June 6th, 2012
07:50 PM ET

Is Bill Clinton off message?

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton has landed in the headlines recently for making some seemingly off message comments while campaigning on behalf of President Barack Obama.

As the current White House occupant’s most high profile surrogate and a popular national figure, Clinton’s words carry weight. They’ve prompted Congressional responses, comments from the White House and even a clarification from Team Clinton.

Watch more from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin above.

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  1. Lily

    President Clinton is right

    June 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • MarkGlicker

      Problem in both parties has been the party line. We need 500 ideas in Washington, not 2.

      June 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  2. kyle

    WOW... awful quiet on this thread... where are the liberal bashers? ... at a union cry party?

    June 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  3. xavi

    A little too much Arkansas corn syrup can make you say funny things.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Free World Idiot
      President Obama attended D-Day ceremonies in France in 2009. For the 65th D-Day celebration.
      Of course the teapotty idiots complained because he went to France instead of to Arlington.

      I doubt if there is a rule that presidents must attend D-Day celebration each and every year. Since George H.W.Bush never attended a ceremony at Arlington during his presidency.

      Ronald Reagan attended D-Day celebrations once on the 40th anniversary and that was the only time during his 8 years in office he attended the celebration..
      George W. Bush attended D-Day ceremonies once in his 8 years in 2001.
      Below is the full text of what President Obama said in 2009 at the 65th Anniversary of D-Day.

      June 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  4. mumbledork

    Bill just can't get over not being president.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Bill never did know which end was up. Maybe the truth is finally getting thru.Famous last words: WE COULD GIVE YOU MORE OF YOUR MONEY BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO SPEND IT.so send it to us, Huh Bill.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:15 am |
  6. Jules

    Come on, Bill, get with the program. I'm a huge fan of Bill Clinton, but he would drive me nuts if I had to campaign with him. He still thinks he's the big dog.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  7. Steve, New York City

    Bill Clinton was a good president. Maybe it comes with the territory, but his "hubris" seems to be out of control to me (I met him once in 2003 – I'd never want to get on his bad side).

    I think that he IS sabotaging Obama, b/c he's annoyed that Hillary wasn't picked to be Obama's running mate. Furthermore, I have always been a little suspicious of his motives – the guy can wield his personality like a dagger, he talked up diversity many times (yet, especially in his 2nd term, he had one of the most SHOCKINGLY NON-DIVERSE cabinets in recent history) . . . he generally put a good effort into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process . .but this got partially tarnised by random cruise missile attacks on Somalia and Afghanistan (all while the Monica Lewinsky scandal was raging).

    June 7, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  8. Jersey Bill

    Clinton's ego is bigger that Obama's ears of his wife's big azz.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  9. Markn

    Bill Clinton is a brilliant man (minus the Monica issue). What we should be saying is, "what is he up to?" I don't trust him.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  10. BLKMANnAmerica

    Everyone loves B.C...but WHY on earth are repuks and the media acting as if they love him as well..................SUCH FAKES *&#%^.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  11. jean2009

    First you need to read President Clinton's full statement...not just pick and choose what fits the idiot GOP Think Dumb Tank.

    He clearly states that congress is to blame for the jobs problem.
    That the Bush tax cuts should be extended, but not for the wealthy.
    That the Euro debt crisis is complicating the problem.
    He stated the GOP should quit trying to cut the deficit until the economy improves.


    In my opinion, we have been in the Bush recession/depression since 2007. A recession in 2013 isn't new it is the same stew. It may take 10-12 years to recoup from the damage the Bush presidency did to this country. It will be a slow process.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • John

      "First you need to read President Clinton's full statement...not just pick and choose what fits the idiot GOP Think Dumb Tank."
      Jean, this is a topic on ALL the news stations and talk shows. I have seen more libs throw Clinton under the bus this week than I could count. The funny thing is Obama needs Clinton. Another odd thing is we are not seeing Hillary out front for Obama.
      It seems to me you libs are looking for anything to hang your hat on these days. Your superstar Clinton is not towing the party line and he is being called out BY DEMS!! You can try to blame repubs, because blame seems to be what libs do best, but only the libs are paying attention these days...
      BTW, Jean, did you see the Times today bashing Romney because he has money? Funny how we didn't see anything on Kerry when he ran – AND KERRY IS WORTH MORE THAN ROMNEY (at least his wife is).

      June 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • jean2009

        I@John I bet you didn't read the full statement.

        NEWS FLASH: Kerry is not on the ticket or running for president in 2012...the GOP did all the dirt they could do about his money in 2004.
        @ bob The Hoover GOP Trickle Down Depression ran from 1929-1940 about 11 years. So quit calling this a recession.
        George W. Bush put this country into a depression with his failed policies of trickle down economics..Read George W. Bush depression 2007-2012




        BTW: I lived the Reagan years, and yes it took a long time for working people to recover from his failed policy of GOPBERMENT for the rich.

        It wasn't until Clinton's presidency that things turned around.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • bob

      A slow process????? History shows without argument that the worse the economic slump, the faster the recovery. "Great Depressions" recoveries average 10 months, with the longest being 16 months. Economists classify 12 periods of "Great Depression" level. We're approaching 5 years. In 9/83, less than 1 year into the Reagan recovery, 1.1 million jobs were created in a single month. After a year, unemployment fell 3.6%, and in Reagan's 2nd year, GDP grew 6.8%. "Take a long time to recover???" You are crazy.

      June 7, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • jean2009

        The greater the recession the slower the recovery period.



