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Knock It Off: Media Still Carrying Water For Bill Clinton

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:34 pm

[guest post by Dana]

I realize that there are far more important matters to focus on, but my dander is up… Everone knows that Bill and Hillary Clinton are physically and mentally incapable of staying out of the public eye. They are hardwired to be front and center to promote themselves as they try to fill their seemingly insatiable need for publicity. With that, Hulu will be airing a new four hour documentary series called Hillary on March 6. (Apparently, there is an unbelievable four hours worth of stuff we don’t know about her…) In the documentary, the couple discuss their marriage, including those turbulent times that resulted from Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s affair. In a brief report about the series, this headlne from the Daily Beast caught my eye:

Bill Clinton (Sort of) Apologizes to Monica Lewinsky: ‘I Feel Terrible’ That It ‘Defined’ Her

Here is what the DB determines to be a “sort of” apology (which it isn’t) from Bill Clinton:

As he reiterates his remorse and regret again, he surprisingly includes Monica Lewinsky in the list of people to whom he owes amends.

“I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky’s life was defined by it, unfairly I think,” he says. “Over the years I watched her trying to get a normal life back again. But you gotta decide how to define normal.”

Oh, boo-hoo, Bill feels terrible. Here’s the thing: If an adult is truly remorseful about having harmed another individual and they really want to take responsibility for their actions, they don’t just stop at feeling terrible. That adult owns it, then apologizes to those who were directly impacted by their actions. (This, of course, does not negate the other party’s responsbility in said matter.) An apology begins with: I apologize or I’m sorry for (fill in the blank) while directly addressing the other party. It does not begin with whining about how terrible one feels. Apologizing is a decision to pro-actively right things as best as they can be righted. It evidences a recognition and ownership of one’s responsibility. It is the natural follow-up to genuinely feeling terrible about what one has done. It can bring both closure and relief to the troubled soul of the offender. And it can bring the same to the receiver of the apology. But to stop at feeling terrible is just another way to continue to indulge prideful arrogance. It is also a way to keep one safely out of arm’s reach from experiencing a transformative humility. Bill Clinton’s comments were absolutely not an apology. They were just more poor-me indulgences and excuses. It annoys me greatly to see the media still carry water for him.

A few years ago Clinton was asked about apologizing directly to Lewinsky:

Clinton was asked by NBC’s Craig Melvin in June if, in light of the “Me Too” movement, the former president felt like he owed Lewinsky an apology.

“No, I do not,” he responded.

“I have never talked to her,” Clinton said. “But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.

About whether Clinton should apologize to her, Lewinsky said:

what feels more important to me than whether I am owed or deserving of a personal apology is my belief that Bill Clinton should want to apologize. I’m less disappointed by him, and more disappointed for him. He would be a better man for it . . . and we, in turn, a better society.


13 Responses to “Knock It Off: Media Still Carrying Water For Bill Clinton”

  1. God, Clinton remains a pouty, self-centered man-child.

    Dana (aaddb1)

  2. Monica Lewinsky comes of pretty good every time I see her in the news. She seems smart and pretty well grounded. Obviously she shouldn’t have had an affair with the president, but that was over 20 years ago when she was pretty young.

    Time123 (14b920)

  3. Oh, come on! Ms. Lewinski was a hot-pants slut, known as “The Stalker” before her affair with Clinton, who literally wagged her over-sexed behind in Clinton’s face, and I know what “literally” means. She described it herself on national television.

    She delivered a pizza to the Oval Office. Clinton thanked her. She started to walk out but she thought to herself “I have to make my move now”. In her words, she “snapped her thong”. She did not demonstrate it, so I don’t exactly know what that means.

    Then! then!(sic), with the Starr investigation heating up, when Clinton broke off their relationship, she continued to stalk him. She sent him messages describing the sex kit she carried in her purse for him (it included zinc throat lozenges). There was a post about it here.

