May 28th, 2009
09:12 PM ET
6 years ago

NYT: Bill Clinton holding grudge against Ted, Caroline Kennedy

In an article in an upcoming issue of New York Times Magazine, former President Clinton discusses his wife's new role as the country's top diplomat.
In an article in an upcoming issue of New York Times Magazine, former President Clinton discusses his wife's new role as the country's top diplomat.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bill Clinton's campaign-year resentment of President Obama is a thing of the past, according to a lengthy profile of the former president in Sunday's New York Times Magazine - but he hasn't quite come to terms with the Kennedy family's decision to back Obama over Hillary Clinton during the primary season.

Clinton reportedly has yet to make his peace with Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Massachusetts senator's niece, Caroline, over their high-profile endorsements of Barack Obama during the primaries.

The Times, also citing unnamed sources, says Clinton harbors hard feelings toward New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who held several posts in the Clinton administration but who chose to endorse Obama instead of Hillary Clinton.

The former president has adjusted to his wife's new role on the international stage. "She used to look forward to me coming home from wherever I've been," Clinton says in the magazine article. "Now I'm afraid I'll be second fiddle to whatever world leader she's just met.

Later, he added: "... We've reversed roles."

Clinton also made clear that his vast network of global contacts and knowledge of world affairs is always available to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "'If she asks, I tell her what I think,'" the former president says in the profile. "And if there's something that's going on that I feel that I have particular knowledge of, I say that.'"

soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. All Judas's get what's coming to them......

    Bill Richardson knifed Hillary in the back and then got his due as he lost his Cabinet position and is now under investigation for embezzlement...

    Alan Specter knifed the Republican party in the back and now he has no seniority and is a flunky for the Dems....he will also lose the primary and be out of politics....

    And now for the Kennedys–they knifed Hillary in the back and look what happened to Ted–his life is just about over--

    People evidently have yet to learn that what goes around, comes around.

    May 28, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Angi's mom

    For me, I supported the candidate that publically denounced the Iraq war from Day 1. I love you, Bill, but holding grudges is ugly.

    May 28, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Yesterday's News

    Gosh, this sounds like two females instead of men. Shrug it off Bill, it's over, done. Shake hands and move on...the rest of the country has.

    Also, the Lion in the Senate, is a national treasure, that's why the Clintons wanted his endorsement so bad. Move on, man, it's over.

    May 28, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. max sewell

    Who gives a damn, what Bill likes or dislikes. The majority of those folks in Wash. DC are liars and low-lifes. We lust need to get a new bunch every 4 years. Especially congress !!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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    May 28, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. pete

    just sour grapes

    May 28, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. FJessup

    Bubba's done. Tell him to get off the stage.

    May 28, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Alan

    The Kennedy's prominent support of Barack Obama had little to do with Hillary and a lot to do with the Bill. Along with his many accomplishments as President, there were glaring promises that were not kept. It all boils down to trust.

    May 28, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Bea

    Clinton saved Kennedy's bacon when Mitt Romney went after his senate seat in 1994. The Kennedys and Clintons were close enough at one time that Chelsea considered Caroline to be almost an older sister.

    Clinton regarded Richardson as a personal friend. He turned out to be a backstabbing weasel who lied to Clinton's face.

    The result? Fate is taking care of Teddy, Caroline did not get Hillary's NY senate seat and Richardson didn't become Secretary of State, nor even Secretary of Commerce.

    What goes around, comes around.

    Like Truman reportedly said, if you want a friend in Washington get a dog.

    May 28, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Dan

    His "vast knowledge" of international affairs brought about 9/11. Yeah, I said it. I know that no liberal wants to assess blame on that one, because they know where the fingers go. World Trade Center bombing #1, Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, Embassy bombings in Kenya, USS Cole bombing, etc. All of these things happened in a greater and greater escalation during his administration, and he never did a thing except to bomb empty tents. The government of Sudan was SCREAMING that they would deliver him Osama bin Laden in Khartoum International Airport where the FBI could take custody of him, and he refused, citing their terrorist links. Am I terrified about the ramifications of another Clinton influencing policy? Yes, most certainly.

    May 28, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Dean

    It's a pretty predictable reaction from someone who's based their life on quid pro quo. The Clinton ego has a lot to do with it as well.

    It's amazing, no matter what was thrown at Bill during his presidency he was able to deal with it seemingly with ease. He appeared indomitable.

