April 13th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton breaks silence on 'bitter' controversy


Watch former President Clinton Sunday in Bloomsbury, Pennsylvania.

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton finally spoke up Sunday about the controversy swirling around Sen. Barack Obama’s recent comments after being uncharacteristically silent just a day before.

“Folks, I was shaking hands and taking a few pictures backstage. This fellow looked at me and he said, ‘I just want you to know, the people you’re about to see are not bitter. They’re proud,’” Bill Clinton said at a campaign event for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

The former president also took the opportunity to respond to Obama’s assertions that small town America was not made better off economically during the eight years of the Clinton administration.

“Do you agree with that?,” he asked.

“No,” the crowd shouted in response.

“I just thought I’d get a few witnesses here. You know, I’m a Baptist. On Sunday, we look for witnesses,” replied Clinton.

–CNN's Steve Brusk and Martina Stewart

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I'm bitter.

    April 13, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Selam -- DC

    Clinton's just need to come up with something better (like his policies) to say in stead of picking/using one single word from Sn. Obama's speechs.

    Obama '08

    April 13, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. kim

    I don't believe nonething you say Bill!

    April 13, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Sue

    God will never forgive you and your lies. Go Away

    April 13, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Kris from AZ

    Come Nov. Dems unite on who ever is out picked nominee. CHANGE MEANS EVERYTHING! Wonder what else other then the kitchen sink Clintons plan on throwing. People are smarter then that Clintons.

    April 13, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. DemocracyNow2008

    Bill is a Phoney and Americans will not be fooled by his comments against Obama.

    April 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. DM. Arlington Texas

    Your Right Bill!!!!!!

    He was happy you signed the NAFTA and paid Companies to take his job away and move them over seas.

    Your Right he was not Bitter he was elated!!!!!!

    Bill put the Blame where it need to be...

    April 13, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    To think that I voted for this opportunistic jerk twice?

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    April 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    All I know is the Lord hates a lying tongue.

    April 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Luci Lui

    He flaunts his Christian faith here but he had broken just about every one of the 10 Commandments.

    Read Carl Bernstein's blog about what a Clinton presidency would look like. Not pretty.

    April 13, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. Joanne

    All I know is the Lord hates a lying tongue.

    April 13, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. IM

    Monica would be a great witness. How about we ask her for her account? Bill is a baptist for two services a year. And a player the rest of the time. Bill shut your trap please, America has Clinton fatigue.

    April 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. law

    You go Bill!!!

    April 13, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. The Oracle

    Lol. Yea, like we need Ol' Billy Boy lecturing us on going to church. Infidelity anyone??

    April 13, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Where's a Bosnian sniper when we need one?

    April 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. David

    Yeah, And "I didn't have sex with that woman..." GO AWAY, YOU HYPOCRITE. And countries pay you all that money JUST because you gave a speech, or introduced them to a third party, Yeah Right!!!

    April 13, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Mary

    Enough of the Clinton's and the Bushes, what a disaster for this country. Hillary Clinton is as fakey as they come. And her husband is a philanderer, and we all know he does not believe in his marriage vows except as they advance his political career, or his wifes.

    April 13, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. alice2

    The Clinton spree is OVER. We are closing that book. We are moving on, WITHOUT CLINTONS. CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.
    BARACK OBAMA 08. I LOVE IT.!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. ChrisD

    Awesome!!! BHO go home.

    April 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Prould to be an American

    Mr. Clinton, I have alot of respect to you, but keep running your wife's campaign this way won't do any good. People are bitter over the facts that we are in a critical time of history and no one is listening to us, that what we are bitter about, those people who told you they are not bitter are already decided to vote for Hillary. I guess you are not bitter too, since you have earned 109 millions dollars, win or lose, you guys are doing just fine, unlike the rest of us~~~

    April 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. GrannyRyan53

    So??? CNN, this is not news, neither is this "so-called controversy," Do you have to be so obvious in your adoration of the Clintons by printing this kind of fluff piece???

    April 13, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    This whole "bitter" controversy is weak at best.....Can't believe the word "bitter" has made it onto the PC list now....ugh. What the heck are the Dems doing to society?

    April 13, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Just what we need....more Bill.

    April 13, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. Mark

    Do you really need to go that down, Bill?

    April 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Benita

    Bill Clinton talks about being baptist. Is this the same baptist person that had sexual contact with monica at the white house, with his wife at home. Shame on you Bill
    Obama "08"

    April 13, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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