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. Shannon

    I wonder how many people would get over being called a racist when you spent your whole life fighting and defending the rights of others. I guess he must be sensitive that way. The Obama campaign and it's supporters use the race card at the drop of a hat. Something goes wrong, and it's the pity party, waaah waaah it's because he's black.

    You don't like his policies, tough, you must be a racist. His supporters are the biggest turnoff to his campaign. Their constant use of race and calling people racist shows such an incredible lack of personal responsibility. It shows in their own life every problem they encounter must be because of race, not anything they've done themselves. As a Democrat the whole race card issue is contrary to everything I was taught as a Democrat. This new generation of whiners can have their Messiah, some of us believe we are responsible for our own decision and problems, we don't blame it on our gender or the color of our skin.

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Nick

    Can we please stop grumbling about things we can't possibly know and are irrelevant anyway? Bill Clinton got up there and gave the right speech and did the right thing. That's the news. That's what happened. Stop spreading discord and start reporting the news.

    August 27, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Bart in SC

    My God!!! Will this every stop? Bill Clinton just gave his convention speech and it was, as always, amazing. He said everything he could say to support Obama. But we are still giving him grief. This speech could not have been easy for him as Hillary's speech could not have been easy for her. I worked on Hillary's campaign and it has not been easy for me to watch two great American politicans give up on their dream. But, they have given the democrats everything they have asked for ... so leave them alone. Stop the disrespect of his presidency and move on. I will always respect Bill and Hillary Clinton for their contributions to this country. And I will always be proud that I worked on her presidenial campaign. I will also vote for Obama in November because I believe he is a better candidate than McCain.

    August 27, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Quinn

    To Don,

    A better question is why does CNN always allow conservatives to dominate the news cycle and perpetuate that division?

    August 27, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. DeniseGA

    Gossip, Gossip, Gossip.

    The Democrats have gotten over the primaries, why won't the republicans? Why does the media keep perpetuating the divide?


    August 27, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Wendrell Dunn

    To error is HUMAN, to act like you don’t is REPUBLICAN

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. JImmy in California

    BIll Clinton knocked it out of the park tonight too. All is forgiven.

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. S. Boatman

    Bill Gave A Great Speech Tonight! . . . A Grand Slam For Sure! This November I Will Tell Mccain Thanks. . . But No Thanks!

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. CL in Florida

    Amy, let it go!!!

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. R

    you guys are full of it. CNN you started to look so retarded, and irrelevant

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Musicpromo

    Are we to think that you amy holmes has some keen insight in to the clintons? Or are you a GOP mouthpiece? I think that it's the 2nd choice, I have watch you during this campaign season, and most of what you say sounds like it's right out of the head of Karl Rove maybe you talk with him before you hit the airwaves. That I would think to be true. In anycase there not much that can be done to save the Republicans have lost this a long time ago not only is the brand in trouble there whole party is take a look at them they wanted Hillary so bad so there could rally the troops because they hate her, not that not going to happen they have nothing McCain is dead in the water. They lost there last best chance. No Money, No Backing, No War, No Shot!

    Bye Bye BYE!

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Badger

    Nice try Amy. Go away.

    August 27, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. More Conservative Spin

    Ho hum... another great speech, another CNN conservative commentator trying to undercut the speech with murmurs of puma and clinton rancor. Stop trying to create the news CNN. Just report it. Murrow is spinning.

    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Jay

    Give it a rest!!! I know you pundits and so on like to drum up stuff just to suit your purpose of ratings and all by keeping things negative. Bill did what he needed to do. That's it, that's all!!

    Don't some of you reporters have a conscience. This country needs to unite and help those less fortunate who have lost their homes, their jobs and their lives in the last 8 years. Grow up and support your country. You are doing your country a major disservice right now!!!!

    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. jake

    Who hired Amy Holmes anyways?

    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. tedious898

    I'm so proud of Bill....we need to listen to him . I know Barack will use Bill's wisdom.

    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Byron

    Wow. This lady has jumped the shark.

    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Smeryl62

    I think we just have to take him at his word. The funny thing about behind the scene comments is that they should stay behind the scenes. If he isn't speaking it publicly, then neither should you. He supports Obama. It really is that simple. He will campaign to help him win along with HRC. Stop with all the divisive suggestions that have not been substantiated.

    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Democrats Unite - Obama/ Biden 08!! Whoop whoop!!! :-)

    PLEASE POST.....

    CNN... I love you guys... but just quit!!!



    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. mel from Ohio

    You are trying to keep yourself working by making up untrue issues to write about!! You are one of the reasons for the ignorance that continues to surround the coverage of this election season.

    August 27, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Lifelong Black Democrat

    Leave Bill Clinton alone. He doesn't have a thing to prove to anybody, his record speaks for who he is. As for the race card, keep listening-Clinton will have the last laugh on that one. African Americans have been had! Jesse called it and then backed away from it, the truth will out in the end or the middle or somewhere on this road.

    August 27, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Dandelion.

    Give me a break.

    Bill Clinton and John Kerry both just gave VERY beautiful and sincere speeches.

    Stop with this nonsense.

    August 27, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Ken

    Bill is not attending the speech because he did not want to overshadow Obama's nomination. James Carville made this clear the other night.

    My gosh, when are we going to have intelligent journalism in politics and not sensationalism?

    August 27, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. Chris Banner

    What are you talking about,
    Bill gave the speeach of his life, he spoke to our hearts and our minds, and whoever is smart enough will vote for Obama.
    So Amy, whether you like it or not, Obama is the next president of the U.S.A, you can vote McCain if you want Amy, and I will vote OBAMA

    August 27, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Bill Clinton is the Greatest....I would feel so much better in my heart if he could just be President one and I mean no one comes even close to this man...he loves this country so much ..he loves all Americans...Barack needs to learn BIG TIME from this HERO ...Barack does not even come close to being the kind of AMERICAN PRESIDENT Bill Clinton was and should be again!!!!! The Clinton the true leaders of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Will someone (maybe her stylist) teach Michelle how to smile...please....?????

    August 27, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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