On Tuesday night (January 27) as I passed by the TV, I saw Greta Van Susteren introducing a segment near the end of the show called ” The Best of the Rest.”
There they were, former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton laughing it up on Monday in New Orleans. Greta has spent quite a lot of time featuring this duo; you can check out several videos at the “On the Record” site. However, the video I saw has not shown up on the site…buried, I guess.
First, here’s the only report that I can find on the event:
Bush, Clinton offer morale boost for auto dealers at New Orleans conference
by Jen DeGregorio, The Times-PicayuneTuesday January 27, 2009, 7:18 AM
Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, who were in New Orleans on Monday to speak to members of the National Automobile Dealers Association, tried to assure one of the nation’s most troubled industries that it would survive an economic maelstrom that has swallowed more than 2.5 million jobs in the past year.
But survival will not come without sacrifice, they said. Clinton and Bush evoked the image of Hurricane Katrina to describe the level of perseverance they said will be needed to carry the nation through a recession that has been widely compared with the Great Depression. Citizens must pitch in to help one another as they did after Katrina, when countless volunteers descended upon New Orleans to help rebuild and donated millions of dollars to a relief fund headed by Clinton and Bush, the former presidents said.
While Bush and Clinton focused on the economy, they also made time for some banter and shared personal anecdotes about their time in the Oval Office.
Clinton and Bush sat down for a casual chat with outgoing association Chairwoman Annette Sykora, who quizzed them about their victories and regrets in office.
Both men sang the praises of President Barack Obama, saying his administration already has set the right tone to weather the economic crisis by encouraging an era of responsibility.
“We are bound together, and divorce is not an option, ” Clinton said.
There’s something missing in this report…the bit that Greta showed.
Greta prefaced the video with a big grin and much enjoyment over what Bush said and added that Clinton had a great quip after that.
I didn’t even hear the Clinton quip because I as so ticked off at what George H. W. Bush decided to deliver to the audience. I was fuming from Bush’s rendition of how he was confronted by women protesters over reproductive issues.
According to Bush, he was irritated when he was in his limo and some women got right up to it waving a sign saying “Stay Out of Our Wombs.” He mused about he couldn’t understand how they even got that close…then wisecracked (sic) “Believe me, that’s one place I wouldn’t want to go”…
Well, the audience ERUPTED in UPROARIOUS LAUGHTER from the audience! I’m assuming the majority of the audience was men. Clinton was laughing, too, and delivered his line. The camera didn’t catch the reaction of Chairwoman Sykora, who was off camera in the video.
As I mentioned, I have no idea what Clinton said, but Greta thought it was very funny and, in fact, thought the whole segment was a laugh riot. Which makes me wonder about Greta. We’ve got a former President mocking women about their intense feelings about controlling their own bodies and she thinks that’s funny?
I guess I should be grateful that she showed it since the newspaper report from The Times-Picayune chose not to report on it. WHY didn’t they?
As for Clinton…I wish I knew what he said. Then again, maybe I don’t want to go there…
Frankly, writing this at the end of a day when I learned that Barack Obama dumped money for birth control from his bilious “stimulus package” to please Republicans, that video makes me even angrier than when I saw the clip on Tuesday night. It seems like a gratuitous slap in the face considering that the bill was going to pass anyway.
But “3-Card Monte” Obama seems set into his groove. One minute he gives the OK for family planning groups working overseas to talk to women about abortion, the next he’s robbing access to low-cost birth control to women in need here in the U.S. What does he really think of his own wife and daughters? Apparently he’s willing to sell women cheap when it comes to “bringing us together.”
This guy seems to like playing with women, keeping them on a string, giving them a little bit, then taking it away. He’s shuffling around issues as we expected because he has no consistent core values. Keeping an eye on all his moves will be difficult. All I’m sure of is that women will ultimately lose the game with this guy. The misogyny exhibited in the campaign in the form of demeaning gestures, the behavior of Jon Favreau with a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton, and the apparent comfort with the likes of Ludacris’ video support is now in firmly in place at the top of our government.
What a inspirational role model for all of us…NOT!
By the way, apparently Medicare drug plans stopped covering “sexual performance” drugs Viagra, Cialis and Levitra back in 2007 except for treating certain medical conditions like pulmonary hypertension (saving a CBO projected $2 billion between 2006 and 2015) . Let’s see if the Obama crowd reinstates coverage and gives women ANOTHER insulting slap. Nothing would surprise me at this point…
Many thanks to Harold who found a video of the exchange…from his comments!! I will try to embed the video when I get back later…
Clinton laughed and said something along the lines of “I cannot afford to make a joke like that. You know what people would say if *I* made a joke like that” and he continued a while like that, then made a pretty stupid joke himself which I forgot.
I found the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXuRlcUjoAE
Here is the video from the link provided above…but it’s from CNN, not Greta’s show.
So, the woman was “the ugliest” woman Bush I had ever seen… what a PIG he is…and Clinton just goes along for the ride.
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