Readers's Views on Clinton's Speech
I am angered that the President would play the American public for the
fool for over seven months and then, without any substantive apology, expect
that wee should put this issue behind us and go on with he business of the
nation. Where I come from, the business of this great nation has always
revolved around a bond built on trust between the public and those that they
elect to lead them.
Yes, I want this whole matter to go away. This is a personal issue between the
President and his family. Anyone who goes beyond that is doing it solely for
political purposes and has ulterior motives. I hope he can make amends with
his family and get on with the Nation's business. We've been distracted for
far too long when we have far far more important issues at hand.
I'm sorry to say that I would discourage my children from ever wanting the
goal of being in political office.
The answers were there, the apology to the nation was not. Think of
any CEO that has sex with a starting employee in the corporate office. The
board will surely hand him (her?) walking papers five seconds after the news
comes out. And what about sexual harassment laws? There is room for more
apologies and admission of guilt with no more blaming other people for what
is clearly Mr. Clinton's poor behaviour and judgement.
Not really, but just enough to let us all know it is time to say good
bye to President Clinton and say hello to President Gore. It will be done.
Truth under oath is the fundamental building block of our system of
justice. The President of the United States cannot
violate it. I sure can't.
A university professor who did the same with a student would lose her
job and be publicly disgraced. A corporate exec would face firing and a
lawsuit. The president uses a public volunteer his daughter's age in a public
office while conducting public business and while holding an office that
makes the man, as Jefferson said, a "public trust", and he whines that it's
solely a private matter. Well it's not, any more than Clarence Thomas's
vaguely sexual jokes with Anita Hill were a private matter. The
president has demeaned the office -- and all of us who voted for him.
Mr. Clinton did not answer any questions in last night's speech. He
did not apologize nor retract his statement when he denied to the American
people that he had a sexual affair with Lewinsky. Mr Clinton should have the
courage for once to take full responsibility for his despicable acts and
resign, only that would satisfy me. It is clear that he continues to lie
about these matters in the serious areas of perjury, obstruction, and abuse
of power. I think yesterday will mark the end of the Clinton
cult of personality when the all the facts are known, or it will mark the end
of the rule of law in this country.
After months of watching Clinton spar with reporters and dance around
questions about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, it was refreshing to
see president Clinton fire out what I believe is a sincere but stern apology.
He's suffered enough humiliation. Though it may have been a carefully worded
and 'lawerly' speech, it was enough for me to think "I've had enough -- let's
get on with our lives." Whatever one may think of Clinton's impulses, one
can't ignore his job performance.
I did not vote for Bill Clinton and I have never been fond of him.
Yet, when he gave his speech last night I did not feel vindicated. I felt
strangely dispirited and profoundly disappointed. Even though, I knew that
he had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, I still was subdued. As
much as I dislike the guy, I am really sick of this whole thing. I am also
getting angry with Clinton because he is the guy who was stupid enough to
have the affair in the first place and too proud to admit it.
Instead he continues to drag his feet and try to outlast this thing at the
detriment of the country. Disgusting.
Yes, and now let's not beat an old horse to death. Let's get over it,
and get on with the business of living and let the president run the country.
If nothing else, than to give Hillary and Chelsea, especially Chelsea time
to grieve, heal and get on with their lives without the glare of the public
in their faces. Thank you.
As a foreigner that lived in the U.S. for 10 years I watch from abroad
in dismay. It is unbelievable that someone spent 40 million dollars to prove
that Clinton cheated on his wife. Any cheap private eye could have found the
same for 40 dollars.
JFK had women in the white house all the time. Roosevelt died in his
mistress's house. Nobody cared. I don't want to know what every man is doing
out there. Why do we have prostitutes? If every man would be all so much
different the divorce rate in this country would be cut by 95%. Lets be glad
nobody is putting us on the stand for everything we might have done.
Slick Willy should put his pants back on, and get out of town.
