September 4th, 2007
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Oprah: What do I call Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton looked on as Oprah Winfrey prepared to give a speech in 2006. The former President appeared on Winfrey's talk show Tuesday.

(CNN) – Former president Bill Clinton appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday to promote his new book, “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.”

When Winfrey introduced Clinton, she admitted she didn’t quite know how to address the former president.

“When you call, I don’t know what to say. Your Highness, sir, thank you, Mr. Former President. Mr. President. Mr. Clinton,” she said. “Could you tell I was all verklempt about it?”

Winfrey then asked Clinton what he wants to be called if his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, becomes president.

Clinton replied, “My Scottish friends say I should be called ‘First Laddie’ because it’s the closest thing to ‘First Lady.’”

The former president also told Winfrey that he does play a role in his wife’s presidential campaign, but “not in an organized way.”

“If she’s writing an important article or giving an important speech, she’ll ask me to read it. Particularly if it’s something I know a lot about,” he added.

- CNN Political Ticker Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Seems Oprah has decided to become a vocal activist as opposed to a talk-show host. She was verklempt over Clinton?

    If Hillary were to become President, Bill would be the First Adulterer.

    September 4, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Under no circumstances should Hillary Clinton be elected President simply because her husband is Bill Clinton.

    Bill Clinton was a good president. His existence and support of Hillary does NOT mean that Hillary Clinton will be a good president.

    Bill Clinton is barred by law from having any cabinet position. He cannot legally advise Hillary in office.

    I'll put it more bluntly. Should she actually be the frontrunner simply because her last name is Clinton?

    Were the 1990's a time of unity? No. They were a time of political strife. Those times didn't start with George Bush.

    We so desperately need a fresh turn of the page. We need someone in office that represents a new start and a new hope for our weary nation.

    We very badly need Barack Obama in charge of this country. He has the intelligence, the charisma, and the street smarts to actually get elected and to actually bring our divided nation back together.

    It's amazing that he's been doing so well and no one has even been paying attention to the race yet. Wait until more people actually start listening to him speak, listening to his ideas, YES REAL IDEAS for the future of this nation.

    There's a reason that Oprah supports Obama. It is not because he is black, not because he is young, not because he is new.

    It is because he is the best candidate. She supports him because he is the kind of visionary leader that can actually bring a fractured nation back together again.

    Obama 08

    Please, for the sake of your future, for the future of your families, take a look at Obama. Listen to him. Find out his positions. The more you know, the less suceptible to Clinton's star power you will be.

    September 4, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Joe, Florida

    The Clintons and Obama in the White House. Now tell me, how better than that can it get? Democrat or Republican you have to admit this would be the most incredible combination ever.

    Imagine what Bill Clinton can do as the First Husband (or First Man or First Gentleman or First Laddie for that matter) (Sounds weird but it just takes getting used to). He would be the most influential and powerful spouse to a US president to date. He wouldn't take the boring/poster/only-for-looks position that first ladies usually take, playing with balloons Easter bunnies from a White House balcony. He would go out there and try to bring change to this country and to this world. He would help his wife and President in a way that no other First Spouse has never been able to do before. Next bring in Barack Obama as Vice President. We would have the best administration ever to be conceived. It would mean 3 good, smart people running this country.

    By the way "First Laddie" that's pretty funny and original. It's really funny.

    September 4, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How to remember her: HRC IS DUI




    September 4, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    You can be sure that Bill has his "First Lady" picked out to service him in the oval office. It's unfortunate for Bill that Hillary will never be elected, however.

    September 4, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    fascinating as usual, keep up the good work.

    September 4, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Xavier San Jose, CA

    Gosh he's going to be HUGE for her, even more than he is already.. if she gets in, he's gonna be hushed.

    September 4, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    Oprah: What do I call Bill Clinton?

    Maybe "Adulterous former President"?

    September 4, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Mark, Princeton, NJ

    I wish I had her problems.

    September 4, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. coast-man Lakewood, OH

    President Clinton has a good legacy, but it's time to give someone else a chance.

    I hope that Senator Obama wins the nomination because he reminds me of Bill Clinton in 1992, a fresh young face who connected with voters and fought off charges of being inexperienced.

    Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will win in November- no doubt about it!

    September 4, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. John St. Louis, MO

    How about "Crook?" That's what they call him around here...

    September 4, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Ricky, Orlando FL

    Haha, Bill should be the first gentlemen of the United States

    September 4, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    If Senator Clinton becomes President it will for no reason other than the fact that her last name is Clinton. However, she is a very qualified candidate. If she is nominated, she has my vote. I feel she would be a far more effective President than George Bush ever was.....

