Former President Bill Clinton appeared on the Today Show Monday to defend the pay-for-pay charges leveled against him and his wife in Peter Schweizer’s “Clinton Cash.”
If Bubba’s statements sound a bit familiar, that’s because he is using the same subterfuge he used when deflecting scandals during his presidency.
Below are some examples:
There is no scandal. It’s all about politics. Besides Hillary said there was no influence, and if Hillary says she’s not a crook, that should be good enough for everybody:
“But Bill Clinton says he’s not worried about the criticism, brushing it off as “political.” He quoted his wife as telling him: “No one has ever tried to influence me by helping you.”
Remember the vast right wing conspiracy? Now the same diabolical cabal is trying to damage the Clinton Foundation:
He claimed there has been a “very concerted effort to bring the foundation down” and said he might even step down as its head if his wife is elected.
Of course I am worth the money; don’t you realize how exceptionally hard I work?
The fees — $500,000 or more for 11 speeches while his wife was Secretary of State — are justified, he insisted.
“I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak,” he said.
“We do our best to vet them,” he said of the groups that pay for his talks. “And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there’s something wrong with it, I don’t take it.”
Why does everybody pick on us?
“All I’m saying is the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is not true.”
“The people who have attacked the foundation have practiced selective nondisclosure,” he added, “I really trust the American people to figure it out. I always have. And so far, I haven’t been disappointed.”
It was a boo-boo:
Asked about a series of tax forms on which the foundation did not list any contributions under a section for donations from foreign governments — rolling the sum into overall revenue, instead of breaking it out — Clinton said it was an innocent mistake.
What about the other guys?
“The guy that filled out the forms made an error,” he said. “Now that is a bigger problem, according to the press, than the other people running for president willing to take dark money, secret money, secret from beginning to end.”
You can’t really blame the former president for trying the same shtick he pulled during his tenure in the Oval Office: It worked for him then, so why not now? Notice however that it is Bill Clinton who is doing the talking. Hillaru is still strangely silent on the issue. Shouldn’t she be speaking for herself?
Cross-posted at The Lid