Readers's Views on Clinton's Speech
What I got out of the President's speech was that he was sorry for
lying only because he got caught and it was embarrassing. He never really
said he was sorry or ashamed for having lied in the first place. He said
he'd take responsibility for lying. But he didn't really. A lie is a lie. I
watched him in January pound the podium and say he didn't have sex with
Monica and now he says he did. But he is only admitting to it because he got
caught. What ELSE is he lying to us about? When can we believe
e him about anything? Remember the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you.
fool me twice, shame on me."
Yes, it answered my questions. I hope Judge Starr will leave it alone
now. The President of the United States should be allowed to run the country.
No. President Clinton is a very ordinary man. Due to mother destiny he became the P of USA.
Almighty President is looking dwarf. Oh, America
forget your dream of leading the world.
I'm glad it's over now. The only person this
hurt was his wife and daughter. As long as he
does his job I'm happy. Leave the man alone
and get a life.
I did not find Clinton's speech sincere and remorseful.
He should have apologized to the American people
for lying to them all these seven months about
his relationship with Monica. He should have been
truthful in January, and admitted to this relationship.
I think the American people would have forgiven him more
With that comment, I don't think Clinton should be impeached, I just hope he will be honest from now on, and watch his
behavior. He certainly is NOT A GOOD ROLE MODEL
for our youth with this act.
I did not expect a lot from the President, but I did expect him to show
more remorse. He showed very little. The President came across as defiant,
not truly sorry. I think he is only sorry he was caught. If he wasn't
backed into a corner, he wouldn't have admitted anything. This man DOES NOT
believe laws apply to him. I WONDER WHO IS REALLY RUNNING OUR COUNTRY. The
flaws in his character truly frightens me.
Ho Hum, it was as expected. He's still lying
and playing games; trying to deflect attention
to the cost of the investigation and Starr; only
because of all the roadblocks. It irritates me
that he treats us Americans like idiots and even
more so that we let him/them; as long as the
economy is doing just fine, do what you want.
No. I wonder how the President is going to
answer to the military officer's he kicked out
for the same behavior? It's not about being a
nice guy. He is the Commander in Chief and the
example to thousands of military people who are
held to a higher standard. His personal life
isn't personal, he's the President. Wake up America!
No he did not answer my questions. Sex in the
Oval Office with a White House intern is not a
private matter. If he had left off the editorial
about the Independent Counsel, I would be more
willing to accept his apology. He is still blaming
others for his wrongful behavior and for getting
caught. If his family is the most important thing
in his life, he should do the country a favor
No, he's a liar that doesn't want to take any responsibility for
It wasn't any of my business in the first place. But I did listen to
the speach and I agree with the President. I don't think anyone in America
would want Ken Starr in their bedroom.
The speech answered my questions. Also, the speech said a lot. We
really need to move on and let the president deal with his family and God.
No he did not answer my questions and how
ironic the accused attacks the accuser. Also,President
Clinton should be made to pay for extra cost incurred
during the last 8 months.
No. The president's speech did not answer my
question, which from the beginning of this
story has been: 'What does this have to do
with whitewater?' I thought Kenneth Starr
was investigating whitewater.
The President's speach last night was pathetic. He took no
responsibility for his actions. Part of taking responsibility is apologizing
and making right what we have done wrong. What he did last night was not take
responsibility, no instead he opted to attack Starr. What we got last night
was a truly sad showing from a man with no conscience!
I was looking for the words, "I will resign
from the Office of the President of the
United States of America..."
Mr. Clinton's speech answered all that I need and want to know about
this sex scandal. Now we need to let it rest. My children are even tired of
hearing about this issue.
If President Clinton had said the same thing eight months ago, I would
have no problem with it. However, after leading on his family, his staff,
the government and most of all, the American people, I have lost all respect
for him. He might be a good President, but he has lousy common sense. It
would not surprise me if he had a stack of resignations a mile high when he
gets back from vacation. If Al Gore wants to drop the "Vice" from his title,
he better distance himself.
No! I am no friend of Clintons,but I probably could have forgiven him if,
Ms. Lewinsky had been closer to his own age, and it was an isolated incident.
As a married man it is my responsibility to refrain from sexual advances of
women. He more so, since he is in the most powerful office on earth. Doesn't
he have any self control?
He should have to answer to us the American people. And if proven that he
lied under oath, he should resign or face impeachment.
NO.. HE NEVER USED THE PHRASE " I'M SORRY " OR USED THE WORD
APOLOGIZE... HE JUST CONTINUED TO LIE.. HE NEEDS TO RESIGN OR BE FORCED OUT
BY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE... THE ONES HE LIED TO !
It answered as much as I wanted to know. I really don't think we
should care about anything else, but then again, in a land where Jerry
Springer, COPS, and Hard Copy reign supreme, I'm probably in the minority.