    September 4, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Lee Paul Columbus Ohio

    If you stop and think about it, Bill would be called First Gentleman and
    Clintons and Obama in the White House that would be a dream come true

    September 4, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Rick, Chicago Illinois


    Hypocrite much?

    "Maybe "Adulterous former President"?"

    Good thing representatives of your conservative morals party of "family values" isn't cruising for homosexual sex in airport bathrooms?

    Oh wait, they are!

    Good thing your evangelical president didn't start a war of choice based on an "imminent threat" from WMDs that Saddam didn't have – resulting in 3,800 dead troops and 75,000 dead Iraqis eh?

    Oh wait, he did!

    Something tells me Dubya is gonna wish like hell (pun intended) he was Bill Clinton when he comes upon those pearly gates!

    Instead of letting "he among you who is without sin cast the first stone", looks like you guys might want to just stone YOURSELVES and be done with it.

    September 4, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Steven, Chicago, IL

    So, lets see...the article is about Clinton's appearance on Oprah, and somehow the Republicans among us manage to turn the comments page into a political bash? Give me a break.

    It wasn't Clinton who blew off our allies, wasted international sympathy, and manufactured the whole "America is at risk from Iraq's WMDs" story...all for the purpose of a poorly-planned and short-sighted invasion of a foreign power that he and others in his administration had tabbed as a likely candidate for a pro-American regime change, in the process further destabilizing an already volatile region and bolstering Al Queda's political currency by providing them with exactly the kind of American imperialistic act that Al Queda had claimed for years threatened the Middle East.

    Its not Clinton who should be bashed on this board, folks. I'll take his philandering over the garbage this president is dealing, any day of the week.

    September 4, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Brandon - Nashville, TN

    We should be over the adulterous jokes – it is very very old. After the Bush family, how could you even think to disrespect or feel any negativity towards the Clintons? We have seen the worst – Clinton or Obama, either way we will be in better shape.

    September 4, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. J Rhinehart, South Carolina

    The first time I saw Bill Clinton with George H.W. Bush, I was really surprised. But after I saw them talking together, I realized they both have the same persona. They're both likable people. And Bill has made a life for himself, a good one it sounds like. He's positive. But then he always was.

    Clinton's in the White House again. I can just imagine the multitude of headlines week after week. And the extreme negativity from the conservatives. I actually feel sorry for any President. They need a really good sense of humor to see the good side of everything.

    I don't like this adversarial system we have.

    September 4, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Ozzi

    Vote Bill Richardson.

    September 4, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Ozzi, Warsaw, VA

    Uh, verklempt?

    September 4, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    there is only one thing to say about these republican bloggers, sick, sick, sick, sorry thats 3 things.

    September 4, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Adam Maryville, MO

    Who cares if he cheated on his wife; the most important person forgave him, and that was his wife. His actions are not the business of anyone outside of the name of Clinton. The political strife you speak of brought one of the greatest economic growth periods in our nation's history. I would welcome his role as first-man. I doubt we will get to see it, but it would be fun to watch how this situation will develop.

    September 4, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. James Chirico, Brooklyn, NY

    Hard Republicans will come out in droves against Hillary. Many in the middle do not trust her. The middle is disgusted with both houses of congress now controlled by the democrats. I believe the continued apathy of congress will lead to a Republican winning the presidency.

    September 4, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. J Houston, TX

    The Clintons and Obama in the White House. Now tell me, how better than that can it get? Democrat or Republican you have to admit this would be the most incredible combination ever.

    What? NO! As an objective non-party affiliated individual, no thank you to the Clintons. We need less political games in Washington. Obama would win the presidential election HANDS DOWN but Democrats are going to throw it away because the Clintons are a classic example of how we did everything wrong during the 90s and slowly became a laughing stock rather than a respected nation.

    Bill Clinton's legacy is NAFTA...and it ruined the US economy more than any act in the past 30 years. Wake-up and learn about your history before you elect officials to make the same mistakes all over again.

    September 4, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Sharon, Portola, CA

    IM4ULORD and a few others, if the Lord held your sins over your own heads the way you hold Bill Clinton's over his, then you'd be headed straight for hell.

    Get over it. Bill diddled a consenting adult who was not his wife. His wife has forgiven him, and he asked God to forgive him, so the Lord's done that as well.

    What makes you think you're better than God, to keep bringing up the past over and over and over again, ad nauseum?

    Try finding something original to say, something that's honest, appropriate to the present, edifying, and rational.

    September 4, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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