Former President Clinton Reflects

On President Bush as a Politician

[He's] better at some things. He's a really good politician. I told him back in 2000 when he ran the first time, I called the Gore people and I said, "This guy can win." This compassionate conservative is a great idea. It's like saying to the moderates, the swing voters, I will give you everything Bill Clinton did with a smaller government and a bigger tax cut.Wouldn't you like that? You get the same results with lower taxes. I mean, he's very good.

On Ken Starr

No other president ever had to endure someone like Ken Starr inviting innocent people, because they wouldn't lie, in a systematic way, and having respectable news outlets treat them like they were serious, and parroting everything they leaked. No one ever had to try to save people from ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, and people in Haiti from a military dictator that was murdering them, and all the other problems I dealt with, while every day, an entire apparatus was devoted to destroying him.

And still, [there's] not any example of where I ever disgraced this country publicly. I made a terrible public-personal mistake, but I paid for it, many times over. And in spite of it all, you don't have any example where I ever lied to the American people about my job, where I ever let the American people down, and I had more support from the world, and world leaders, and people around the world, when I quit than when I started.

On His Favorite Food Now

Turkey or vegetarian chili.

And the Food He Misses the Most

Steak.

And His Favorite Singer (after Barbra Streisand and Ray Charles)

Of the ones still living, I like Tony Bennett. I like Bono... I like Judy Collins, I like Sheryl Crow... I love Aretha Franklin.

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