Readers's Views on Clinton's Speech
I am very supportive to the president. It is very
unfortunate and shameful that the independent
counsel would like to pursue such a ludicrous
investigation. It is time to leave the elected
president alone. Mr Starr is out of control.
Already knew the answer! President Clinton is incapable of distinguishing
between the truth or a lie.
He's made a political life out of being able to look the public straight in
the face and lie. In his mind, there is probably
nothing wrong with the way he has treated the American people over the past
6-7 months. He certainly believes in what he said last night,
but those who understand the seriousness of his actions and the harm he has
done to the presidency, know that the American people can ill afford
to just move on without the President being held accountable for his actions.
He has embarrassed us all and continues to do so.
No, it didn't answer my questions, because my question is, "How can you
now convince me that you are fit to lead our Nation?" His lame speech
demonstrated that he continues to be the same evasive character, and will
never again convince the Nation, when looking at us straight in the eye, that
he is being truthful. When he goes into the revered Oval Office he cannot,
as no one can, leave his "other character" behind upstairs. Character
counts, and he does not have the character to lead this Blessed
NO, I've heard better explanations from my daughter. Water down the
truth and deflect the responsibility or blame someone else for their
problem. Clinton did not apologize to the people he hurt because of his
lies, or apologize to the youth of this nation for his actions. That is why
I know he just don't care except he got caught this time. What about the
next time he lies. This president has done more to cause the break down
of family values more than any one man in recent history. This is
President Clinton is the truly the greatest president since President
Kennedy. He is a caring person that walks into any crowd of people and
really listens to what they have to say. The polls suggest we, the people
are still behind our president. The republicans and the media need to put
this X-RATED investigation to rest. We are so tired of hearing this. There
are times that I try to find out information of news worthy items or events
and it just isn't there. We are a large nation in large wor
ld. I know there are many news-worthy happenings and events that aren't
covered. News talk-shows are beginning to sour my stomach. Each show is a
rerun of the last, mostly with the same people.
Mr. Clinton did not answer anything. He should have apologized to the
American people, Mr. Starr and Monica Lewinsky, and then have gone on Larry
King Live and had distinguished journalists ask him questions about this
entire affair, so that we could have gotten an adequate explanation for his
behavior. Then we would have had a basis to judge him. I am not sure that
this would have exonerated him, but as things are, we just have more stalling
and lying. He has only one option now: he must resign.
Yes. The investigation should have focused on the Whitewater in the first
place and absolutely
should not step into his private life. If America is so obsessed with our
leaders' sexual purity, why don't we just invite the Pope to be our president?
Not at all. At the very least, I expected an apology, not an attack on
the prosecutor. The man is a liar and a cheat who thinks he can fool all of
the people all of the time.
Bill, are you really concerned about the forty million dollars spent on this
If your answer is Yes, then you should resign.
For if you don't, it will cost the American people another $40,000,000.00 to
You are no better than any executive or officer that has been held
accountable for the same offenses. You took an oath, that you have not lived
Why blame Mr Starr? He is doing his JOB. It is like someone blaming the
cop when he or she caught speeding!!
I wondered if he would shift the blame..
I suppose there has never been a crook that didn't tell all around that the
cops were the real problem here.
No.! President Clinton has weaved a pattern of lies that finally
caught up with him. The only reason he even discussed this with the American
people and the grand jury was because the evidence was about to tell us what
most of us already believed. Rather than show remorse, he did what most
criminals do blame those that trapped him in his lies and deceit. He's only
sorry he got caught not for his actions. How can we trust this man? Does
anyone really believe he didn't try to cover his tracks or
block the investigation? Heaven help us if he continues to get away without
consequence for these despicable actions.
Absolutely. I didn't need to know in the first place. It's about time
he stood up for his own personal freedom. If this kind of scrutiny keeps up,
no one will want the Presidency and it will just be one more job to cruise
over in the classifieds.
Clinton's Speech was vague and defensive and unapologetic. The only
thing Clinton is sorry about is getting caught, otherwise he would have come
forward truthfully a long time ago. His marriage is nothing more than a
front and he has yet to prove he can be trusted. Whether the American public
wants to believe this or not doesn't matter but Clinton did in fact put the
country's national security at risk with his behavior!!!!!
