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May 29, 2009

NYT: Bill Clinton holding grudge against Ted, Caroline Kennedy

Posted: 03:51 AM ET
In an article in an upcoming issue of New York Times Magazine, former President Clinton discusses his wife's new role as the country's top diplomat.

In an article in an upcoming issue of New York Times Magazine, former President Clinton discusses his wife's new role as the country's top diplomat.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bill Clinton's campaign-year resentment of President Obama is a thing of the past, according to a lengthy profile of the former president in Sunday's New York Times Magazine — but he hasn't quite come to terms with the Kennedy family's decision to back Obama over Hillary Clinton during the primary season.

Clinton reportedly has yet to make his peace with Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Massachusetts senator's niece, Caroline, over their high-profile endorsements of Barack Obama during the primaries.

The Times, also citing unnamed sources, says Clinton harbors hard feelings toward New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who held several posts in the Clinton administration but who chose to endorse Obama instead of Hillary Clinton.

The former president has adjusted to his wife's new role on the international stage. "She used to look forward to me coming home from wherever I've been," Clinton says in the magazine article. "Now I'm afraid I'll be second fiddle to whatever world leader she's just met.

Later, he added: "… We've reversed roles."

Clinton also made clear that his vast network of global contacts and knowledge of world affairs is always available to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "'If she asks, I tell her what I think,'" the former president says in the profile. "And if there's something that's going on that I feel that I have particular knowledge of, I say that.'"

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Michael C. McHugh   May 29th, 2009 11:51 am ET

I think what it came down to was that we are in a reform cycle for the first time since the 1960s, and many of us wanted more of a reform Democrat as a candidate. We already had eight years of Clintonism, and in many ways it didn't sit well with us on the left: we were as tired of DINOS as many conservatives are of RINOs. To us, Clintonism looked too much like a moderate form of Republicanism–Republican-lite. especially with things like NAFTA, WTO, and other "reforms" that the base of the party disliked.

That's just my take on it, that we didn't want eight more years of Clintonism in the White House, but wanted a new generation to come in, with a new direction. Frankly, it's also a relief not to have to deal with a soap opera in the White House. In personal matters, Obama seems like the straightest or straight arrows, and even though the Republicans attack him continuously, they have never been able to go after his personal life in they why they did Clinton.


Dave of Detroit   May 29th, 2009 11:59 am ET

Well Bill, Politics does make for strange bedfellows doesn't it!


kenny   May 29th, 2009 12:10 pm ET

why should HE control the Kennedys ?..jealousy ?..why not respect their decision?.this is America..anything goes...


Dave of Detroit   May 29th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

Kenny-Good point but you forgot to add-at taxpayer expense!


SLM   May 29th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

As well he should. The Kennedy's as well as the media threw Hillary under the bus for the fake rock star image of Obama. Hillary would have been better for the country.


Ron   May 29th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

At one time Steve had the most beautiful head of hair. Ask him why he shaved it.


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