    Lewinski is the one who owes everyone an apology. Not to Bill Clinton — he was a grown man and he could have thrown her out of the White House. But to everyone else, starting with Hillary.

    nk (1d9030)

  4. He was the freaking President of the United States. The most powerful position in the world. Anyway, Lewinsky did apologize to Hillary and Chelsea:

    My first public words after the scandal—uttered in an interview with Barbara Walters on March 3, 1999—were an apology directly to Chelsea and Mrs. Clinton. And if I were to see Hillary Clinton in person today, I know that I would summon up whatever force I needed to again acknowledge to her—sincerely—how very sorry I am.

    Dana (c21e0c)

  5. Monica was no babe in the woods– she knew exactly what she was doing.

    Again, go back and peruse Hillary’s essay quilled in Life, June 20, 1969- nearly 51 years ago. Some people just stay too long at the party. Nobody has the balls to just flick the lights and tell these two to go home to Chappaqua.

    But hey, smoke’em if ‘ya got’em, eh Bill?

    ‘A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke; And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.’ — Rudyard Kipling, “The Betrothed” in Rudyard Kipling’s Verse, Inclusive Edition, 1885–1918

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. I find it odd that Bubba chooses this moment to finally “apologize” such as it can be described thus. Let me offer some ridiculous fringe thinking to explain why:

    – he is terminally ill and wants to at last make amends
    – he has been told by the DNC that he will be persona non grata at their convention this summer unless he takes care of his MeToo problem, and he desperately wants one more prime time speaking gig
    – he is remorseful about this wife having Jeffery Epstein killed
    – Hillary plans to win a brokered convention this summer and he’s laying the groundwork for his return to the campaign trail

    Run with any of those that strike your fancy.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  7. As far as I can tell, a great number of cheaters are mostly sorry about being caught.

    I am roughly the same age as Monica and when I first heard I didn’t believe it, not because I thought Clinton wasn’t a cheater (I mean, obv.) but because I couldn’t believe she’d been so stupid. Everyone, everyone, everyone knew that if a woman slept with a married man, she was the one who was going to be blamed as the sluttymcsluttersdottir. And she was certainly old enough to know what she was doing. OTOH, though, she was also 23 and 20 years seems like a long time to blame someone for a spot of fornication in her early 20s.

    Nic (896fdf)

  8. Anyway, Lewinsky did apologize to Hillary and Chelsea:

    I actually enjoy following Monica Lewinsky on Twitter. She seems to be, at age 46, an interesting and perspicacious woman. I think she has come out of this whole mess better than any of the other awful characters involved. And she reminds me of some women — and a few men — I have known since my youth who made really bad choices in their younger years but have mellowed out and are now have the wisdom of middle age.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  9. If men could resist women, we’d still be in the Garden of Eden.

    nk (1d9030)

  10. Bubba should first apologize from a jail cell for the underage girls he sexually assaulted on epstien’s child sex island.

    rpp (0ad0d8)

  11. JVW (54fd0b) — 1/26/2020 @ 6:40 pm

    Your own wisdom is showing, JVW.

    nk (1d9030) — 1/26/2020 @ 6:56 pm

    I’d like to order a dozen of those T-shirts.

    felipe (023cc9)

  12. nk (1d9030) — 1/26/2020 @ 6:05 pm

    Then! then!(sic), with the Starr investigation heating up, when Clinton broke off their relationship,

    He broke it off before, but he didn’t want her to know or think he had broken it off (because then she could talk)

    he wss very intent on keeping her in government empoy.

    He exiled her to an office in the Pentagon, telling her other people were responsible, but he would try to get back.

    This was the very same office he had exiled Linda Tripp before, (before she knew some details about Vincent foster;’s last day were incorrect)

    Linda Tripp ended the relationship by making it public. She said he did that to help Monica Lewinsky.

    Bill Clinton — he was a grown man and he could have thrown her out of the White House.

    He did, he did. But made sure he retained some hold over her. when Monica Lewinsky indicated she wanted to move to New York, he arranged for a job for her at the United Nations.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  13. I might ask for Hillary’s apology before any other. She coordinated strategy for the Bimbo Squad. Or, in other words, the total war campaign against women such as Ms. Lewinsky.

    All4One (46cb3f)

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