The important thing here is to set an example for future authority and
future generations. Clinton lied under oath PERIOD. No matter how it was
worded or danced around, he lied. Then he wasted our tax dollars trying to
cover up that lie. I sure hope that Congress sets some new laws for our
future President. More so for our future generations so they know that a
majority of the nation doesn't think it's proper to lie under oath under ANY
CIRCUMSTANCE! And so they don't think its a good thing to be
a liar and a cheat. Presidents may have private lives, but we don't have to
pay for them and then sweep them under the rugs because no one wants to deal
The President's complaint about the length of time of the investigation
SHOULD include a statement that his stonewalling caused most of the delay.
If the president truly cares as much for this country as he says, he
should realize that we deserve better than to be lied to and we would respect
him a whole lot more if he would just resign and go work on getting his
family life back in order.
If Mr. Clinton is ready for Starr to stop "prying into private
lives," why doesn't he fire Starr? If Starr's actions are so outrageous,
why doesn't Attorney General Janet Reno Jerk his leash back? I was hoping to
Clinton apologize for his lies to me and the rest of the American people.
he couldn't even bring himself to say the word "lie" or any other words of
He blamed someone else for his actions and the consequences of them.
Forget all this talk of "get beyond this." You lied to ME, Mr. President,
and you didn't even have the guts to say you were sorry.
The President of the U.S. should be the leader of the world. Mr.Clinton has
badly damaged the dignity of the U.S. Presidency. I am afraid that world leaders are
losing confidence in him too. I hope he will resign soon to protect position
of United States in the world.
I am truly humiliated by Clinton's continued denials of the truth. I
am not sure, however, that he truly believes he lied. There are two phrases
that fit him: pathological liar and sexual deviant.
I thought the president came across as a man who was sorry he was
caught and blamed the circumstances that caught him, not as a repentant man.
Clinton's "inappropriate relationship" with Lewinsky is a pardonable
sin; his not being honest under oath is an impeachable offense for a U.S.
President; and his behavior of using men and women and the trust of the
public is offense of the greatest degree.
All questions have been answered. I hope this story ends quickly, and
without further harm to the office of the president. Let the politicians
play with it from now on.
The man lied to his wife, child, friends, and American people. He
wagged his finger at the American people and said that he "did not have sex
with that woman." Now when he is caught in the lie, he wants to play the
role of the victim. That is absurd. He is the one who had the
"inappropriate relationship" with a very young lady. His so called apology
was a slap in the face. The president better hope that he does not have to
face another sexual harrassment charge.
No, his speech was carefully crafted to cast blame on others and admit
nothing. Nothing in the speech convinced me that he's telling the truth.
Has he ever? The damage to the office of the presidency is great. Clinton
Watching this whole thing has made me wonder
if there may not be a vast left wing conspiracy.
No, the president did not answer either "fully
or completely" as he promised to do. But what
good is his word? Continue the good work,
Ken Starr, one brave American.
If the issue were justice and not legal
technicalities the question would not be should
we impeach Mr. Clinton, but should we try Mr.
The president never said he was sorry for lying to the American public. His
speach was arrogant and self-serving.
How can a nation follow the lead of a president who lies to them?
Mr. Clinton mislead his family and the Nation of the U.S.A. and the
World. His speach was political and NOT apologetic .I think that if it would
be proven that he lied under oath, he should leave office.
No! The man is a total embarrassment - - - He is
devoid of morals and keeps trying to put himself
above the very law that he has previously sworn
He MUST RESIGN for the good of the country.
No! The Military Code of Justice should be the standard that Mr.
Clinton has to live up to. If he can not do that he needs to step down. He
has lied, cheated, and committed adultery and should be tried by the military
for these crimes. Any other military officer would be handed an article 15
and a dishonorable discharge.
No, but how can a lifelong liar convince
anyone that he will not repeat?
I would "feel better" if he said he will
"continue to lie"--that might change his habit!
What did he admit? Was he really contrite? Give
me a break!! The guy was cornered into admitting
what he did. If his number one concern is his
place in history then he finally got what he deserved!
If his family is so important then why doesn't he
resign and make amends.
The partisan apologists for Clinton should not
be sympathized for in the least. They either new it
was a possibility or should have used their heads that
there was a chance he was lying.
