August 27th, 2008
09:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Amy Holmes: It's personal for Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

Bill Clinton, not known for his self control, is still not over it.

It's been reported that he still resents the suggestion from Obama supporters that he played the race card during the rough and tumble Democratic primary. Perhaps that explains why, last week, he applauded John McCain's energy plan. Yesterday, Bill Clinton seemed to imply that voters could be forgiven for voting for a candidate they only agreed with fifty percent of the time, if they believed he was the candidate who could get things done. Could he have meant John McCain?

And now there are reports that Clinton, Bill that is, plans on skipping Obama's historic speech tomorrow at Invesco Field.

Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech tonight. That's not in question. It's what he's grumbling to his inner circle and coyly suggesting in unscripted remarks that's causing headaches - not to mention what can only be considered a Clinton-sized snub tomorrow night.

But is it all Clinton's fault? Barack Obama has not been exactly gracious about his predecessor's political accomplishments. Indeed, he told the Rena Gazette-Journal:

"I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not."

In one line, Obama managed to diminish Clinton's genuine political accomplishments and compare him to perhaps the most hated figure in the Democratic Party - behind George W. Bush.

Tonight, Clinton was gracious. As for the next two months? Well, Hillary had a hard time keeping him on a leash, most recently when she was running for the Democratic nomination. Between Joe Biden and Bill Clinton's penchants for off the cuff remarks and off the grid observations, the Obama campaign will be challenged to keep these two political heavy weights off of the front page. As a political junkie and a conservative, I hope they don't.

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Emiel

    OK this seals the deal. I am removing the ticker from my newsfeeds, I really can't consider CNN a fair and balanced network anymore. As soon as you quit making up these stories (to keep the race close I guess) I may tune in again. Or not.

    August 27, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. RWT

    Why did Barack Obama slam Bill Clinton? Guess who said this on Dec. 3, 2007: "So you decide which makes more sense: Entrust our country to someone who is ready on Day One ... or to put America in the hands of someone with little national or international experience, who started running for president the day he arrived in the U.S. Senate."

    Yep. You guessed correctly. Those were Hillary's words.

    August 27, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Sandy

    President Bill Clinton is an amazing leader. Every Obama supporter should be happy with President Clinton's speech. He inspires and reaches out to all of the Senator Hillary Clinton voters encouraging them to help elect Senator Barack Obama. What more could he have said tonight? "The power of our example has always been more impressive than the example of our power."

    August 27, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. diduwatch

    Did you watch the convention? Bill hit it out the park and Obama needs to act like he knows who the man is...Bill's still the man and has a swag Obama wishes he had. Obama needs to respect his elders..

    August 27, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. robin kelly

    Yes, Bill does have an impressive record. Of wagging his finger in the face of 300 million people and lying.

    I love that the democrats parade out the only president to be impeached as if some hero. Says something about their integrity, don't you think?

    August 27, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I wonder how Clinton kept the gag reflex under control when he said Obama was ready to lead.

    August 27, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. JohnDoug

    Just the fact that people are obsessing over the Obama/Clinton relationship (especially conservatives) says a lot about the strength of Democrats this year. By comparison, the Republican convention promises to be a total snooze fest.

    August 27, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. C.B.

    Why do all the token Blacks in The Republican party even show their faces on TV. Amy Holmes is just like JC. Watts, Alan Keys,and Rice. Only Four Black faces will be at the Republican Party next week. Like Spike Lee said, this morning. The Republican will loose in November,and we will see if Amy Holmes be on any TV then. Have Amy Holmes forgot her roots. You still Black,and they will only let so many in the Republican party. Get a life Amy. This Party is Fine.

    August 27, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Nevada dude


    August 27, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Eff Yoo

    lets call this post what it is...garbage. bubba left in 2000 and 2004 before the nominee spoke. non-issue here

    August 27, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Phil

    Why don't you work for Fox News? they are doing a good enough job of partisanship. You need adifferent job.....