    How ironic, as a background player he's his own worst enemy. Maybe he needed to retain his presidential advisors in his post presidential private life.

    It's obvious he needs someone to coach him when dealing with the media.

    May 28, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. HANCOCK

    Why wouldn't the President who enjoyed the Kennedy support be angry?

    We now know that the Senator and his niece were positioning her to run for a Senate seat – lo and behold! the voters expected more than just the name Kennedy. There had to be substance!

    May 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Kitty

    Well President Clinton has every right to be mad!! His wife was screwed out of the presidency!!

    Oh well Barry is a "one term" president!!

    May 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. A Proud Arrogant American

    This American has a grudge for Bill Clinton lieing to the American People!

    May 28, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Nat Turner

    Boo-hoo, Billy! Get over it. You are no longer significant, probably not even to HIllary. I suggest you take up a hobby. What about fly fishing? I doubt that the Kennedys spend too many sleepless nights wondering about how you feel about them.

    May 28, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. JFK

    Patty said:

    "Can this man ever shut his mouth? This is why Hilary was never nominated….he just can't shut up. If he had left his wife alone, she'd be president. He should never say that he will voice his opionions, the nation will wonder if it's Bill or Hillary that is Sect of State…"

    Seriously Patty? He was our President for 8 years. Do you really think the press wont report on him any more? He has a right to express his opinion just like you get to on here. And if the press is listening, then they report it. Thankfully with your attitude, we dont have to hear from you too often!

    May 28, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. joco, NH

    I learned to love Bill Clinton. I would never deny that he did a stupid thing by involving himself with that girl – but, he did so many great things as well. He clearly has a big ego and still has a mind that wants to do things. However, he married a woman who is fabulous as well and she deserves this time where she has been able to demonstrate what a great diplomatic skills she has to offer the world. We are so lucky to have her.
    So, Bill......if you are reading...... get over it, move on, let your wife make her mark and don't let anyone think you might be a bitter pill. You're better history than that.

    May 28, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. John

    Who cares. Besides what can you ever believe from a convicted perjurer?

    May 28, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. ronie patrick

    Listen, get a real life Bill. You wanted your wife to become President so that you would have a third term. I know how you think my friend for you were President for eight years and trust me we all knew how much you liked the power and pleasure and you know just what I am saying. People do what they feel is best for them and Obama was best for their needs so they voted for him. Get over yourself and enjoy your later years.

    May 28, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. Sally

    Oh Bill, you are SO right. Those so called friends are wolves in sheep's clothing. Next election, BO and MO will be history. History because he became the first "coloured" not "Black" president. He will not win a second term, people ALMOST learned their lesson from Dubya. Hillary is the most qualified to run the country. She has her vast knowledge and the unwavering support of you. And what you would add to President Clinton part 2, would make this world a safer place. Let Mo plant her veggies and flex her muscles, let Bo talk a lot, but say nothing. The Bo & Mo show (aka The Cosby Show circa 2009) is on the road now, but it will be cancelled in the 2012 season. No more Bo & Mo episodes.

    May 28, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Joyce Becker

    Get over it Bill, the support of the Kennedy's or Richardson would not have helped Hillary win the election. She lost as was very gracious about that and now has a splendid position in the Obama administration. doesn't look like she is holding any grudges, so get with the program Bill.

    May 28, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Traci

    blah blah blah cry me a river. Spoiled brat who did not get back into the White House.

    May 28, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Keith in CA

    The Kennedys - along with the majority of Democrats - voted their conscience. Bill needs to get over it.

    May 28, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I agree, Kennedy's were front and centre at every opportunity to persuade pu blic on Obama. Hillary shoulda otherwise won.

    Also, Who else besides sotomayor -look again. I'd consider another venue for former AZ gov Napolitano and she would likely be good choice as I think she flunked current position, talked a lot, wasn't particularly good gov. but has loads of legal training.

    May 28, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Lois

    I am an African-American that fully appreciated the prosperity that this country had under President Clinton. I chuckle at some of the immaturity conveyed here ...it is obvious politics are viewed as a sport by some... But a few words to you that do, Bill is still on the American team! He's a good American...he cares about the American Dream and will do anything to ensure that all Americans have life...liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He is a man with flaws... And a few words to all the water walkers...there are no perfect people...most of us have lied...cheated...betrayed..deceived...and stoled...a pen from the office...didn't feed the meter...ate a grape in the supermarket...flirted while married...at one time in our lives...so lets not cast any stones.

    May 28, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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