I for one, do not want someone who had an 18-month long "critical lapse
in judgement" to be in charge of our nuclear arsenal.
No, the President did NOT answer my question.
I wanted him to explain himself and his behaviour.
Instead, all we got was this shifting of blame
onto Ken Starr. An overly weak move, by the way.
The President's haughty attitude in that he is
above the law appalls me. He was the one that
came before us wanting to lead us onto a higher
plateau. Instead, we have nothing but deception
I wanted to express my deepest concern on this
incident and what it may mean for our future.
In the future, children will be taught that
all public officials can act however they choose
to, given the boundaries of the penal code. This
simply is not how it should be. The Presidency
IS directly related to The President.
I absolutely am abhorred at his remarks as to how
it is a private matter. I believe that he gave up
that privacy when he ran for PUBLIC office. It's
an assumption of risk, and now he wants privacy?
What is he suggesting? So long as Hillary forgives
him, that makes it okay?
Impeach, Impeach, Impeach!
My condolences to Hillary and Chelsea for having
to live with this embarrassment for the rest of
their natural lives.
I'm mostly sympathetic towards Chelsea. At least
Hillary CHOSE to marry this man, whereas Chelsea
had no choice which family she was to be born into.
I am outraged at President Clinton's lack of concern for the American people,
the country and the Constitution.
He has absolutely no shame. He won't admit that there would be no
investigation, had his behavior been above reproach. From Whitewater to
travelgate filegate etc. until zippergate. It is clear that Mrs. Clinton is
the classic enabler. Both of them should join a 12-sstep program for
President Clinton -- no doubt because of his own flawed actions -- was forced
to reveal to the public certain aspects of his private life. No private
citizen in the country would EVER be faced with that dilemma. As Barney
Frank suggested in last night's post-speech spinfest, the president in not
above the law, but neither should he be several degrees beneath it.
I am part of the 70 percent of the country who approves of Clinton's
presidency. His character flaws, in this case, are issues for he and Mrs.
Clinton to address ... not the public, not Congress, not the money-eating,
time-consuming Special Counsel.
He misled us, he admitted it ... now we as a country must move on. He still
has my support, warts and all.
No. We needed to hear from a leader. What we got was a lawyer.
Clinton did not answer my question: "Will he
take responsibility for his actions?" He said
that he was taking responsibility for his actions
but the majority of his speech focused on the
wrong doings of others: prying into personal
lives, political motivation, etc.. Children
often use similar tactics, pointing out others
faults to mask their own. He says he is taking
responsibility but at the same time tries mask that
Yes, but he should have sounded more contrite. I am a registered
independent. I am disappointed in Clinton, but believe the independent
counsel has done irreparable damage to our country over a
Yes. The President was magnificent in defending himself and his family
from an inquisitor gone amuck.Starr should retreat now and seek counsul from
his main allies in the Republican party and his co-authors(Jones, Tripp) on
his upcoming book. These are deranged people who won't quit until they taste
blood. The American public in general does not care about the President's
private life! He is a charismatic and gifted leader of high intellectual
I for one think last night's display of
self-abasement was a disgrace to this country.
The story here is not, as Hillary Clinton
said, the vast right wing conspiracy against
the President, but rather a tabloid culture
that is threatening to destroy the
intellectual and spiritual life of this country.
Why were these questions asked of the President?
How many Presidents during this century alone
have had affairs? Eisenhower
had a lasting affair with his driver; we all
know about Kennedy; Roosevelt had a mistress,
while his wife had relationships with women;
Ronald Reagan got divorced, so we can only
imagine how hard he worked on that
marriage. Maybe we should ask Jane Wyman if
he had affairs?
Would Eisenhower have told the truth if asked
about his affair? Would Roosevelt have? These
questions would never have been asked, nor
should they be now. Those who seek to condemn
the President for lying ought to look closer
to home to see what lies they have recently
Let's leave moral issues like these
where they belong---in the homes of American
citizens, and not in the courtroom, or in the
court of public opinion, where any hypocrite, or
worse, can become a judge of a stranger's moral
I am willing to move past without answers to the big questions since we
are talking about the president's personal/private life. The one thing I'm
not willing to move past is the lack of apology. When confronted by the media
with allegations of the affair he chose to go on national television and deny
the allegations. Last night he admitted that he misled the public but failed
to apologize for what amounts to a bald-faced lie that tortured the public
for 7+ months. He should have made a very emphatic
ic statement of apology to the American public for so boldly deceiving them.
If he wants forgiveness, he'll have to ask for it.
Although I did not hear to entire speech, I felt that I heard enough to
have some doubts. My question was Have you truly and earnestly repented Pres.
Clinton? Have you been led to Christ for forgiveness to move on? I cannot
judge whether or not this has happen, however, from what I did hear in the
speech, my spirit has doubt.
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