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Linda

    The question should be just why do the elite of the DNC think they are right this time? Bill Clinton was their ONLY success in decades. Look at the last three elections. Democrats have lost due to their poor judgement of nominee. This year is no different. When November comes and you have to pull the lever I guarantee it will not be the majority for Obama. Frankly I am sick of the skewed process the DNC is continuing to us to deny each and every American their right to vote for who they think is the best candidate.

    God Bless our Country. Obama is a clone of Bush. Arrogant, untested with a foolish attitude. He even has Bush's swagger and smirk. It is not McBush it IS OBUSHAMA!

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Delise

    What are you talking about. You are putting a negative on a positive. Regardless of what happens tomorrow or what was said before, Bill Clinton showed himself to be a true American tonight. Shame on you Amy Holmes.

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Rob

    Uh oh, it didn't go how I wanted to report it, so I'll just ignore that and pretend I didn't see what I just saw.

    Well, Bill Clinton DID NOT hold back. I'm excited for Obama/Biden in 08.

    So all the idiot pundits (CNN MSNBC FOX...) who have been fear mongering instead of reporting these last two days have egg all over their faces. That is for sure.

    "Oh... she didn't say that he's ready to be Commander in Chief..."
    "Her body language looked blah blah"

    Please, shut up and report what is happening!

    (well thought out editorials and commentary are great after WATCHING and REFLECTION)

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Democrats Unite - Obama/ Biden 08!! Whoop whoop!!! :-)

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    CNN… I love you guys… but just quit!!!



    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Ritas

    Bill is Back!!! The most mesmerizing speech maker in history and to think we now have George W. Bush.
    Obama should kiss the ground that Bill Clinton walks on because that is the only path to an Obama Presidency.

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Crissy

    It is interesting to me how much hate a black (half black) American, like,Amy Holmes, can express for the first black person to ever come close to becoming the President of the United Staes. It would and could never happen in the Republican party. I question your hate for who you are (or half of what you are) that you would work so tirelessly to try and take down such a historic moment.

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Therese

    Get over it! Comments like this belong in the tabloids, not the "most respected news team........" Quit fanning the flames of disunity and start reporting the news, rather than the gossip. Take a cue from the legacy of Walter Cronkite – he was the most respected man in journalism because he earned it. The Clintons love this country. They will do what is needed and required to help Obama rescue this country. Get on board.

    August 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Bill, a lot of democrats will be voting for John McCain. Its ok. Really!

    Its obvious that a Bill and Hillary will be voting for John when they go into the voting booth in November.

    Woohoo! : )

    August 27, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. BK

    Why didn't you show both sides when Hillary was running? It was all promoting Obama and trashing both Clintons. Little late now isn't it? Don't bother. CNN has done what they set out to do. Destroy the Clintons.

    August 27, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |

    Whatever tBill Clinton and Hillary Clinton said against Obama
    during the primaries, they are truly trying to make it right.

    Bill Clinton's speeckhwas amazingly great and I hope he is sincere because Americans, now more than ever need honesty and sincerety.
    In, uniting the Dems Party, honest and sincerety is a must in our times
    of trouble.

    John Kerry, who should have been our Pres. in the last 4 years, gave
    an outstanding speeh tonight. Simply great. He is a great leader and
    a great American. John Kerry should be well commended on the
    words he spoke tonight, defending Americans everywhere!!!!

    August 27, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. GeeMac

    Amy...How do you do it? you continue to disappoint with your Republican, divisive analysis. After the past disastrous 8 years under Bush's leadership, how can you remain divisive and negative? You can't find any good in what this administration has done so you continue to try to find something wrong with what is right!.....
    Move on Amy....wake up!

    August 27, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Mickey the Fish

    Knock it off, CNN. Your unnamed sources are fictional, and so is the divisiveness. Your network is reporting Bill will campaign with Barack. What's the real truth? I'll trust what Bill said tonight, rather than your unnamed sources.

    August 27, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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