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Readers's Views on Clinton's Speech
Clinton, Lewinsky, Starr
Did the president's speech answer your questions?

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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."
Elizabeth Mead
San Francisco



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.
Juliet Crumrine
Alexandria, VA



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.
sheela bhatt
Mumbai



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.
Dania L. Brown
Washington D. C.



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 easily. 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.
Lucy Chiu
Gaithersburg, Md.



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.
Merrily Kubida
Jacksonville, FL



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.
Purgahn
St. Charles



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!
Active Duty Naval Officer
Rota, Spain



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 and resign.
George Steinback
Mechanicsville, MD 20659



No, he's a liar that doesn't want to take any responsibility for anything.
Mark S. McClanahan
Charlotte, NC



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.
Sara Akbar
Washington, D.C.



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.
P. Kenny Burns
Hyattsville



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.
Brad Beaty
Nashville TN



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.
Jennifer
Silver Spring MD



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!
Greg Dardick
Mechanicsburg, PA



I was looking for the words, "I will resign from the Office of the President of the United States of America..."
Lawrence Norris
Chicago, IL



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.
Barbara Evans
Washington, DC



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.
Tim Geis
Alexandria, Virginia



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.
William Coombs
Mesa AZ



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 !
GEORGE BOWLES
MIDLOTHIAN , VA



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.
Vivek Bhatia
San Francisco



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.
Mike P.
Takoma Park



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 and lies. 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.
D.E.C.
Newport Beach



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 compulsive liars
Tom Dyson
Bellevue NE



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.
Kevin M. Briscoe
Fairfax, VA



No. We needed to hear from a leader. What we got was a lawyer.
Simon McNally
Pittburgh PA



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 responsibility.
Brian Tenney
Yakima, WA



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 not-very-significant issue.
Ms. Lee Johnson
Camp Hill, PA



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 capabilities.
J.A. Meyer
Chicago



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 told. 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 character.
John Taht
Washington, DC



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.
Sarah W.
Washington, DC



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.
Christian Evans
Washington DC

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