Readers' Views on Clinton's Speech
"Just saying it doesn't make it so."
Clinton said "he takes full responsibility" but
then turns around and blames Starr. Taking full
responsibility is more than just saying the words.
What actions will he do to take responsibility?
I would guess none.
I am still waiting for an apology from a man
it seems I can no longer trust. I voted for
Clinton for change. What has changed? It's
politics as usual.
The President did not answer my questions, nor did I think his speech
was not as contrite as it should have been. He again took the opportunity to
attack Starr, who is only doing his job. I feel that he is still not telling
the full truth in regards to whether or not he encouraged Monica Lewinsky to
NO!! What about the "other matters" he has emphatically denied he knew
about such as Filegate, all about White Water, Travel Gate, other women,
money from the Chinese, etc.? Was he lying then, too?
It only sounded like a man who was extremely sorry that he got caught
-- and who was only "willing" to take responsibility because he had to (due
to mounting evidence, etc.). To me, this is just an unfortunate story of the
American people getting what we deserve -- when we are willing to elect an
individual with an extreme lack of integrity to the highest office in our
President Clinton is repulsive. The way he treats women is repulsive.
I will be glad when he goes away in 2001. I am a republican and I would
rather have Al Gore as president than that despicable man occupying the
Absolutely. Now, please let the president do the job we elected him to
Hallo America - no other problems ?
Partially. I know he has regrets, what I don't
know is how will he go about picking up the
pieces. Not only the personal family impacts,
but the plan to gain credibility in once again
leading the nation. How much energy can he and
his staff give to the Presidency vs how much will
be drained in fighting off Starr's report.
Frankly, I hope that all this drives a stake through the heart of this
idea of an "Imperial Presidency;" that our leaders have to be larger than
life. We elect these people to lead the nation -- not our bedrooms.
Starr has exceeded his bounds. He should be fired.
What has me the most upset, beside Clinton admitting he's a liar and a
cheat, is the fact that he also admitted to having "...a critical lapse in
judgement". If he can't be trusted to make the right decisions to be faithful
to his wife, then how can we trust him to make the right decisions about our
country? Selling missile technology to China is just one example of how he
sold us out just like he sold his wife out - he has made a mockery out of the
presidency and shamed all of America. Impeach the lying, cheating coward!
Yes. He should never have been asked about it to begin with...it is
nobody's business. The Bill of Rights guarantees us the right of privacy.
His rights have been violated.
Frankly, Clinton sounds like a sore loser! He is not at all remorseful for
what he had done but instead blamed in on Ken Starr. His friends and
confidantes are not much better. They all made it sound like it was Ken
Starr's fault that he had to lie.
As far as I know, the President is a public figure. What he says and does
means a lot to his citizens. What makes him think that he can screw around
and then expects his citizens to pretend nothing ever happens. What we have
now is a President who thinks he can get away with anything; he has no moral,
no character, no integrity and has no respect for his citizens, country, or
Having said all these, I think the saddest part of the whole ordeal is that
there all people out there who agree with him and that we should all pretend
nothing ever happened! I wonder what these folks with teach their children.
What values? What morals?
He said what was necessary and, rightly, told people it was nobody's
business. It's not. I've long been tired of this media spectacle.
Indirectly - His defiant attitude convinced me that this is a self-serving
A simple "I'm sorry America for my actions" would have changed my opinion of
the whole affair.
The speech was a culmination of the right wing conspiracy that Hillary has
talked about. The right has not gotten over the fact that Clinton, poor white
trash from Arkansas, actually won the presidency. The Starr investigation is
the thin edge of a very wide wedge that will continue to blur the lines
between public and private life. Our future presidents must have pockets of
privacy - someplace where the media and political investigators are banned. I
think Clinton fell into temptation, and let's face it, th
ere are women and men out there who will use anything, including sex, to get
what they want. Clinton is in the big leagues, so he should've have expected
this barrage of hate. It's between Hillary and Bill - if she comes out
against him, so be it.
If this is the kind of explanation Mr. Clinton gives when he is "telling the
truth" about a deeply divisive and wrenching national subject, how are we to
believe any of his other denials and explanations?
The essence of leadership is trustworthiness. This President is throwing that
quality in our faces daring anyone to distrust him. The evidence will conquer
He answered my questions alright. I wondered if he was capable of
talking straight for once in his life, and he demonstrated that he is not.
He's a slick word manipulator, and a blame shifter.
deceptive speech and had an air of self pity to it.
Yes, my question was answered. His sex life is not important
to me. The independent counsel started out investigating the president
and his wife's financial investment and ended in investigating his personal
sexual life. Ken Starr has gone to far. He is on a fishing expedition. No
saint has ever been elected president
and no saint will ever hold this office. Starr is a republican that is hell
bent on getting the president
at the american taxpayers expense. I find this appalling. The investigation
should be dropped. We are all sick and
tired of it. I think the $40 million could have been used in a more
effective manner. Let us investigate Ken Starr.
Deny, delay, demonize the opposition. The Clintons' game plan hasn't
changed at all. Amazing that this country has fallen so far that it even
thinks about buying into their lies. I guess we get what we deserve, and that
only the ensuing pain will teach us to change our ways. This thing ain't
over. When Starr produces his report, it likely will be clear that last
night's speech was another total lying diversion.
The President at first, seemed quite apologetic and genuinely
remorseful about this whole thing. Toward the end of his speech, however,
his challenge to Ken Starr seemed a bit too strong. He needed to be more
Yes. I think, though, that whatever his faults as a family man, he
should have been permitted to avoid such public humiliation. He's a fine
President, evidenced in part by his ability to concentrate on his job as
President to the extent that he has recently.
It answered my questions, and proved my
disappointment in a man I thought was more
honorable than this. He could have put a stop
to this long ago by not lying to his family
and to the public. What a waste of what could
have been a brilliant presidency.
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