June 3rd, 2008
08:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Bill Clinton lashes out at Vanity Fair reporter

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/art.billvf.ap.jpg caption="Bill Clinton is not happy with the way a new magazine article portrays him."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign Monday apologized for "inappropriate" language used by her husband in response to a Vanity Fair article that quoted anonymous sources questioning the former president's behavior since leaving the White House. (Listen to Clinton's comments Monday.)

The article, by the magazine's national editor Todd Purdum, suggested that Bill Clinton's personality had changed since his 2004 heart bypass surgery and said that there were reports of Clinton "seeing a lot of women on the road."

Purdum quoted four former Clinton aides saying that another of his former assistants had conducted "what one of these aides called an intervention" about the reports of philandering.

A writer for the Huffington Post, Mayhill Fowler, asked Clinton on Monday what he thought "about that hatchet job somebody did on you in Vanity Fair," according to a recording of the exchange posted on the Huffington Post's Web site.

"(He's) sleazy," Clinton responded. "He's a really dishonest reporter." (Earlier: Journalist defends article slamming Bill Clinton)

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  1. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Why apologize for telling the TRUTH!


    June 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. wdc

    The only thing sleazy is the way Bill Clinton acts. The only person that lie better than he is his wife.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. politics as usual

    First, read the article Bob Dole.

    Second, why apologize? If the reporter is a scumbag, call him a scumbag and stand behind it. If it's true, shut up or change your ways.

    June 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. conservatives win again :)

    I truely hope evey Hillary supporter doesn't just give in this easy. He stole the election from her because she is a woman. You must write her in when you vote for president!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Bill blows it again

    Bill Clinton has had so many opportunities for good and he continually blows them. Maybe our country would have been safer and less susceptible to a moron like George W. Bush taking office if Bill Clinton hadn't been distracted by interns and fighting impeachment at the end of his second term.
    I'd hate to see the trouble Bill could get into if he was back in the White House without a job to keep him busy some of the time!

    June 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Sir William

    It took a long time for the American public, and the voting public to realize that the marriage of William Jefferson Clinton to Hilary Rodham, was nothing more than a relationship of convience. One that the whole of the world, has now seen,,,, will stop at nothing to realize their mutally planned goals.

    His philandering is a now well established fact in political lore, and in National history, with his "impeachment" over sexual conduct with an intern, within the White House. The point is,,,,,, that no matter how you paint it, spin it,,,, or "misspeak" of it..... His conduct of record, will stand for all of history,,,,, Get over it Mr. "Ex" President,,,,, This reporter is just reiterating what he has "again" been told by his Constitutionally guarranteed rights to discuss with "sources" items of interest, that he does not have to divulge as to the quoter,,,, but can print as such....... First Amendment ring a bell,,,,,, Mr. President,,,, and all of your wifes,,,, political machine.......

    June 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. carmen

    What a shame, Bill should have been muzzled a long time ago on this campaign. How many times can she apologize for him without it saying something about her?

    June 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. D.J. Siverling

    Everyone learned exactly who Bill is while he was President. No one expects him to change his spots. Hillary gets what she needs from him and they will remain "The Clintons" as long as they continue to meet each other's needs. Barrack will most likely be our next President, so who cares what Bill does while on the campaign trail? Too bad more American citizens don't count high moral standards as part of their criteria for selecting a President. If the citizens cared and judged based on good character maybe both parties would have run a candidate with outstanding qualities but as it stands neither party is getting a person who can be counted on to stand up for what is right. America is getting exactly what they wanted – a President who will say anything to appease the voters but when elected will do nothing to stop the moral decline of a once great nation. God grant mercy on us.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Smart Hillary, Copycat Obama

    The Country will go down if Obama becomes president!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. J Moses

    Heart surgery, heart attacks, and such can affect a person's personality. I've seen it happen. What I don't see is how chasing women and being hot tempered represents a change in Bill. Hasn't he always been this way? And how on earth is this news-worthy anyway?

    June 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Inadequate Black Male

    It totally blows me away that anyone would ever attempt to make an argument that Barack Obama had an advantage over Hillary Clinton because he's a black man.
    Quite frankly, I'm getting annoyed at that notion.
    Being black in the United States is a burden. Being black in the United States means that you have to overcome stereotypes, fear, anxiety and ignorance just to get a hello.

    No one will discount the trials of being a female in this society. Again, there are burdens that women have to bear.
    Fairly acknowledged.
    But please. Please stop it already with the "if he wasn't black he wouldn't have the nomination" argument.
    Every time I hear it or read it, it speaks loudly to the vast ignorance that people unfamiliar with the black experience have towards black people.
    It's a sad commentary on the country we live in where such ignorage gets credence.

    June 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Kevin in St Louis

    The Clinton News Network (CNN) mysteriously fails to report Bill's personal attacks on Obama. It's news when a visiting priest in at Trinity inappropriately makes fun of Hillary. It's not news when Bill viciously attacks Obama. Another big day of 'fair and balanced' reporting at CNN.

    June 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Ernest

    Player! Player! You have defiled White House and you have lost your respect among black folks and the world by your speech and intentions. The evil that men do lives after them.

    June 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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