        Which just goes to show that every aspect of our economy is based on the manufacture of homes, home ownership, and people not losing their jobs... or their home. Until the housing situation is solved there will be problems.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • DoNotWorry

        Those recoveries were before the full toll of globalization by global megacorporations. They drain the U.S. every year of jobs... and still take our tax dollars. We can't stop them from removing jobs; however we can stop the tax benefits and welfare checks to these bloated behemoths.

        June 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thank You ...DoNotWorry That is exactly the main reason the Euro crisis is causing such a problem here. We are no longer a single economic house we are a part of a world economy. Our first move should be the cut welfare subsidies for big corporations, many of which no longer owe any allegiance to the American worker or taxpayer.

        June 8, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  12. RightyTighty

    I have renewed faith is Bill Clinton for standing on his own two legs and speaking the truth. With all that obama has done to hurt this country Clinton was brave enough to separate himself from the decline. Clinton has a better shot at getting re-elected again than obama does and when the dust settles the supporters of obama will be covered in the dung of a failed presidency. The dems will be set back for 20 years because of obama

    June 7, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  13. B.

    One thing is abundantly clear, you never know for sure what Clinton will say.. He can save you or kill you with a few words.

    He loves the stage lights.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  14. bob

    Our Preezy of the United Steezy needs to slap this boy down.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  15. DEcember 2012


    June 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  16. FedUpInSeattle

    I think Clinton having been the only President (with help of the GOP congress blocking his biggest spending plans) had the only modern day government to spend less than was being brought in with taxes, is really secretly hoping Obama looses. I think this is the problem with Politics today. The Dems and Reps are so worried about towing the party line that nothing gets fixed. Clinton know based on his Presidency that Obama's economic plan is NOT WORKING. By coming out and saying something that supports the GOP position but then later recanting or clarifing, lets people smart enough to understand his wink and nod get the picture of what he really thinks. Clinton is one of the smartest politicians alive today. It was brilliant how when the GOP wanted to slow the growth of spending on programs he and his team took the difference of lets say 9% growth and 7% growth and called that 2% CUTS. It played with the public like a country fiddle at a Hoedown. He wants Obama to lose because he know we can't sustain another 4 years of that, I just wish the Dem party would not throw him under the bus for telling the truth.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  17. DoNotWorry

    Clinton about trashed Hillary's run for the Presidency in 2008. He's a loose cannon. Deregulation of banks and NAFTA were really bad decisions by Clinton... not to mention that he ignored Brooksley Borne when she tried to pull the plug on the derivatives market that caused the global meltdown.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • jean2009

      The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 was written by three republicans; it was the act which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • Steveo


        Why do you omit the fact the BILL you rail against was signed into LAW by a DEM president, Bill Clinton! BILLS have NO authority, LAWS do! So, if GLB destroyed the economy, you can thank Clinton WHO SIGNED IT (who had had the option to veto it but didn't) and EVERYONE to include EVERY DEM for that! Not sure why you keep forgeting who signed it. I take that back, I KNOW why!

        June 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  18. Marilyn

    It appears to me that Bill Clinton is acting like he's running for president. He's loving the spotlight.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Marilyn

    Something is going on..first Biden and his "oops" moment (outing same-sex marriage before Obama)..then Bill Clinton's ("oops") statement re extending Bush's tax cuts..so...what's going on here..

    June 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Twila

    I love Bill Clinton, even when he's wrong. I can't say that about too many other people – or politicians! He's human and he admits (and explains) his mistakes – which is more than what most public figures will do these days.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  21. jane chia

    He has already clarified about the temporary tax extension comment and he and Obama are on the same page in complimenting Romney for his performance in Bain in making profits . They were not after private equities but were making the point that Romney is not the job creator that he has claimed to be, a major point of contention in this election. His Mass. records also showed his dismal performance on job creation compared to when he took office and when he left and to 46 other states.

    June 8, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  22. jane chia

    Voters in this season have to be beware of all the money that is flowing into the Republican ads ,esp from Super Pacs. Please do not have amnesia to what happened to John Kerry(Swiftboat ad where after election, it was found that that was a lie and so disgraceful to dishonor someone who put their lives at stake for the country and fellow comrades), events at Wisconsin( a Governor who has been caught on tape on his conversation to Koch Bros,possible indictment in John doe,etc) and so many misrep by Romney, total misrep ,eg Obama never created jobs,or put down his killing of Osama as "anyone would have done the same",etc. I am not saying the Dems and Obama are Saints , they too have some misrep but never to that extent nor does not give credit when it is due. With money, if you tell a lie 100 times, it will become a truth to the listener and TV watcher. Also, think what happened in Europe with drastic austerity drive!!! Learn from others' mistakes.Please check statistics of the gap of poverty , compare job creations with past decade,etc to fact check all claims by both and be honest but not bias in forming conclusions. A good Christian would do that.
    Also, think of what kind of leaders you would want your children to look up to. One who is an opportunist(change positions to suit wherever the advantage is), arrogant, superficial,lacking in sincere compassion, greedy, selfish or one who is principled, humble ,more truthful , sincere and compassionate and have more integrity.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Steveo

      ONLY HALF right! The second half, which you blatently forgot was all the money flowing into the Dem coffers. What's up with that? $28K for lunch, $40K for dinner. Hollywood, Bon Jovi! Yet you somehow forgot to mention that!

      June 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Steveo

      One who is an opportunist(change positions to suit wherever the advantage is), arrogant, superficial,lacking in sincere compassion, greedy, selfish or one who is principled, humble ,more truthful , sincere and compassionate and have more integrity
      Really? You just described almost ALL politicians! Why are you excusing the Dems, who do the same thing?

      June 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm |