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Stupid Statements By Bill Clinton
I have had some people become very upset with me because I am "picking" on Bill Clinton. I sincerely apologize - I really do. Now, since I have apologized, I would like everyone who "picked" on Dan Quayle to also apologize :-)

Be sure to also check out Al Gore quotes AND Bill Clinton's fantasies. (no, not that kind of fantasy - it's all G rated)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- When asked what's wrong with letting local school districts decide how best to spend federal education dollars, President Clinton replied, "because it's not their money"

Once again, Bill knows how to spend other people's money better than they do.
At a press conference July 21, 1999, Bill Clinton stated:
"John Kennedy had actually not been back to the White House since his father was killed, until I had became president - and first he was on an advisory committee that made a report to me, and he came back to the Oval Office where he saw the desk that he took the famous picture in - you know, coming through the gate, for the first time since he was a little boy."

In an interview with Chris Matthews February 5, 1996 when asked about the time President Nixon hosted a dinner party in 1971, John F. Kennedy, Jr. described it in these words:

"He had invited my mother to the White House privately, and she accepted and brought all of us, Caroline and me, back. He was very warm and he was a wonderful host and we saw the rooms where we had lived. My sister (I was sort of a hyperactive child) and my sister had a bet with me that either I would spill my milk or my shirttail would be untucked because that used to happen with great frequency. So I had gotten through most of the dinner and shirttail was in and milk was upright and I think we were at dessert. Something caught my attention and the milk went over - right over his lap and he just was very - you know - just didn't blink and just kind of wiped it up - and I lost the bet ... it was a memorable evening."

So which person told the truth - and which person "embellished" to bolster his own image! The story of the Nixon party was written by Chris Matthews in a book which the President displays in his bookcase.
Mr. Clinton made a "joke" during a White House Press meeting during the weekend of May 1, 1999. He assured the group that although Al Gore attended the Kentucky Derby, he did not sire the winning horse. Everyone laughed (??) This is the president of the United States, making jokes about the VP having sex with a horse?
Source: AP wire. May 2, 1999
Clinton: "I can spend your money better than you can."
In a post-State of the Union speech in Buffalo, NY on January 20, 1999, Bill Clinton was asked why not a tax cut if we have a surplus. Clinton's response:
"We could give it all back to you and hope you spend it right... But ... if you don't spend it right, here's what's going to happen. In 2013 -- that's just 14 years away -- taxes people pay on their payroll for Social Security will no longer cover the monthly checks... I want every parent here to look at the young people here, and ask yourself, 'Do you really want to run the risk of squandering this surplus?' "
Source: Washington Times, January 21, 1999

So, Clinton thinks we won't spend our money right so he'll do it for us!
"President Clinton should think twice before accepting invitations to strap on a loincloth for any Thanksgiving re-enactment," says U.S. News & World Report's Paul Bedard.

"You see, he recently claimed that his grandmother's grandmother was Cherokee. 'My grandmother was one-quarter Cherokee,' said Mr. Clinton. His claim came as some Indians were criticizing his initiative on race for ignoring them. If his claim were true, that would make him one-sixteenth Cherokee, but tribal authorities doubt his claim. Cherokee Heritage Center genealogist Tom Mooney says, 'If you lived in Arkansas ... give it up,' because the roots of the tribe are Oklahoma-, Texas-, and North Carolina- based." "Worse, the White House didn't find his kin's name to compare against the official Cherokee rolls."
Source: Inside Politics, News and political dispatches from around the nation By Greg Pierce THE WASHINGTON TIMES November 23, 1998
... did anybody else find it strange for Clinton to talk about Hoyer's viking ancestry the way he did during Sept 2, 1998 speech to Gateway employees in Ireland?? It was the equivalent of saying "Look at my pal Steny. His ancestors raped yours. Hah. Hah." Here's the excerpt from the transcript released by the White House:

"...It has been speculated, half seriously, that there are more foreigners here than at any time since the Vikings pillaged Ireland in the 9th century. (Laughter.) I guess I ought to warn you -- you know, whenever a delegation of Congressmen comes to Ireland they all claim to be Irish -- and in a certain way they all are -- but one of the members of the delegation here, Congressman Hoyer, who has been a great friend of the peace process, is in fact of Viking heritage, descent. (Laughter.) Stand up, Steny. (Applause.) Now, all the rest of us come here and pander to you and tell you we love Ireland because there is so much Irish blood running in our veins. He comes here and says he loves Ireland because there is so much of his blood running in your veins. (Laughter and applause.) ..."
"[I]t depends on how you define "alone" ... there were a lot of times when we were alone, but I never really thought we were."

