09:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Amy Holmes: It's personal for Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

Bill Clinton, not known for his self control, is still not over it.

It's been reported that he still resents the suggestion from Obama supporters that he played the race card during the rough and tumble Democratic primary. Perhaps that explains why, last week, he applauded John McCain's energy plan. Yesterday, Bill Clinton seemed to imply that voters could be forgiven for voting for a candidate they only agreed with fifty percent of the time, if they believed he was the candidate who could get things done. Could he have meant John McCain?

And now there are reports that Clinton, Bill that is, plans on skipping Obama's historic speech tomorrow at Invesco Field.

Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech tonight. That's not in question. It's what he's grumbling to his inner circle and coyly suggesting in unscripted remarks that's causing headaches - not to mention what can only be considered a Clinton-sized snub tomorrow night.

But is it all Clinton's fault? Barack Obama has not been exactly gracious about his predecessor's political accomplishments. Indeed, he told the Rena Gazette-Journal:

"I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not."

In one line, Obama managed to diminish Clinton's genuine political accomplishments and compare him to perhaps the most hated figure in the Democratic Party - behind George W. Bush.

Tonight, Clinton was gracious. As for the next two months? Well, Hillary had a hard time keeping him on a leash, most recently when she was running for the Democratic nomination. Between Joe Biden and Bill Clinton's penchants for off the cuff remarks and off the grid observations, the Obama campaign will be challenged to keep these two political heavy weights off of the front page. As a political junkie and a conservative, I hope they don't.

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Don

    Why do conservatives always want to divide, CNN why??????

    Bill has more impressive records and not even BO can diminish it.

    August 27, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Fred

    To lead by....
    "The power of example.... not the example of power"
    My god, I miss Bill.

    August 27, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Steve Volis

    Could CNN poll of polls conduct a poll on this question ??
    which Candidate is Most likely to lead us into the Next War ???

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Canadian Observer

    Bill Clinton iced the cake for President Obama!

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Yoseph

    Amy Holems is a kid. don't split words left and right. The man is more than you and you don't even think as much as my daughter. sorry to tell you he is Democrat and he will be, but I don't know where you stand. I guess this is your job and with no ethics.

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Jim, IN

    This isnt FOX, CNN. Instead of talking about keeping Bill on a leash, lets talk about keeping some of your commentators on a leash.

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Jeff

    For once we actually heard somebody talk rather than just listening to the CNN people in the special wonderful amazing booth they keep talking about. Horrible overkill on commentary from the best team in politics or whatever they keep calling themselves.

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Voter

    Barack Obama is an arrogant little creep who has treated people who successfully served this country for years as if they didn't deserve to stand within his gaze.

    What an arrogant, self serving meglomaniac!

    He is all yours, Democrats!

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Eric

    Conservatives like Ms. Holmes have a weak candidate and realize that only by fomenting false division within the Democratic Party can they hope to beat Barack Obama. It's unfortunate that many in the media are going along with this strategy so they can have something to report.

    Careful, ma'am, your desperation is showing . . . .

    August 27, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Paul Dobro

    moments after Bill's speech which was well done and spoke highly of Obama, CNN wants to tear it apart?


    August 27, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Well, if Bill didn't give Obama a major boost, nothing will. I don't think anyone is more eliquent then Bill and Hillary Clinton. The King and Queen of the Democratic Party. Now it is up to Obama to deliver the goods..

    August 27, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA





    August 27, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. tedious898

    Shut up Don....Faux news misses you. Please go home and join the rest of the roaches. Its still dark, but in a minute the lights will turn on and you need to run for cover. That will be in Nov.

    August 27, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. John

    I have been an Obama supporter since I voted for him for Senator in 2004.

    I have been an Obama for President supporter since he made me very happy by throwing his hat in the ring in early 2007.

    As an Iraq veteran, I knew that he was not just "Change", he was the change we absolutely needed.

    I supported Obama throughout the entire primary season. Volunteered, defended, donated.

    So when I say that I support Obama/Biden '08, I want you to realize that there is some history there.

    After hearing Hillary Clinton speak last night, and after hearing Bill Clinton speak tonight, just now, I sent my first contribution to Hillary to help pay down her debt.

    Hillary and Bill have shown that we are Democrats. We are united. We are on the same team, and that team is dedicated to electing Obama.

    No way, no how, no McCain.

    Obama is ready to be President.

    The Republicans said that Clinton was too young and too inexperienced.

    The Clintons are right. We need Obama right now. Obama is ready right now. Vote Obama/Biden '08, donate to Obama and Clinton, come together and get it done.

    Yes We Can
    CNN... absolutely terrible waste of bandwidth.

    August 27, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Peter of Oregon

    Did you hear that speech McCain? That was an awesome speech. I would like to take this opportunity to postulate that you are un-prepared for the intensity Americans will show in their support of our only Real choice to lead this country, Barack Obama.

    CNN... I hope Bill Clinton laid the final nail in your coffin of perpetuating false, fictitious and non-factual division between the Clintons and the Obamas.

    Lay the devisive journalisim to rest CNN. No Way... No How... No McCain in '08.

    August 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. karen

    Obama should be thanking the Clinton's. And for all the Clinton bashing that has been going on for months–I wonder–will Obama someday get that same level of adulation? I doubt it.

    August 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Mike

    Yeah. And did you notice Clintons Blue Tie? Everyone knows that blue ties are a sign of contempt huh CNN? Geez give it a rest CNN. How much does Exxon Mobil pay you guys to stir up this garbage?

    August 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Sandy

    August 27th, 2008 9:41 pm ET
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    CONSERVATIVE – the following is what I think of you and your warmongering hate-filled pity-party backward thinking old man.

    If you have to start off with negatives, I'm not even going to read your crap column.

    WE are taking our country back. YOU DEAL WITH IT. If you're with us, good, if not – GET THE H-LL OF THE AIR AND OUT OF THE BLOGS.

    We need positive and we need our country back from the divisive types like you !!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |

    Why should Bill Clinton get over what the Obama campaign did to our core principles of democracy or what they and many in the media did to Hillary?

    Yes, we can remember in November.

    And we will...

    August 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    It just kills you people, doesn't it? You so badly want inter-party division, because that helps your ratings. Not this time CNN.

    August 27, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. John

    Wow, you are a worthless hack of a supposed political commentator.

    "The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Amy, don't try to diminish what Bill said tonight. There's no doubt who he supports. And it's not your candidate.

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    JC CNN.
    Stop the divisive comments. Why don't you just buy a front page ad in the NY Times and say vote McInsane.
    Clinton gave a wonderful speech tonight supporting Obama but you want conflict. I say...go C-SPAN. You are doing a fantastic job and down with CNN.
    Print this CNN

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. C-span is better

    Good Job Bill. Welcome Home

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. Mike, FL

    He told us all why its important to have a democratic president after a 8 disasterous years under Bush and McCain.

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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