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article imageOp-Ed: Is Bill Clinton Losing His Cool or Was He Always This Hot?

By Samantha A. Torrence     Apr 6, 2008 in Politics
The recent tempestuous version of ex-President Clinton is a far cry from the smooth operator who charmed his way to the Oval Office through two brutal campaigns. The question is, are we seeing the real Bill Clinton for the first time?
Former President William Jefferson Clinton, whether you like him or hate him, is one of the smoothest operators to ever fight for and win the White House not once, but twice. That is a singular feat only fifteen men in the history of this nation have accomplished, including its present occupant, George W. Bush (two, Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley, who were assassinated during their second terms, are included).
He survived all the considerable slings and arrows the dreaded Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and its relentless pit bull, Rush Limbaugh, could fire at him. The 'Boy Governor' and 'Comeback Kid' not only survived the Gennifer Flowers scandal, the subsequent 60 Minutes interview regarding that scandal, and running running behind for a good deal of his first campaign, he did it with a footloose aplomb that infuriated his political detractors. (quote Rush ?? “How does he do it/ How does he get away with it)
For Rush and others of his conservative ilk, WJC winning the presidency must have been like watching the slick, no-good neighborhood cooze hound walking away with the girl he just asked out. But now that he’s married and settled in, all we see is the abusive husband in the wife-beater raging at everyone and everything, and always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. The question on everyone’s mind, especially Hillary supporters is, ‘what happened to you, man? You used to be so cool!'
To say that former President William Jefferson Clinton has not been a positive asset for his wife and former First Lady Hillary would be the Understatement Of The Year. But has he really fundamentally changed in some bizarre fashion, or are we now just seeing him for the first time?
On that note, let’s go to ABC News and George Stefanopoulos.
George was the unfortunate soul charged with the duty of senior White House aide. His role lent him to the outrage and outbursts of former President Clinton on such a regular basis that he reportedly began taking antidepressants. The outburst which used to be kept privately in the White House are now being played in a media spectacle with conservatives and Obama supports waiting for more, popcorn in hand.
His temper fits are affectionately described as "purple fits" and "earthquakes," which creatively bring to mind his swollen angry face and shaking fingers. This is a fault well know to Bill himself. He writes in an autobiography,
I was a little disturbed by my anger, the currents of which would prove deeper and stronger in the years ahead. Because of the way Daddy behaved when he was angry and drunk, I associated anger with being out of control and I was determined not to lose control. Doing so could unleash the deeper, constant anger I kept locked away because I didn’t know where it came from.
His red faced bouts of hissy outrage have cause concern in the (Hillary) Clinton camp according to the New York Times. Advisers to the candidate have attempted to "reel him in" so that the more common outbursts will be less of a factor. Still they have caused some controversy in his criticism of the Obama campaign, from Obama's experience being a "fairy tale" to his accusation that Obama is not patriotic. Some contend that even though his ever increasing episodes of foot-in-mouth have caused a stir they bring up real issues with the Obama campaign.
Still it seems our sax playing smooth operator has left the building to dawn a dress, display symptoms of PMS, and attempt to play the role of First Lady in preparation for Hillary to wear the pants.
Co-Authored by The Mad King and S.A.Torrence.
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