Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bill Clinton's comments in Charlotte

Hillary's campaign is trying to soften what Bill Clinton said in a speech in Charlotte. The campaign statement, on Hillary's Fact Hub, says the following. I've added a few comments in red.

Fact Check: What Bill Clinton Said In Charlotte

3/21/2008 7:58:36 PM

Some are suggesting that the following remark by President Clinton was intended as a personal attack:

I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country [What does "if" mean here? People are reading between the lines and thinking that the "if" means Clinton vs. McCain but not Obama vs. McCain. Since Bill likes to define words carefully (remember his comment about "is" during his scandal?), his use of "if" would imply that he means "if" and that people are right in assuming he is questioning Obama's patriotism, while speaking to a group of veterans.] and were devoted to the interest of this country and people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics

Actually, as is indicated by the quote itself, President Clinton was talking about the need to talk about issues, rather than falsely questioning any candidate's patriotism [If his point is to have people focus on the issues, then he could have addressed that a lot more directly than he did.].

He was lamenting that these kind of distractions "always seems to intrude" [I doubt he was lamenting. I believe he was purposely bringing up the issue to slam Obama and then carefully choosing his words to try and make it look like he was just addressing distractions.] on political campaigns. This is consistent with his criticism of the "politics of personal destruction," which dates back 16 years.


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