ABSOLUTELY NOT! More rather than less he said. Then a half hearted
vague apology for unspecified lies. Lies! Lies! Lies! What a sleaze and he
wants to move on. What felon would not want to have his prosecutor forget
every thing. Resignation is the only honorable thing for him to do. The law
prevents me from saying what I think should happen to him. He is a Man Child
and should grow up back in Arkansas.
His speech was the usual Clinton double talk. You think you hear one
thing and then when you think it over you know he meant something else. Very
deceptive!!! He even blames Mr. Starr for the money spent as he and his
misinformed aides caused one delay after another. I was hoping this would
help bring it to closure. It doesn't for me. Perhaps not for others as
they think of what was and wasn't said. I will wait for the investigation to
end to get my answers. Thank you.
Personally, I am tired of hearing about Clinton's
sexual behavior. If he lied to the American people, then he has
betrayed the trust of the people and should be removed from
office. If he truly regrets his actions and wants to make amends
by doing, as he says, "whatever it takes," and if he truly loves
his country, then he should resign.
No, because I don't believe he answered everything that Starr asked him.
He lied to the American people and his family 7 months ago so he probably
still is lying. The only reason he is admitting the relationship now is
because he was finally caught. He is not sorry that he did it, he is only
sorry that he was caught.
No, the president did not in any way resolve the reservations I had. I
really think he should resign for the good of the country, and for the
welfare of his family.
I think he did the right thing in admitting his mistakes and
apologizing to the people and his family. We elect human beings to high
offices and not angels or a Buddha or a Mother Theresa. We elected him to do
the job and let him handle the pressing domestic and international issues to
the best of his ability during the remainder of his term.
No, it did not, nor did I expect it to. Almost anyone who has not been
on Mars for the past seven months had to have a pretty good idea of the
presumed nature of the sexual contacts between Mr. Clinton and the intern. I
therefore really had only one question: "How do you justify directly lying
to the American people over an extended period of time?" This, of course,
was not answered by the President, which in itself says volumes concerning
his character. I am not so much anxious to have the Starr
probe completed as I am to have the Clinton Presidency behind us.
No. I believe Clinton did not want to give his speech. I think he was
under pressure by fellow Democrats. At the very least he should have said he
was sorry about delaying the investigation by 6 months. Instead he tried to
put the blame on Ken Starr.
No. The President of our country did not even use the word "apology"
for what he admitted (sort of) doing. And for those who think that what he
did wasn't so bad, just think about what would happen to you if you got
caught in your offices, doing what he did in his. You would be fired (at the
very least). And if you had committed perjury about it, you would be on your
way to jail. Think about it. Then, having been caught in his web of lies,
Clinton tried to blame Starr for his own peccadillos was incr
edibly bad. When President Truman said, "The Buck Stops Here", he sure wasn't
thinking about little Billy Clinton. Our President is sick. May God help us!
NO, Clinton is an inveterate liar who cares only about himself. His
character is so weak it is pitiful. It does answer the question of why he
dodged the draft while I went to Vietnam. It does explain his consistent
egregious behavior. What puzzles me is the polls versus the internet and chat
responses are diametrically opposed. On the internet, Clinton is trashed by
significant numbers - Democrat and Republican. I wish some journalist would
No. He answered only where denial would
constitute perjury before grand jury and took
the 4th where answering would be an admission of
perjury in Paula Jones case.
Beside there are far more serious crimes waiting
to erupt. Poor America!
No He only admitted to the lie he was caught in because of the dress.
He is still lying.
No. He's a manipulating, lying attorney and he took the weasel's way out. I
can't wait to see what America's response will be when Starr's report becomes
public knowledge. How many Americans will change their opinion when ALL of
the truth comes out?
Yes, The speech has made a impression on me. That Clinton
is sick and needs help fast.He also needs to resign.That circle has finally
come back around
to meet him. This is a small spec in the in the big picture. Star is my hero.
I voted for Clinton in the last two elections. I'm very disappointed
in his speech. What he appears to have completely ignored is the fact that
if he had told the truth in January the pain and expenses of the following
seven months would not have taken place. How can he blame Star for something
he is at least partially responsible for?
