Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton Says 99% of House of Cards is True

By on 3.31.15 | 3:27PM

Apparently. Bill Clinton is a fan of House of Cards, and told the show's star Kevin Spacey so when he met Spacey at an event recently.

According to Clinton, who was known for being a particularly effective President, the show, which depicts the rise of Frank Underwood from lowly Congressman to White House hopeful, is "99%" true. The 1% that's not true? How easily Frank Underwood can move a bill through Congress.

Former President Bill Clinton told "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey the D.C. drama is a lot closer to fact than fiction.

"He tells me, 'I love that 'House of Cards,''" Spacey said in an interview with Gotham Magazine about the Netflix series.

Spacey went into an impression of the former president when describing Clinton's review of the show.

"Kevin, 99% of what you do on that show is real. The 1% you get wrong is you could never get an education bill passed that fast," Spacey said, recounting Clinton's comment.

Bill Clinton Doesn’t Use Email

By on 3.11.15 | 1:28PM

If you found it hard to imagine that Bill Clinton was just sending loads of email to his wife, after she excused some of her missing private emails yesterday by noting that they were from the former President, you weren't alone. In fact, it seems Bill Clinton can't really remember much in the way of electronic communication with Hillary either.

It turns out that, in his life and despite his private server with several private email addresses set up, Bill has sent exactly two emails in his entire life: one to astronaut John Glenn and one to troops serving abroad. And none to his wife. 

If Hillary Clinton’s emails are eventually cracked open, don’t expect to see any juicy correspondence with her husband—or any correspondence at all. Bill Clinton doesn’t use email.

Bill Clinton’s Portrait Has Secret Lewinsky Reference

By on 3.2.15 | 1:03PM

Monica Lewinsky seems to be enjoying the rise of Clinton nostalgia. Just last week, she was photographed wearing a bright orange gown, attending the annual Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, as though she were a real celebrity, and Friday, it was announced that her post-Clinton life in New York will become the subject of a six-"webisode" mini-series. The series, which is loosely based on an HBO documentary that followed her around after she vacated her internship, will chronicle Monica's life and struggle to "rebuild her life in the wake of the scandal that left her a reluctant single-name celebrity."

Bill Clinton Creeps On NY Dem’s Daughter

By on 12.18.14 | 12:49PM

This is yesterday's viral photo, but we were all so obsessed with covering unimportant things like the Administration lifting the Cuba embargo and North Korea strong-arming Hollywood into pulling a movie that was probably going to tank anyway that we had to pass on covering a creepy photo of Bill Clinton hugging the daughter of a New York Democratic mega-donor. 

Fear not, though. 

The woman being only minimally restrained by both former President Clinton and what appears to be a Herve Leger bodycon dress, is Andrea Catsimatidis, daughter of John Catsimatidis, a "billionaire grocer" who donated $750,000 to Hillary's 2008 Presidential bid, and who may be best known for his part in a scheme to allegedly purchase the New York Senate for the Democratic Party, along with current NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.

Getting the Housing Crash Band Back Together

By on 1.3.14 | 1:10PM

Roger Kaplan's piece today chronicles the excesses and outrages of Bill de Blasio's New York City inauguration. I watched some of the ceremonies bleary-eyed on New Years Day, and what struck me most wasn't the new mayor's demagogic address or the blatant attacks on Michael Bloomberg who was sitting only feet away, but the dais itself. The biggest names present were Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and de Blasio. Cuomo was Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and de Blasio worked for Cuomo at HUD. HUD did more during that time to engender the housing bubble and subsequent economic crash than any other. For more on the subject, read the Village Voice's devastating 2008 profile of Cuomo and check out our own Bill Zeiser's examination of the New York governor in this month's issue of The American Spectator.

Memo to Obama: The Era of Big Government is Over

By on 12.10.13 | 5:23PM

Almost 18 years ago, Bill Clinton stood before a joint session of Congress and declared that the “era of big government is over.” This statement was seen as Clinton’s attempt to shift his outdated Democratic party from the New Deal into the modern world. With the recent rise of the tea party, the majority of Americans believe that less government is more. Recent polling suggests people favor a smaller government which provides fewer services over a gigantic government that does more.

President Obama, however, hasn’t gotten the memo.

Last week, the president spoke to a liberal think tank and explained how he viewed the role of the federal government:

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How Bill Clinton Hogged Up Time at the DNC

By on 9.6.12 | 6:24PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- How did Bill Clinton manage to run nearly 20 minutes past the scheduled end of his speech to the Democratic National Convention? Simple: He ad-libbed extensively, thus chewing up 48 minutes with what was supposed to have been a half-hour speech.

White House staffers reportedly had edited Clinton's advance text for length, but when he started talking, he evidently decided to add back in a lot of what had been cut out. Dashiell Bennett of The Atlantic Monthly did a line-by-line comparison of the scripted version and what Clinton actually said, demonstrating the maestro's method for hogging the spotlight. For example, the prepared, White House-approved text of Clinton’s remarks had him saying this:

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody's right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes.

Reuters: It’s Over in the House

By on 10.13.10 | 1:37PM

The news service says it explicitly after today's poll release:

American voters unhappy at high unemployment are poised to oust President Barack Obama's Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2 elections, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll found on Wednesday.

The national poll found that Americans by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates, an edge that is likely to allow Republicans to pick up dozens of seats in the House and make big gains in the U.S. Senate.

Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said the poll numbers show Republicans would win around 227 seats in the House to 208 for the Democrats.

Good thing for the Democrats it's not 2012:

In a punctuation mark to a tough political year for the Democrats, Obama's approval ratings dropped to 43 percent from 47 percent last month, with 53 percent disapproving of the way he is handling his job, according to the poll.

Chicago Politickin’ Helped ShoreBank Survive

By on 8.25.10 | 11:51AM

The survival of Clinton/Obama-favored ShoreBank (and its progressive agenda) can be attributed in part to the aggressive intervention of Chicago-area congressmen and power players, as I explain today over at the National Legal and Policy Center.

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