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. Ellie Hawking

    I can't stand the Kennedy's either, but who gives a craP what Bill likes?

    May 28, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    Bill, it's politics, you have to kiss up to the winner. Hillary was not winning Obama was and isn't that all that matters in politics?

    May 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Judy Jordan

    Get over yourself, Bill! How could you, of all people, hold anyone accountable for anything??? Did you not think all the American people weren't sauvy enough to see the red flag waving when all the Democrats snuggled up to Obama but felt they 1st had to voice how much they loved & appreciated "The Clintons" ??? Nobody wanted another 8 years with the embarrassing Bill Clinton ~ whether Bill was the President or the First Gentleman! You single-handedly got Hilary rejected from any hope of a future in the White House.

    May 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Hopeful Optimist

    He'll get over it in time. And I am quite certain that he'd support either of the Kennedys or Bill Richardson over ANY Repub if it came to that. Repubs have shown they cannot be trusted with the nation's wellbeing in the balance - too selfish and self-absorbed.

    May 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Brendolyn

    Billy has no right to be holding a grudge against the Kennedys just because they refused to kiss his or his wife's butts. They put their support behind the candidate they felt was best for the job. Agree with them or not, it is still their constitutional right to do so. Billy needs to put his big boy pants on (assuming they're not already around his ankles) and get over himself. Being petty and acting like a surly toddler is not flattering.

    May 28, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. Susie

    Tell me did you really expect any different from the likes of Ted Kennedy. The guy who left a girl pregant in the car to drown. The idea that people still vote ths murderer in office says volumes about the character of people who think he should still make decisions for this country.
    I agree with Bill they sold Hillary out and they should have known they would do that...if good ole Teddy doesn't have a conscience on saving a life what makes you think he has any loyalty to anyone but himself and his crooked family.

    May 28, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Susie

    Oh I forgot I am a Republican and I would have voted for Hillary...

    May 28, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. michael

    i absolutely hate media propoganda... after reading the post you realize he is not holding a grudge... but i hate how news articles try to tell you what to believe... a proper title would have been something like "Are there any ill feeling between the Clintons and Kennedys?" where did they get the license to suggest a grudge so blatantly...

    May 28, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Carrie

    I don't see the point of this story other than to create controversy where none is present. Just tell these "unnamed sources" to get a life and stop gossiping. It's pathetic.

    May 28, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. fools, fooled by obama

    All of American should do the same thing.

    May 28, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. JLT, TX

    For those of you who are angry with Bill Richardson and Ted Kennedy for disloyalty in endorsing Obama instead of Hillary Clinton – they chose the person THEY thought would be best for the job. They have to follow their conscience. Would you endorse your tattooed, beer drinking, racist brother-in-law with a sixth grade education for some high position out of loyalty? (I'm not even hinting that Hillary is any of those. She is an educated, very intelligent lady.) One should always go with the one they think is the most qualified rather than someone they feel they should be loyal to.

    May 28, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Gary

    The media needs to learn to report facts instead of bias news. The media wanted Obama to win and were willing to unfairly tarnish Bill Clinton's reputation to torpedo Hillary's run for president. The media (including CNN) got their man elected president. I wouldn't blame Bill for being a little bitter yet. Maybe if they apologized to him he might come around a bit more.

    May 28, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. KimW

    I don't blame him. His was the best administration of our lifetimes. Including the rightwingers who supported their despicable Republican parties smears, baseless and endless taxpayer funded investigations and including their leftwing fringe mirror who are never happy either.

    For regular people, working people, smart people, we don't blame Clinton for being angry. His wife would have been a much better suited EXPERIENCED President for the mess and hardtimes we are in – all of it a direct result of the reckless Bush administration and their pandering to the richest of the rich while throwing a few bones to the radical right culture-war fringes.

    She also would have had the respect, if not the love, from the Republican party in Congress as she actually, you know, worked hard in the Senate instead of just hanging her hate and preparing to run for President the moment she arrived.

    Bill has every right to be angry with turn-coat do-nothing opportunists like Richardson and mealie Caroline Kennedy who really ought to be a Republican given her near bottomless supply of self-entitlement.

    May 28, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. NickS

    Why is it to CNN come out every few days saying that Clinton holds a grudge. Don't they have better things to do than this.

    They could be allowing us to post comments on what the former vp is doing or saying. Is CNN afraid of our comments.

    May 28, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. lkb

    Please Hillary, don't take advice from a man who lied underoath to Congress and the american people and a man one vote away from impeachment! His presidency was just alot of smooth talking BS!

    May 28, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Oxycon

    So many Democrats stabbed the Clintons in the back for that flash in the pan celebrity Obama and now America is paying the price for it. Obama is in way over his head and it shows. Soon all the mistakes he is now making will cause our demise.

    May 28, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. Ted, Washington DC

    Good for you Bill. Imagine going to war with these guys and expect them to protect your back. That is what you get from a fiendship with the left. They have no principles and flow with the politiacal winds

    May 28, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  18. JonDie

    Bill Clinton's arrogance is exactly why his presidency went down in flames and led to eight years of Bush. Ted Kennedy's going to die, probably in the near future; Clinton should give his petty egotistial selfishness a rest.

    May 28, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Proud American

    Grow up Bill or find another girl friend.... People are still allowed to make their own decisions. No on owes you anything just because they worked for you. Your still a man held in high esteem, let's keep it that way.

    May 28, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. nat turner

    Better put some ice on that .

    May 28, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. dibick99

    bill -get over it.

    May 28, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. dibick99

    to leslie – joseph kennedy, teddy's daddy, was worse than a bootlegger. he was a diplomat to the court of st. james, an anti-semite of the first order, and pro-nazi.

    May 28, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. foscoehounddog

    Well. it clearly depends on what your definition of "IS" "IS."

    Bill, you could have done so much more with your two terms as the most powerful politician in the world, if you'd held your tongue and your wiener, maybe Gore would have carried his home state, FL votes irrelevant and we wouldn't be dealing with a global depression and an unwinable world war.

    My definition of "IS" IS that you really screwed up, around every corner.

    We "IS" messed up and you "IS" slamming the Kennedy's.

    When "IS" you going to grow up?

    May 29, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. holeinone

    first of all, there are no quotes from clnton about "harboring hard feelingS" towards richardson. Richardson held out until late, i think he made clear he just wanted a job in any administration after he pulled out of his own campgain.

    everyone else is jealous of the clintons!

    May 29, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Former President: Let you wfe do a great job. You are a smart guy – however, as much as you are campaigning for her now, I will never forget the big heat and distraction that you created for all of us who were counting on you. As a professional woman, I abhore what you drew attention to at our White House. I am not able to understand why Hillary stayed with you,. Nice brains are a wonderful thing... However, they are in abundance – and many people of those great brains do not hurt people in the most inner-circle of all...that would be the spouse and a child. I really do not care about the rest that you "may " have done, at all.

    Please let your Hillary do her thing, now. She was the best to start with.

    May 29, 2009 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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