If my local married 52 year old High school principal had sex in the
school office with a 21 year old student teacher, we would not only tar and
feather him, but run him out of town. The President of the United States
should be held to higher standards than that even. He should resign. Didn't
he make Dick Morris resign for having an affair? Lastly, who said "If an
American president ever lied to the people of the United States, then he
should resign"? Answer, William Jefferson Clinton, 1974.
Bill Clinton's speech solidified my previously held beliefs that he is a
liar, a coward, and generally one of the worst leaders this country has ever
Having said that, I do not feel he should be impeached unless Ken Starr has
sufficient evidence to prove obstruction of justice. An impeachment based on
anything less than a clear violation of law would stain the Presidency, which
thanks to Mr. Clinton, has already been damaged enough.
Unfortunately, I believe that Clinton's double-speak, Starr's relentless
nitpicking, and the media's sensationalism has given the
United States of America a reputation around the world that is inferior to what
it once was. I just hope that the next President elected (republican or
democrat) has strong moral character, but more importantly, an ability to
lead and command respect from not only Americans but from all the world's
leaders and citizens.
President Clinton's four-minute performance was shallow, couched in
legal double speak, and unrepentant. He showed the regret of an exposed and
embarrassed fraud, not the sorrow of an honorable man trying to make amends.
NO HE AND SHE WHERE ON THE CLOCK SO IT WAS PUBLIC NOT PRIVATE BUSINESS.
HE ALSO LIED IN HIS SPEECH AND PROBABLY TO THE GRAND JURY,
Clinton's testimony and brief speech did nothing to improve my views of
him as a politician nor as a man. He has consistently shown a blatant
disregard for thinking Americans who will unfortunately have to endure this
face for two more years.
The speech answered none of my questions. Thanks to the Post, I already have
all my answers, except: How long can he last?
This could be the most irrevelant half-presidency ever. Who is going to take
the man seriously the rest of his term?
I own as much of the White House as he does,
and he has disgraced it.
I hold the strange reticence of the press
responsible for supporting toleration of his
outrageous behavior - and I fully intend to
hold my congressman and senators responsible
if they fail to deal appropriately with this
Bill Clinton, is nothing more than a confirmed liar. What about Kathleen
Willey, and Paula Jones? If what they said is
true, then Bill Clinton is guilty of sexual harrassment. Bill Clinton has
proven that he lied about Monica, my money says
that he lied about the other two also. He doesn't deserve the Presidency!
President Clinton's private life should have been
kept in his own bedroom. What goes on in the Oval
Office is the American public's business. His behavior
His speech did absolutely nothing to change my view that he is a
dishonest, deceitful, arrogant and selfish man who possesses sufficient
political acumen to be elected president. His shrewd intelligence masked the
real man. He is now unmasked. Unfortunately, many still prefer to see the
false image and only the substance that supported their views.
President Clinton's speech answered the question I had if he could ever
act in good faith with regard to these matters. He cannot. He was defiant,
not apologetic. Instead of accepting responsibility, he launched an ad
hominem attack on Mr. Starr. He has done the same either personally or
through proxies in the past on Paula Jones, Jennifer Flowers, and every other
accusor who has come forward. It's never his fault, always the other persons.
His inclusion of his wife and daughter in his speech is
nothing more than a cynical attempt by a selfish person to use even his own
family to garner pity. They are a pathetic part of yet another attempt to
divert attention from his own abominable lack of self-control, his poor
judgement and his utter lack of decent moral character. I had the distinct
impression that without the physical evidence of Miss Lewinsky's dress, he
would again have refused he had engaged in any sexual act with her, just as
he has in every other case! His every word is a quibble. H
e didn't tell anyone to lie? Well, did he suggest ways they could deceive
the press, prosecutors, and American people? A "suggestion" from the
president is tantamount to an order. To state otherwise is disingenuous at
best. Did he carry on "conversations" with Miss Lewinsky, Mr Jordan, and
others regarding her testimony? Such conversations are conspiracy as far as
I am concerned. Oh yes, Mr. Clinton certainly answered my question alright!
Are you kidding? This president is the most corrupt President in my
lifetime. He is incapable of telling the truth. He needs to resign and spare
The President seemed not to be speaking not of the Lewinsky
matter at all...But instead speaking of his private
and political life to date.
President Clinton did NOT really come across as being sorry he lied to
the American public. This country does NOT need a liar at the helm. What
parent could have their child look up to a leader who lies ?
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