Article: Friends Feared New Clinton Bimbo Eruptions

Jun 1, 2008 5:18pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: Former President Bill Clinton’s office moved swiftly to discredit a spicy profile story in the June edition of Vanity Fair written by Todd S. Purdum. Clinton’s office distributed a memo to reporters Sunday calling Purdum’s 9,600 word article "journalism of personal destruction at its worst."

Purdum, a former White House correspondent for the New York Times, cites anonymous Clinton aides, past and present, who paint a portrait of an undisciplined, sometimes reckless man trapped in a vacuum of self indulgence.

Read the story HERE.

Purdum writes that four former Clinton aides told him about 18 months ago that one of Clinton’s former assistants grew very concerned about the number of tabloid reports concerning the former president and women. The former assistant said "he felt compelled to try to conduct what one of (the) aides called an "intervention," because he believed "Clinton was apparently seeing a lot of women on the road," according to the article.

Arguing the master has lost his groove — his world famous political touch — during the eight years he’s been out of office, Purdum quotes another senior aide who he says is part of a group of friends who worry Clinton has never been the same since heart surgery in 2004.

"There seems to be an abiding anger in him, and not just the summer thunderstorms of old. He has been called into question repeatedly by top staff. The fact is, you can only weigh in so often on this stuff. It’s just a huge force of nature," says the source, according to Purdum.

The choice of business associates and the close friends Clinton now keeps are perhaps the greatest concern of the aides, Purdum writes. "Butt boy" Doug Band, a counselor to Clinton, has been said to rub people the wrong way, according Purdum’s sources.

Maggie Williams, former White House chief of staff to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who now serves as Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign manager, left her job in the Clinton Foundation partly because of Band, writes Purdum.

Then there’s Ron Burkle, a California billionaire and Clinton business partner, who has investors that include an entity connected to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.

Clinton’s office argues the article features "past attacks" and fails to mention the global humanitarian work done by the Clinton Foundation.

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