Take your pick: If you read the conservative blogs, President Clinton “blew his top” at seemingly innocuous questions. If you read the liberal blogs, Clinton “rips into” Chris Wallace on FOX for trying to feed red meat to the conservatives. As usual, Hot Air has the timely video feed.
In my opinion, I understand where Clinton gets his anger. You can’t tell me that book after book advertised on many conservative blog websites claiming that Clinton put the nation in peril for not doing enough to capture Osama Bin Laden (who may now be dead) wouldn’t get to him in an emotional way. Well, you can tell me, but I won’t believe it. I think Clinton was right; Chris Wallace wanted to feed red meat to the conservative base who watches FOX by asking the following (see Newsbusters for the transcript):
“WALLACE: ?may I just finish the question sir. And after the attack, the book says, Bin Laden separated his leaders because he expected an attack and there was no response. I understand that hindsight is 20 20.
CLINTON: No let?s talk about?
WALLACE: ?but the question is why didn?t you do more, connect the dots and put them out of business?”
From my readings, both Clinton and Bush II could have done more to get Bin Laden. However, Clinton was right in this interview to say, “Why didn’t you ask Bush administration officials that question when they were on your show?” The answer is because no one in the media would ask that to any Bush official, let alone Bush himself, for fear of getting cut off from the administration in terms of access (not in terms of press credentials, but administrations will refuse to be interviewed by some media personalities they feel are hostile to them).
However, Clinton needs to act more professionally. It is embarassing to watch the former president get angry at a reporter. It’s never cool to lose one’s cool; especially for a former president.