Below is the May 4 Today Show segment featuring Cynthia McFadden’s interview with Bill Clinton in Africa. In the interview McFadden asks Clinton questions related to the controversy generated by Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash and related news stories.
The segment is only seven minutes long and the interview a bit chopped, with footage of Clinton doing his good deeds in Africa thrown into the mix. Even though Clinton’s comments in the segment can’t run more than a two or three minutes, they repeatedly verge on the bizarre. Here are what seem to me the most notable, followed by my own brief comments.
“There has been a very deliberate attempt to take the Foundation down.” Does anyone know what he’s talking about?
“Over the last 15 years I’ve taken almost no capital gains.” It depends on the meaning of “almost,” and what does this mean, anyway? That he hasn’t invested the $100 million in speaking fees that he has pulled down? That he has chosen not to realize his capital gains because he’s been living on the income earned giving speeches?
As for those large speaking fees, increased to coincide with Madam Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State: “It’s the most independence I can get.” It’s not quite “greed is good,” but we can agree that it’s good to be rich!
On the need to give speeches to generate income: “If I had a business relationship with somebody, they [sic] would have a target on their back from the day they did business with me.” There seems to be some projection going on here.
As for those large speaking fees again: “I work hard on this. I spend a couple hours a day just doing the research.” No comment necessary.
As for those large speaking fees again: “I gotta pay our bills.” A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta is the more generalized version of the cardinal Clinton rule.
Via Noah Rothman/Hot Air.