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is"
- excerpts from Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony

Most people know what "is" and "alone" means - amazing that Clinton does not.
" Every time Bush talks about trust it makes chills run up and down my spine. The way he has trampled on the truth is a travesty of the American political system."
- Presidential candidate Bill Clinton, describing his opponent (Federal News Service, 10/28/92)

"There's just no such thing as truth when it comes to him. He just says whatever sounds good and worries about it after the election."
Presidential candidate Bill Clinton describing his opponent, George Bush (Quoted in the American Spectator, 10/28/92)

Ironic that Clinton talked about how George Bush isn't truthful....
"The road to tyranny, we must remember, begins with the destruction of the truth." from a speech at the University of Connecticut, Oct 15, 1997.
Are we now on the road to tyranny due to Clinton's disregard for the truth?
"I think the IRS functions better today than it did 5 years ago." Bill Clinton, 9/30/97. Reported on CNN

(Translation: 'Five years ago I couldn't pick up the phone and have Paula Jones audited.')

This was around the time Congress was conducting hearings on IRS abuses. Originally, Clinton and Rubin defended the IRS and its practices, and later they became critics. It was a little like transportation secretary Frederico Pena's comment after the Value Jet Everglades crash calling them "totally safe," also responding "Oh yes, I fly them all the time." Three days later he shut down the company, citing it had the worst safety record in the industry.
Thanks to Gary Kirkpatrick [73131.3157@compuserve.com] for this information!
"You can't say you love your country and hate your government." - Bill Clinton, 1995 (After the OKC bombing)

"A lot of wonderful people love their country and hate the military." - Bill Clinton, 1969 (Letter to the National Guard)
"The other thing we have to do is to take seriously the role in this problem of...older men who prey on underage women...There are consequences to decisions and...one way or the other, people always wind up being held accountable." Bill Clinton, June 13, 1996, in a speech endorsing a national effort against teen pregnancy.
Unless the person is an Intern, of course...
Quote from transcript on allpolitics.com - Speech given by President Bill Clinton at a church on Martha's Vineyard, Aug 28, 1998 - Anniversary of March on Washington

"And so, it is important that we are able to forgive those we believe have wronged us even as we ask for forgiveness from people we have wronged. And I heard that first -- first in the civil rights movement. Love thy neighbor as thyself."

Bill Clinton went to a parochial school for two years. His mother took him to Sunday schools in both Hope and Hot Springs. By the time he was eight, he would get up early on Sunday get himself washed and dressed, and walk to the Park Place Baptist Church four blocks from his home, carrying a Bible given to him by his family. He was baptized by immersion at an early age after professing his faith.

Is it possible that the Park Place Baptist Church, the Sunday Schools, and the Catholic parochial schools never mentioned Matthew 22:34-40 - the verses with the two great commandments of Christianity: the greatest and first commandment to love God; and the second one, which is "to love thy neighbor as thyself"?

The following two statements are not really "stupid", but they are interesting considering what is presently going on...

"I think the country could be spared a lot of agony and the government could worry about inflation and a lot of other problems if [Nixon would] go on and resign."

"[There is] no question that an admission of making false statements to government officials and interfering with the FBI and the CIA is an impeachable offense."
Arkansas Gazette 8 August 1974
There have been reported variations of this quote, which are not quite accurate. You can read about the quote variations here. The actual article can be found here.
"Just try to imagine what it would be like to be 300 million years old." -- President Clinton in Ashe County, N.C. He was speaking on the banks of the New River, which scientists say is the oldest river in the United States.
"No one wants to get this (Lewinsky) matter behind us more than I do, except maybe all the rest of the American people," Bill Clinton, July 31, 1998 during his remarks on the economy in the rose garden.
Full text of remarks

So does this mean he is maybe the last person in America who wants to get the matter behind us?
"You know the one thing that's wrong with this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say."
President William Clinton addressing the people of Philadelphia, May 28, 1993 in the Courtyard, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA. Someone in the audience who disagreed voiced an opinion, and that was Clinton's response. So, I guess if you disagree with Clinton, you shouldn't be allowed to have your say.
Full text of speech

"The Bush administration continues to coddle China, despite its continuing crackdown on democratic reform, its brutal subjugation of Tibet, its irresponsible export of nuclear and missile technology... Such forbearance on our part might have made sense during the Cold War when China was the counterweight to Soviet power. It makes no sense to play the China card now when our opponents have thrown in their hand." -- Gov. Bill Clinton, Georgetown University, December 12, 1991.

