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

Bill Clinton lashes out at Vanity Fair reporter

Bill Clinton is not happy with the way a new magazine article portrays him.

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. Amy

    I don't doubt that the former president is up to his old tricks, but I read the article and thought it was a waste of my time, just suspicions with no real substance. What has bothered me this whole campaign was Clinton's "outrage" over his wife's treatment, when he himself has never shown her an ounce of respect. No one has put her through the wringer like her husband!

    June 3, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Kenneth M


    June 3, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Dave

    Why does Obama get blame for everything wrong with the Clintons???
    He has nothing to do w/ Bill and the ladies.

    June 3, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Maria

    He's really become the champion of shooting himself in the foot. He may well have a valid point about the article or the reporter, but then lashing out at the media as a whole and for pete's sake BLAMING Obama reads like pure sour grapes and paranoid delusions. What a blowhard.

    June 3, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Matt in Cleveland

    how is obama involved in any of this??

    reckless to throw out his name as a way to deflect this story

    another shameful clinton move

    June 3, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Wait a tic, Bill... so the same guy who propagated all those lies about Whitewater is also in the tank for Obama?

    William Jefferson Clinton has shown himself, throughout the course of this campaign, to be both the most egomaniacal ex-president since Teddy Roosevelt and the most ill-spoken ex-president... well, ever.

    June 3, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Bill should've kept his hands to himself!!

    If Bill would've kept his hands to himself during his presidency, then this article would have been an obvious joke and a ploy to destroy Hillary.

    But, since Bill couldn't stop misbehaving during his presidency, so now this article could have some real truth to it.

    This man has tarnished and overshadowed his wife's intelligence, credibiltiy and chances of becoming our country's first woman president.

    June 3, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. wwf

    What this article by cnn does not say, is that Bill stated the Obama was behind it. Is the article stupid? Yes. Do I agree with Bill blowing his top? Yes. Blamming Obama? Bill is as stupid as the reporter.

    June 3, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Paul, FL

    Bill..it's not the media's fault you were part of the worst presidential campaign in decades!!

    You cant blame news coverage for your $20 million debt!!
    Or for your naive approach to this campaign-thinking it would be "wrapped up by super tuesday"

    The fact is, your beloved wife had some opposition!! And that opposition showed far better judgement..ran an outstanding campaign..and you simply cannot believe it!!

    June 3, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Dan Carter

    Hey. If Purdom is writing lies about anyone, he is indeed a scumbag.

    Actually, I don't like the Clintons at all. But slimy guys who propagate lies about people are indeed scumbags, and should be barred from writing for what once was (prior to this) a reputable publication.

    No need to apologize, campaign managers! Please sign-up for stem cell therapy... perhaps you can grow a backbone.

    June 3, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Patty Don't

    If Purdum is a slimy scumbag for putting forth common rumblings about Mr. ExPresident's escapades, then what is Mr. ExPresident for lying under oath to the entire country on national television?

    Slimy scumbag you say? never...

    June 3, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. tidho

    Last line...
    "He's just a dishonest guy — can't help it."

    Which one are we talking about again?, lol.

    June 3, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Debbie

    Nothing doubted!

    June 3, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Zoe

    The best ever President who cares what they say another moron !!
    people are free in thier personal life
    we wish we can bring him back

    June 3, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Joel King

    Boy, he gets mad when people reveal the truth!

    June 3, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. steven j stevens

    the artical shows the imprint of scaife all over it..and a definate hatchet job in order have obama win the primary...they know that obam cannot win the presidential election ....so they must trash the clintons to insure that hillary is not the opponent of maccain.....

    June 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Go Michigan!!!

    You have to give Senator Clinton credit. How was she able to keep the results so close with those constant attack ads. Impeachment. White Water. Travel Gate. Foster Gate. Heathcare Debacle. Loss of house, senate and governatorial seats. Monica. Bosnia lies. Real estate scandals.

    Oh, that's right. Senator Obama didn't use these attacks.

    June 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    the clintons the clintons they are angry because the media has not given them the attention they are entitled to........... only cnn can do that..
    Sunday all articles were about the clintons..
    so go to PR and be queen and king and
    stay with CNN your clinton national news network royal news

    they are angry because they lost what they "feel " are entitled to have..
    they are trying to portray themselves as victims because people will feel sorry for them

    I am sick of the clintons, time to move on................

    just elect someone else but the clintons

    June 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Oregon here

    Maybe it would of been better had he said no comment

    June 3, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Rich

    whats the big deal, CLINTON is THE scumbag...

    June 3, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Ruined his wife!!

    Bill's past behavior during his presidency is the main reason Hillary is about to lose. This article would have been an obvious lie, if Bill kept his hands to himself during his run.

    Hillary Clinton's past achievements and any accomplishes she has made have been overshadowed by this man's misconduct.

    June 3, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. ClintonSpinsHerDonors

    Bill is losing it. He needs to check with his doctor if the surgery he had afftected his mind.

    June 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. Gianni

    Regardless of Bill´s shortcomings,and with that I mean the scandals and the ungracious ways he behaved during this campaign,he remains the greatest president in the last 108 years.

    June 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Nicole Sedar

    The Clintons are both officially insane.

    June 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Dave in TX

    Working toward unity by blaming Obama for the article i suppose?
    way to go Bill (you idiot!)

    June 3, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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