Someone — perhaps Bill Clinton himself — thought it would be “bull****” for Clinton to tell America that a letter from an Indiana mother convinced him the government is more of a burden than a help.
Written on a December 1994 speech draft labeled “Address to the Nation / December, 1994,” the note was included among the documents released Friday by Clinton’s presidential library. It’s authorship is unknown. Included in the documents is at least one speech draft with Bill Clinton’s own handwriting on it, denoted by the initials “BC.” No such initials accompany this draft.
While the handwriting’s provenance is unclear, Clinton biographer David Maraniss weighed in on Twitter:
— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) March 14, 2014
Dated Dec. 13, 1994, the draft was released along with thousands of pages of documents posted online today by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. In a 489-page PDF file, the draft was placed among memos planning Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union address. Clinton gave a televised address to the nation two days after the document’s date, and it could have been a draft of that Dec. 15, 1994, speech. Both the draft and the delivered address focused on the middle class.