How ironic that President Clinton would say this! I guess he thinks it's O.K. for him to coddle China if they fund his political campaign!
"I can tell you that the decisions we made, we made because we thought they were in the interests of the American people,"--Bill Clinton, on being asked why he signed waivers, against the Pentagon's protest, to sell Loral missile guidance systems technology to Communist China, enabling China for the first time to launch nuclear weapons.
(May 18, 1998 edition of the Washington Times, front page)

Oh. Risking National security is in our best interest.

The president was giving a speech in Berlin in May, 1998, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Airlift, which kept the city afloat in 1948-49 when Stalin attempted to starve it into submission. Clinton chose to give special recognition to then-Lt. Gail Halvorsen of Provo, Utah, who had dropped packages of candy for Berlin's children from his aircraft as he landed with supplies at Templehoff Airport.

"She is here with us today," the president declared, speaking of Halvorsen. "I'd like to ask her to stand."

Gail Halvorsen then stood up - Mr. Gail Halvorsen, a 77-year old grandfather.

"Thank you, Sir, " said Clinton.

Granted, Gail is also a woman's name - but wouldn't one think that our President would check this prior to making the announcement?
(source for quote: The New York Post, May 15, 1998)

President Clinton was interviewed on January 21, 1998 by Jim Lehrer on his alleged affair with a Whitehouse intern and subsequent alleged subornation of her perjury. Clinton said, "I'm just trying to suppress my natural impulses and get back to work."
Full interview transcript

And what *specific* natural impulses would those be? Hmmmm......

"...with barely 700 days left in the 20th century..."
President Clinton during his State of the Union address, January 27, 1998

Ummm.....the 20th century ends on December 31, 2000. That is nearly three years away from January 27, 1998! Yes everyone - the year 2000 and the beginning of the 21st century are two different things. Was there a year zero? No! We start the century on year ONE - and in this case it would be 2001!

"There are a lot of very brilliant people who believe that the nation-state is fast becoming a relic of the past,"
- President Clinton, New York Times, November 25, 1997

A relic????

In January 1994 Clinton made a trip to Europe. At that time there was some friction between the European leaders and the U.S. about troop deployments in Bosnia. While in Belgium, the European leaders and Clinton had a cocktail party. It was covered by CNN. On their 3:00PM (CST) broadcast, CNN with Frank Cezno showed a clip of the party. It showed Clinton talking to Helmut Kohl and saying, "I was thinking of you last night, Helmut, because I watched the sumo wrestling on television."
Full Article

Is Bill Clinton saying the leader of unified Germany looks like a sumo wrestler?
Thanks to Paul K. for this!

Bill Clinton, January 27, 1992, speaking about the allegations that he had a 12 year affair with Gennifer Flowers..."They've been exposed as the trash they are"
Arkansas Gazette

January 1998, Bill Clinton admits under oath in the Paula Jones deposition that he had an affair with Gennifer Flowers

"When I was a younger man and had a life," stated Clinton, "I owned an El Camino pickup in the '70s. It was a real sort of Southern deal. I had Astroturf in the back. You don't want to know why, but I did."
The full text from this speech can be found at right here

No Mr. President, really....we WANT to know what the Astroturf was for....

In the first debate Clinton told us:

"And the deficit has come down for four years in a row for the first time since before the Civl War. I meant to say since before World War II. But maybe it should be since before the Civil War."

The last time was actually 1944-1947 followed by a year of surplus increase.
(Historical Statistics, Bicentennial Edition by the Dept of Commerce)

In his speech to the Fraternal Order of Police in Cincinnati, OH during the 1996 election, President Clinton bragged on the strong Ohio economy. However, he forgot to tell the audience that at the time Ohio had a Republican Governor, top five State officials were all Republicans, both the State House and Senate were controlled by Republicans, a Republican US Senator and 13 of 19 US Representatives were Republicans.

Thank you Mr. President for the strong endorsement of Republican principles and programs!

Clinton quotes the Bible - incorrectly.
Oct 1994 Remarks made at the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. "Your Majesty; Mr Prime Minister, here in the Rift Valley you have bridged the tragic rift that separated your people too long. Here in this region, which is home of not only both of your faiths, but mine, I say, blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall inherit the Earth."

If Bill is going to quote the bible, perhaps he should do it correctly! Here is the CORRECT quote:
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth. Matthew 5:5

"Thanks for the poncho."
President Clinton said this when he was presented with the Romanian tri-color flag during his visit in July. The flag did have a head-sized hole in the middle... But flags with the centers ripped out are the norm in Romania these days. With holes where the hated communist emblem used to be, such flags symbolize the 1989 anti-Communist revolt that led to the establishment of democracy. Shouldn't our President KNOW this??
Associated Press 8/27/97
"The last time I checked, the Constitution said, 'of the people, by the people and for the people.' That's what the Declaration of Independence says."
President Bill Clinton, campaigning October 17, 1996. From a campaign speech given in California. Quoted in Investor's Business Daily October 25, 1996

Gee, Mr. Clinton, that statement is in NEITHER - that phrase was in the Gettysburg Address!!
Hear Bill Clinton say this!
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"Almost makes you want to go to jail out here."

- Bill Clinton - after being told that famed Bellver Castle (Spain) once served as a prison as well as a palace for kings

"I am the only President in who knew something about agriculture when I got there." (Bill Clinton, Washington Post, 4/26/95)

Ummm...geee Mr. Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Harry Truman, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington who were all farmers before they were Presidents.

"I'm sure I spent more time in Texas than anybody else who had run for President recently." (Bill Clinton in Longview, Texas, U.S. Newswire, 9/27/96)

Wait a minute... George Bush (1988, 1992), Ross Perot (1992, 1996), and Phil Gramm (1996) - all Texans who recently ran for the presidency. (George Bush moved to TX in 1948 after graduating from Yale, founded an oil company in 1953, ran for the Senate in 1964, elected to the House in 1966, 1968 and ran for Senate in 1970. So, except for the 10 years (1970-1980), Bush was a Texan since 1948.)

From Time magazine. 6/17/96 p. 104
refers to "Juanita" a recently discovered Inca mummy

"You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a good-looking mummy!"---Bill Clinton
Hear Bill Clinton say this!
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"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles"
March 1, 1993, Remarks by the President In Discussion With National Service Volunteers, Learning Center New Brunswick, New Jersey
Full text

"It has not worked. No one can say it has worked, so I decided we're either going to do what we said we're going to do with the U.N., or we're going to do something else."
A Bill Clinton quote in Washington Post on the U.N. operation in Bosnia.

What insight! He'll do what he said he would, or he'll do something else!

"African-Americans watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do."
President Clinton on Black Entertainment Television, November 2, 1994
Full transcript

As a candidate in 1992, Bill Clinton blasted Bush administration standards of behavior and pledged to conduct "the most ethical administration in the history of the Republic."

(Hysterical laughter....)

In the 96 campaign before the 2nd debate that everyone was saying Dole was going to get rough on Clinton. Clinton was in Louisville,KY getting a Louisville Slugger baseball bat and remarked while swinging it " from what I have been hearing I might need to use this in the next debate" pretty funny I thought. Hope you don't think Bill was going to whack poor old Bob!
Submitted by Chuck Nelson [chuckn@webtv.net] who describes himself as "A Dem who likes Quayle and is one of the 15 % who did not vote for George W for governor of Texas"
The following quotes are NOT REAL QUOTES. I am posting them here because I have seen them listed as authentic quotes other places. (I even made that mistake at first)
President Clinton learned there were 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado. Since Clinton was so upset with ranchers' protests over his grazing policies, he told U.S. Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt to fire half the cattle guards immediately. Before Babbitt could proceed with the President's wishes, Colorado representative Pat Schroeder intervened with a request that before any were fired, they would be given six months of retraining. Clinton obviously did not know that a cattle guard is a bunch of parallel pipes that cattle will not cross because they can't walk on pipes.
--October 26, 1994, Newcastle Reporter
January 1995, New Mexico Stockman Magazine

"the purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people"
during an interview on MTV in 1993

If you have good Clinton quotes, e-mail them to me to be posted here!
Sooo.... what type of person would make a page like this?!

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