September 22, 2009

ICYMI: Bill Clinton on LKL – 'no racism in health care battle'

Posted: 07:55 AM ET

While some criticism targeting President Obama is racially motivated, the fight over health care isn't, former President Bill Clinton said on LKL last night.

"I believe that some of the right-wing extremists which oppose President Obama are also racially prejudiced and would prefer not to have an African-American president," Clinton told CNN's Larry King in a wide-ranging interview aired Monday evening. "But I don't believe that all the people who oppose him on health care - and all the conservatives - are racists. And I believe if he were white, every single person who opposes him now, would be opposing him then."

Clinton discussed a variety of issues facing the Obama administration - from health care to the war in Afghanistan - on the eve of the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Regarding race, the former president was referring to an outburst from Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, who shouted, "You lie," at Obama during the president's joint address to Congress, and also former President Jimmy Carter's assessment that racism is an obstacle for the current president.

"While I have devoted my life to getting rid of racism, I think this [health care] is a fight that my president and our party - this is one we need to win on the merits," Clinton said.

On the Arab-Israeli conflict - which Clinton tried to address during his time in the White House - the former president said it's an issue that first has to be addressed by the Palestinians and the Israelis. Obama has set up meetings with leaders from both sides this week as the U.N. General Assembly meets in New York.

"First, it's more up to them than it is to President Obama," Clinton said.

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Dodie ~ California   September 22nd, 2009 12:25 pm ET

I completely agree with former President Clinton. The health care issue has been going on since Rosevelt and Truman. Even then, they were called Socialists and Communist! The reason was due to large entities in America such as AMA, pharmaceuticals, insurance companies's, etc. using fear tactics! The same issues are happening today. Americans are easily manipulated by fear tactics.

Is racism a problem in the USA? Yes! Do some people hate President Obama because of his race? Yes.

But with the health care reform, it is NOT about race! It is about MONEY!

I have an old saying:

"Follow the Money Trail, and you will find your Answer"

Dodie ~ California   September 22nd, 2009 12:28 pm ET


I also want to express my appreciation and Gratitude to Former President Clinton and current President Obama!

Every now and then, Americans do get it right!

Mark My Words   September 22nd, 2009 12:59 pm ET

I agree with Clinton, many on the right are racists.

Mark My Words   September 22nd, 2009 1:01 pm ET

Actually, the left and the right have a few racists, it's just that the media bias only suggest that the right has racism in it. The left always tries to score political points with this issue.

alexlyrics   September 22nd, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Bill Clinton forgo he came from Arkansas.

Or he is trying to help Obama

Joe G. (Illinois)   September 22nd, 2009 8:50 pm ET

If Borak Obama were an Indian, Korean, etc, etc “You get the picture” he still couldn’t be working on the toppings, cake decorations, and packaging without first ever bothering to bake the cake itself “If he were a baker” that his! Problem with Obama is that... Well... At least people like him, he does his speeches, gets the time slots on TV, pictures and attention...

carol kesling   September 23rd, 2009 12:58 am ET

i love bill clinton.. he allways knows exactly how to say the right thing... class act all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would like to see bill clinton on about once a month.i love to hear him talk, i can understand what he is saying !!!!!! he makes alot of sense...

Marry   September 23rd, 2009 3:04 am ET

@ Carol Kesling

i love bill clinton.. he allways knows exactly how to say the right thing… class act all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would like to see bill clinton on about once a month.i love to hear him talk, i can understand what he is saying !!!!!! he makes alot of sense…
I could not agree more! Former President Clinton is a great man!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   September 23rd, 2009 4:58 am ET

Good to see Bill Clinton back.

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