I was very disappointed in Clinton's speech. Guess I was expecting too
much but I had hoped that he would apologize for his behavior to the nation,
his friends, his aides and all the people who have defended him for over 7
months. Some of these people face hefty legal bills which could have been
avoided if he had the courage to tell the truth immediately instead of
reverting to the lies, half-truths, and stonewalling which he's employed in
the past. He did not accept full responsibility for his acts
--- he had to blame Ken Starr for his problems. Bill Clinton is a seriously
flawed man who needs to be seeing a professional for his problems. Maybe when
he's out of office he'll have the time to take care of his problems.
We've arrived in Alice in Wonderland; where oral sex is not sex and a
"critical lapse in judgment" can last 18 months! I voted for Clinton in '92.
He lied on 60 Minutes. Among other things, he essentially promised there to
uphold the office in a moral and dignified manner. I unfortunately believed
him. During the Paula Jones litigation in '95 and '96 he was denying the
incident while at the same time having sex with Monica L. In '96 Dole
campaigned on values, character, decency while Clinton was having adulterous sex in the Oval office. Dole was right. Character does
matter. Mr. Pres. why don't you really answer the questions and maybe we'll
really trust you. We deserve much better.
His speech Monday night confirmed that the reason he refuses to use the words
"sexual relationship" when he describes his relationship with Monica Lewinsky
more about trying to avoid a perjury charge stemming from the Paula Jones
deposition than it is about trying to shield his family from humiliation.
There would be no justification for further inquiry into the details of his
relationship with Lewinsky if he admits that he perjured himself. If this
investigation drags on any longer, it is Clinton's fault.
Another play on words. Truth should not have to be rehearsed.
Why do the people in the military have a higher standard of conduct for
sexual behavior then the commander in chief.
As a certified addiction treatment counselor, my curiosity is
satisfied. He displays all the symptoms of a sex addict, including loss of
ability to control urges; continued acting out despite adverse consequences;
denial of his actions; denial of the consequences and effects of his
actions....I have been a staunch supporter of Clinton but I feel very
troubled by his inability to control his behavior. I don't expect the man to
be perfect, but the fact that he behaved in this way in the Oval Office is
deeply troubling to me. We need to get on with the business of this country.
That means he needs to step down.
I think the speech served to show just how much
the President thinks he is above all of us.
He should have come out and said the word "sorry"
in his speech and actually acknowledged a
"sexual" relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Instead, he skirted around the words, like an
ambulance chasing lawyer. The President of the
United States is not an ordinary citizen; he must
lead by example, or at least show that he's trying.
He also spent too much time complaining about
Ken Star. It's obvious to me that the only thing
the President is sorry about is that he got caught.
Yes and no. How could his sworn statement under oath, saying that he had no
sexual relationship with Monica be "legally accurate"?
To all of his supporters -- lying under oath in a court of law is perjury
which is a felony. Should a felon be president? That's the big question. I
am ashamed that I actually voted for him.
His speech was sufficient, but he should have avoided references to
If Hatfield had to resign, so should Clinton.
I am tired of hearing the words inappropriate relationship. We
need to call this what it is, it is called adultery against his wife and
lying to his friends, to his wife, and to the people of the United States of
America. He has turned the White House into his little love nest, when will
this stop. Mr. Clinton has no moral values at all.He never was right for the
White House and should now step down and put respect back in the great U.
S.A. Thank You
Absolutely YES! Didn't Kennedy deny liaisons? F.D.R.? L.B.J.? Too
bad Nixon resigned; Starr would STILL be investigating who and what was
involved in Watergate!
On August 17, the Russian President devalued the currency and the
American President devalued the MORALITY.
The President's speech did not answer my questions because it was so
vague. As a young adult, I feel that he does not represent this country in a
manner that should be portrayed by the leader of the free world. He is not
setting a good example for children who look to the President--as a mentor.
I am a Clinton fan who was gravely disappointed by the "speech". The
caring and sincerity of previous speeches was entirely lacking. This man is
scared by what is yet to come out.
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