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Clintonisms: The Amusing, Confusing, and Even Suspect Musing, of Billary Hardcover – January 28, 2008

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“Bill and I didn’t come to Washington to do business as usual and compromise.” -- Hillary Clinton
“Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that.” -- Bill Clinton, as a student, to a female acquaintance
“The only way to make a difference is to acquire power.” -- Hillary Clinton, in her senior year of college
“I am a Cubs fan, but I needed an American League team…so as a young girl, I became very interested and enamored of the Yankees.” –Hillary Clinton
“It feels like coming home.” – Bill Clinton, while strolling through Harlem, February 2001
“My husband may have his faults, but he has never lied to me.” – Hillary Clinton
“If we did something improper, then how come we lost money?” – Hillary Clinton
“The 22nd Amendment should probably be modified to say two consecutive terms instead of two terms for a lifetime.” – Bill Clinton
“There may come a time when we have elected a president at age 45 or 50 and then 20 years later the country comes up with the same sort of problems the president faced before, and the people would like to bring that man or woman back.” – Bill Clinton, speech at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston, May 28, 2003

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling & Ross, Cambridge House Press (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978721330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978721336
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,110,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just finished "Clintonisms," by Julia Gorin. Gotta admit, as a Democrat I felt a tad disloyal picking it up, but the "slumlord" comment Hillary hurled at Barack Obama in the last Democratic debate really put me off. So I let myself indulge. Basically, Clintonisms is a conglomeration of quotations uttered by the Clintons, and about them by others, during their long and scandal-ridden public life, with joke set-ups above the quotes. Some are pretty funny (preceding a reporter's description of Clinton, "His sturdy jaw precedes him," Gorin writes, "THAT'S NOT HIS JAW.") But even more important, this fun little read of a book crystallizes some uncomfortable truths that even some of us Democrats had to face by the time Bill left office dispensing hundreds of last-minute pardons and swiping "62 keyboards, 26 cell phones ... and ten antique doorknobs," among other items from The White House (quotation courtesy of--I never thought I'd be quoting them--Fox News!!!): the Clinton administration exhibited more than its share of corruption. Now we see some of that pattern coming to haunt progressives in the form of the Clintons' underhanded attacks on Barack. Vital reading here for anyone who wants to better understand the Clinton attack machine. Super fun read, too.
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Author Julia Gorin has compiled a highly amusing collection of quotations from Bill and Hillary Clinton taken over the years that reflect their (often slippery) stands on a number of issues. With her intrinsic rapier wit, Gorin nails "Billary" in a seemingly endless stream of contradictions, nonsequiturs,and inanities.All based on properly cited quotations direct from the Clintons' mouths.

Adding to the humor, Gorin has juxtaposed paragraph headings that illustrate the contradictory, paranoid,and occasionally irrational mindset that the Clinton couple brings to the nation. Focusing on Hillary's constant "blame the victim" behavior when confronted with a GFOB (girl friend of Bill) is a prime example. William Jefferson Clinton's sudden inability to distinguish words like "is" and "sex" is another.

In this nuclear meltdown political season Gorin's book is a must-read for everyone regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. Facing the daunting prospect of not one but both of these people back in the White House - fighting over who is the real president? - it is important to regain mental perspective. Gorin's excellent book helps the reader do exactly that.

While you're buying a copy for yourself remember to send a few to your friends. All of you will enjoy the great humor and the timely reminders of aberrant Clintonisms.
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These are the most outrageous things the Clintons (and their associates)have ever said, plus hilarious titles by the author. It would be well worth your while remembering these during Hillary's presidential campaign. After eight years of Bush, people forget what the Clinton era was really like.
My favorite story was Hillary's ridiculous tall tale of her attempt to join the Marines. Titled Hamburger Hill by the author, Hillary says in an interview, "I decided I was very interested in having some experience in serving in some capacity in the military." She continues, "So I walked into our local [Marine] recruiting office...This young man looked at me and he said, 'How old are you?"...I said, 'Well, twenty-seven,'...I had these really thick glasses on. He said, ' How bad's your eyesight?' I said, 'It's pretty bad.' And he finally said to me, 'You're too old. You can't see. And you're a woman.' He said, 'But maybe the dogs [army] would take you.' This [was] not a very encouraging conversation... so [I thought] maybe I'll look for another way to serve my country."
Hillary later says that "research shows that the presence of women [in government] raises the standards of ethical behavior and lowers
Somehow, I find both stories a little hard to believe.
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To read Julia Gorin's "Clintonisms. The Amusing, Confusing, and Suspect Musings of Billary" is to be transported back to the time of the Clinton presidency. With no time off for good behavior.

In those days, anyone still able to make bail camped out by their mailbox for the next edition of "The American Spectator." Month after month, we could read there the most amazing stories of people who had by some cosmic joke come to control the civil and military power of the federal government of the United States. Though two highly intelligent people with law degrees from Yale, no less, Bill and Hillary Clinton were, it became clear, individuals suited instead to careers as Demolition Derby drivers. For eight years, we reveled in the spectacle of their going after ideological and legal enemies as they would have had they been behind the wheel, respectively, of a 1963 Studebaker Wagonaire and a 4-door 1959 DeSoto Sportsman Friday evenings in Conway, Arkansas.

Julia Gorin has made a careful compilation of the Clintons' own words with her own witty commentary and some great lines from Saturday Night Live, Dennis Miller, and Jay Leno, among others. It is a crystal clear a picture of two limited people whose inner compasses were so bent they should have gotten no closer to the White House than the second window of the Hot Springs McDonalds.

Our natural temptation is to think that any resident of the White House and his wife are pretty much like the previous ones. Probably, we hope that the electoral process winnows out poseurs, flaneurs, gamblers, climbers, and others living principle-free lives. Maybe we even think that that process identifies and disqualifies people who seek the office of Commander in Chief but who have actual contempt for the nation's armed forces.
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