Friday, November 19, 2004

Clinton throws temper tantrum in front of Peter Jennings

Bill Clinton is a little paranoid these days. He thinks everyone is out to get him, and during an interview exchange with Peter Jennings of ABC News, he accused Jennings of leading the attack dog pack against him back in 1998 - 99.

What? Jennings was one of Clinton's biggest defenders! Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!

The full exchange:

JENNINGS (Discussing rankings by presidential historians]: They gave you a forty-first in terms of moral authority - after Nixon.

CLINTON: They're wrong about that. You know why they're wrong about it? They're wrong about it.

JENNINGS: Why, sir?

CLINTON: Because we had $100 million spent against us in all these inspections . . . In spite of it all, you don't have any example where I ever lied to the American people about my job, where I have let the American people down. And I had more support from the world when I quit than when I started. And I will go to my grave being at peace about it. And I don't really care about what they think.

JENNINGS: Oh, yes you do.

CLINTON: They have no idea . . .

JENNINGS: Excuse me, Mr. President. I can feel it across the room. You care very deeply.

CLINTON (through angry squint): No, no. I care. I care. You don't want to go here, Peter. You don't want to go here. Not after what your people did. And the way you - your network - what you did with Kenneth Starr. The way your people repeated every little sleazy thing he did. No one has any idea of what that's like.