September 5th, 2010
01:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Tony Blair on Bill Clinton's 'potentially sexual element'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in his new book about former President Bill Clinton’s ‘curiosity.’ "](CNN) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was hesitant in an interview broadcast on Sunday to explain a passage from his new book that referenced a "potentially sexual element" to former President Bill Clinton's "curiosity about people."

"I was also convinced that his [Clinton's] behavior arose in part from his inordinate interest in and curiosity about people. In respect of men it was expressed in friendship. In respect of women there was potentially a sexual element," Blair wrote in his new book, entitled "A Journey: My Political Life"

On ABC's "This Week," Blair told Christiane Amanpour, "if I try explaining it [what he wrote] I'll get into difficulty."

Blair said politicians live with such pressure that to release the stress, they often rebel against themselves, and sometimes that can take the form of an affair.

Earlier: Arrests made at Blair book signing in Dublin

The former British leader said that if people want to know everything about their elected officials, they should be prepared to learn about their flaws.

"They've got to understand they're also human beings and you've got to be somewhat forgiving therefore of the human frailty," Blair said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    That's waaaaaaaaay too much information Tony. Why don't you stop changing the focus on how you conspired with George Bush to get BP a ton of $ by invading Iraq.

    September 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    absolute disscusting pressure dosent have 2 violate a marrige if u need pressure release u should have more affairs with you're wife

    September 5, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Blair needs to shut up and enjoy retirement

    September 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Livin the good life

    Does he mean that it applies to him [Blair] as well?...Beau Colby

    September 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Fed Up

    Everyone knows what you mean Tony. You don't have to go any further. The slime factor is still alive.

    September 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Junior

    Just proves the saying "Make Love Not War."

    September 5, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. frank carter

    Mr. Clinton the Teflon man needed a head doctor, and would have been better of staying home with wife and child then washing his laundry in front of the public. We all know how pervasive politicians can be and how hungry they are for power and self recognition....The days of Abe Lincoln are gone now all we got this funny people running around the country yelling, that want to save the country, and the truth is they can't even safe themselves!!

    September 5, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. JohninTampa

    Not to belittle Bill Clinton's weakness, if you will, but to say "...In respect of women there was potentially a sexual element," is to describe any normal life-form of the male persuasion.

    September 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. tony

    In respect of Tony Blair, we note an unapologetic, extremist religious-driven, mass murdering element. Any problems seen in Clinton pale in comparison.

    September 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. grammi

    How hard is it to explain that Clinton committed a sexual act in the Oval Office (that we pay for) while he was a married man. He disgraced the office of the president. Hillary only stayed with him because she lusted over running for president and who would elect a woman who was the ex-wife or a president?


    September 5, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. keeth in california

    Sex sells. Too bad Blair had to stoop to this in order to help sell his book.

    September 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |