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Posted: 12/20/2001 9:08:40 PM EDT
[url]http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/21/politics/21CLIN.html[/url] Clinton and Aides Lay Plans to Repair a Battered Image December 21, 2001 Clinton and Aides Lay Plans to Repair a Battered Image By RICHARD L. BERKE WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 — Even after Bill Clinton was elected president, his campaigning never seemed to stop. In the White House, he was always keenly attentive to polls and political calculations and presided over what became known as a "permanent campaign." Now, Mr. Clinton is trying to extend the permanent campaign even beyond his presidency. Frustrated that his image has been battered since he left office, Mr. Clinton summoned several of his aides and advisers on Wednesday to devise ways to remind the public of his accomplishments and defend his legacy against criticism on matters including his role in the current recession and his failure to strike a fatal blow against Osama bin Laden or his terrorist network after the embassy bombings in East Africa in 1998. Several participants at the meeting in Mr. Clinton's Harlem office said in interviews that they had agreed to compile a list of the Clinton administration's achievements that his supporters could have handy when defending the president. They hope to build a staff that will coordinate efforts to enlist former cabinet secretaries and other Clinton surrogates to appear on television talk shows and deliver speeches. And they are making plans to raise Mr. Clinton's profile on the lecture circuit, particularly before college audiences, which are most receptive. Participants in the session said Mr. Clinton was concerned that Democratic leaders had not sufficiently spoken up for his administration, especially his centrist policies on health care, welfare, crime and education. As part of the campaign to refurbish his image, Mr. Clinton wants to play a central role in setting an issue agenda for the Democrats and for the party's aspiring Congressional and presidential candidates, his advisers said. No modern president has ever mounted such an aggressive and organized drive to affect the agenda after leaving the White House. "It's important that the president's legacy not be squandered because his own people remain silent and scattered," said Bill Richardson, Mr. Clinton's energy secretary, who like many others took part through a telephone hookup. "It's important that the Democratic Party not turn away from Clinton's centrist legacy that brought us economic prosperity." Several participants said they did not want to discuss the meeting out of respect for Mr. Clinton's privacy. Others also acknowledged that they were worried that Mr. Clinton could be portrayed as preoccupied with his reputation and not conducting himself appropriately for a former president. "I feel very uncomfortable talking about these meetings," said Sandy Berger, Mr. Clinton's former national security adviser. "As far as I'm concerned, it was a private meeting, so I'm not going to say anything," said Al From, the executive director of the Democratic Leadership Council.
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 9:09:38 PM EDT
Others, insisting they had nothing to hide, were not so reluctant. Rodney Slater, Mr. Clinton's transportation secretary, said an impetus for the meeting was to make sure that the former president's policies were still in the public discourse. "As much as anything, it was to recognize that we were part of something special," Mr. Slater said, "that there were still opportunities out there for us to express opinions about things and professional judgments." Douglas Sosnik, who was Mr. Clinton's political director and later one of his most senior aides, put it this way: "Under President Clinton's leadership, we accomplished a remarkable amount in the last eight years, and his friends feel we should be doing a better job of getting that out proactively. Since he left office, we've spent too much time on the defensive, reacting to stories." Gene Sperling, who was Mr. Clinton's top economic aide, said, "Most of the conversation was really about what kind of things he should be doing with his time, what his long- term service contributions should be." Julia Payne, Mr. Clinton's spokeswoman, said she would have no comment about "a private meeting." While Mr. Clinton had held meetings with advisers before, participants described this one as having a special urgency. Mr. Clinton dominated the session, which lasted nearly two hours, participants said. They said he was careful not to criticize President Bush. And they said that while he expressed concern that he was being blamed for not catching Osama bin Laden, most of the discussion was about how to raise his profile and press his case on domestic matters. Even during his presidency, Mr. Clinton was deeply interested in how he would be perceived by history. Now, the efforts to deploy surrogates to speak out for him are reminiscent of his vaunted war rooms in the White House, which were established for him to seize the political offensive on matters that included Whitewater and health care. "He basically said our legacy is being pummeled and we have to find ways to revive it," said one participant, who described it as if it were a meeting of the top lieutenants of a political campaign. "We concluded that the Clinton hard core were not on message, and we had to develop a center of gravity. We have to remind people of what we did on the economy, what we did with the crime bill, what we did with terrorism." He added, "They're trying to pin the bin Laden thing on us." Participants said that while some nice things were said about the Democratic leaders in Congress, Senator Tom Daschle and Representative Richard A. Gephardt, there was a view that they would only do so much to press the Clinton agenda. "The view was that House and Senate Democrats were too preoccupied with their own re-elections and their own deals," one participant said.
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 9:10:20 PM EDT
Other participants included Maggie Williams, Mr. Clinton's current chief of staff; John D. Podesta, Mr. Clinton's former chief of staff; Bruce Lindsey, Mr. Clinton confidant; Eli J. Segal, the former head of Mr. Clinton's national service organization; Steve Richetti, who was a deputy chief of staff; Maria Echavesta, a former deputy chief of staff; and Cheryl Mills, a deputy White House counsel. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York did not take part, nor did former Vice President Al Gore or any of his advisers. Mr. Clinton's advisers said part of the discussion was over how active the former president should be in stumping for Democratic candidates next year. They said they had not reached a determination. "He does not want to appear to be upstaging Bush," said one participant. "But the alternative to that is to continue to see his legacy vanish. Clinton said he was getting more of a positive response about his legacy with younger people." Mr. Richardson, for one, said it was appropriate for Mr. Clinton to have a more public role. "I'm pleased that the president will be more active in ensuring his legacy," he said. Copyright 2001 The New York Times Company
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 9:15:53 PM EDT
This man is seriously ill mentally...
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 9:15:59 PM EDT
Good Lord, will he ever go away?
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 9:17:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 9:20:52 PM EDT
How pathetic is this? If his image needs to be repaired that much, it is obvious he was a horrible President. He accomplished nothing except stripping rights from free people. I'll sum up his legacy right here... Monica Lewinsky Whitewater Pardongate Looting the White House Vince Foster Paula Jones Gennifer Flowers Elian Chinagate Waco Impeachment I'm sure I missed something. With this kind of legacy, he will need more than a James Carville spin to repair his image.
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 11:16:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dolphin72: How pathetic is this? If his image needs to be repaired that much, it is obvious he was a horrible President. He accomplished nothing except stripping rights from free people. I'll sum up his legacy right here... Monica Lewinsky Whitewater Pardongate Looting the White House Vince Foster Paula Jones Gennifer Flowers Elian Chinagate Waco Impeachment I'm sure I missed something. With this kind of legacy, he will need more than a James Carville spin to repair his image.
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Well put and I'm sure you did miss a bunch of stuff but you did hit the high points! Every time I see that sneering smile of his it still pisses me off. I absolutely resent my tax dollars funding that c*ck suckers retirement for probably the next 40 years! What a piece of work and voted in for 2 terms! How stupid can a populace be! Never mind!
Link Posted: 12/20/2001 11:23:51 PM EDT
His friends at ABC, NBC, and CBS will help him out.
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 3:14:21 AM EDT
More on the toon's image/record. Lying Under Oath as President - 2 times Lying Under Oath as Governor - 5 times Lying Under Oath as Attorney General Lying Under Oath in a Deposition Lying Under Oath to a Grand Jury Lying Under Oath as a Lawyer Abuse of Power Obstruction of Justice Deriliction of Duty Bribe Solicitation Taking Bribes Bribery of Cabinent Members Bribery of State Officials Treason Corruption Coersion Graft False Swearing Malfeasance of Office Perjury Subornation of Perjury Criminal Trespass Witness Intimidation Witness Tampering Jury Tampering Ethics Violations Intentional Interference in the Administration of Justice Misrepresentation Civil Contempt of Court Criminal Contempt of Court Contempt of Congress Contempt of the American People High Crimes Misdemeanors Deception False Testimony Factually False Testimony Misconduct Serious Misconduct Professional Misconduct Notorious Misconduct Obstruction of the Judicial Process Recklessness Grand Larceny Extortion Blackmail Substance Abuse Evidence Suppression Illegal Foriegn Campaign Funding Aiding and Abetting Espionage Improper Exports of Sensitve Technology Attempted Intimidation of Prosecutors Destruction of Business Records with Intent to Defraud Failure to Investigate Drug Trafficking Real Estate Fraud Criminalizing Frauds on Financial Institutions Use of State Police for Personal Purposes Illegal Loan Extraction False Reports by Medical Examiners and Others Investigating Suspicious Deaths Improper Futures Trading Illegal Use of the Executive Branch Character Defamation Voter Fraud Racketeering Destruction of Evidence Political Espionage Money Laundering Criminal Negligence RICO Conspiracy Misuse of Government Files Desecration of Federal Ethics Laws Judicial Intimidation Conflict of Interests Illegal Campaign Activity Misuse of Corporate Assets Ordering Politically Motivated Audits Ordering Politically Motivated Investigations Timing of War Influenced by Political Considerations Misapplying Funds Conspiracy to Defraud the Federal Government Criminal Violation of the Privacy Act Conspiracy to Conceal Evisceration of the Right to Habeas Corpus Misuse of Taxpayer Funds Interfering with a Court Order Theft of Government Property Abuse of Taxpayer Financed Travel Anti-American Espionage Jeopardizing National Security Aiding and Abetting Drug Traffic Aiding and Abetting Organized Crime Murder by Accessory by Witness Tampering Murder by Accessory by Forgery Foreign Influence Peddling Regular Influence Peddling Corrupting Public Discourse Providing False and Misleading Testimony Interferring with a Custody Case Kidnapping by Accessory Child Endangerment Sexual Harassment Indecent Exposure Sexual Abuse of Employees Lewd and Lascivious Conduct Exchange of Promotions or Benefits for Sexual Favors Sexual Assault Statutory Rape Contributing to the Delinquincy of a Minor Unfit to hold a law license Conduct Unbecoming a President Squandering the Public Trust
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 3:22:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2001 3:14:51 AM EDT by platform389]
"As much as anything, it was to recognize that we were part of something special,"
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As detailed above, this waste of flesh was indeed "something special". [IMG]http://www.contrabandent.com/pez//contrib/edoom/blowingup.gif[/IMG]Clinton
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 3:41:08 AM EDT
Outstanding list posted by skipper]. The only thing he missed on his listing was: [b]self abuse[/b]: for being married to that bitch Hillary.
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 3:50:16 AM EDT
I do not take credit for the list. It was posted on freerepublic.com by freeper SLYFOX.
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 3:53:29 AM EDT
Outstanding list! And just think - those are the high crimes and misdemeanors we know about! Unfortunately, the new Bush Administration is not keen on uncovering more - it would be too unseemly! The only thing 'special' about the Clinton presidency was the 'special sauce' that he spilled on Monica's blue dress! Eric The(OhWell,ISupposeThat'sSomethingForTheSmith­sonianExhibitOnHisTermInOffice)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 4:20:13 AM EDT
Great lists. "Ruby Ridge" anyone? -Velveeta
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 4:25:06 AM EDT
Well, Ruby Ridge occurred during Bush the First! [>]:)]
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 4:37:23 AM EDT
Well I guess I am mgetting old. They are all starting to run together. Thanks. -Velveeta
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 4:50:15 AM EDT
While Clinton may not have been the worst president, he was the worst person that was ever president. (paraphrased and I can't remember the author) "They're trying to pin the bin Laden thing on us." Getting rid of Clinton was nothing less than dodging a bullet except for the thousands that died on 9-11 didn't dodge a Clinton bullet. He does not accept responsibility for his failed policies even when President Bush shows what Clinton should have done in 1994. He is a sick puppy who may have killed millions yet by his policy of giving away and not guarding USA technology.
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 4:59:51 AM EDT
... his image would radically improve for me ... if he was exiled to an abandoned south seas Pacific island.
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 5:49:40 AM EDT
It is a tiny bit "unsettling" to see this learned group making fun of any person that is "ill." Even Ex. Clinton. Further, many of you are "medically" experienced (toads, mushrooms, grass, etc.) and your failure to make a proper diagnosis despite the evidence is surprising. Ex. Clinton is obviously suffering from deep "Camera Deprivation."
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 5:59:07 AM EDT
When all is said and done, the post header should read, "Clinton Plans Lay to Repair Battered Image".
Link Posted: 12/21/2001 6:07:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Goad: While Clinton may not have been the worst president, he was the worst person that was ever president.
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Goad, that was by George Will, and, while not exact, it is close enough.
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