“I Gotta Pay Our Bills”

He did not have sexual relations with that woman either.

Bill Clinton Defends His Foundation’s Foreign Money

Bill Clinton says he has no regrets about taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation — even though the donations have caused a political headache for Hillary Clinton as she tries to follow him into the Oval Office.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden, the former president said his charity has never done anything “knowingly inappropriate.”

Under pressure, the foundation recently announced it will only accept contributions from six Western governments going forward, but Clinton says that’s no acknowledgment the old policy — under which Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million, for instance — was a mistake.

“Absolutely not,” Clinton told NBC News during his current tour of Africa to visit a wide variety of the foundation’s projects.

“It’s an acknowledgement that we’re going to come as close as we can during her presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state.”

The 42nd president says he is “proud” of his foundation’s work.


“There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,” he said. “That just hasn’t happened.”


But Bill Clinton says he’s not worried about the criticism, brushing it off as “political.” He quoted his wife as telling him: “No one has ever tried to influence me by helping you.”

He claimed there has been a “very concerted effort to bring the foundation down” and said he might even step down as its head if his wife is elected.


One thing he won’t stop doing: giving high-priced speeches, even though he acknowledges being a wealthy man these days, reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars.

“I gotta pay our bills,” he said. “And I also give a lot of it to the foundation every year.”

The fees — $500,000 or more for 11 speeches while his wife was Secretary of State — are justified, he insisted.

“I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak,” he said.


Throughout the interview, Clinton repeatedly turned to the question of transparency, declaring that his foundation discloses more about the source of its donations than those of other ex-presidents.

Asked about a series of tax forms on which the foundation did not list any contributions under a section for donations from governments — rolling the sum into overall revenue, instead of breaking it out — Clinton said it was an innocent mistake.

“The guy that filled out the forms made an error,” he said. “Now that is a bigger problem, according to the press, than the other people running for president willing to take dark money, secret money, secret from beginning to end.”

The problem, he said, is not that the Clintons don’t have to play by the rules that apply to everyone else — it’s that the family is held to a higher standard.

“People should draw their own conclusions. I’m not in politics,” the former president said. “All I’m saying is the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.”

Excuse me while I lift my jaw off the floor and duct tape it back in place.

Bill is correct about one thing – other ex-presidents have things differently. But other ex-presidents didn’t have a wife who was holding not one but two of the highest political offices in the country. While Hillary was serving as a US Senator and then Secretary of State, Bill was getting paid half a million dollars a pop by foreign individuals, corporations and countries to give speeches. In at least some cases he was being paid a lot of money by people who had financial or political interests that had been or were going to be affected by Hillary.

People have gone to prison for less.

“They’re held to a higher standard, but they bring a lot of this on themselves,” Halperin said of the Clintons.

“The Clintons are not held to a higher standard,” Scarborough insisted. “The Clintons are held to the lowest of all standard for some reason.”

Halperin shook his head in dismay and, out of sadness more so than anger, insisted that he disagreed with Scarborough’s woefully ignorant comment. Before he could support that contention, however, the MSNBC host let loose with a deluge of examples of political figures losing their careers and sometimes even their freedom over displays of impropriety far milder than those exhibited by the Clintons.

Scarborough added that virtually any other candidate would elect to suspend their campaigns and surround themselves with attorneys if they were accused of half the abuses of authority in which Hillary Clinton has been implicated.

“But what official acts did they take in exchange for something of value?” Halperin asked.

“Well, that’s why we have investigations,” Scarborough replied.

I really love the idea that you have to prove someone is guilty before you can investigate them. That isn’t the standard. You don’t even need probable cause. All it takes to launch an investigation is “reasonable suspicion” that a crime has been committed.

But that is for law enforcement. The media has launched intensive investigations of other candidates on far less than that – just ask Sarah Palin. Imagine the reaction if she had deleted all those Alaska emails!

At least some members of the news media are poking around on this story. If it were Barack Obama instead of Bill and Hillary then the non-Fox media would have declared that there was nothing to see and told us to move along.

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60 Responses to “I Gotta Pay Our Bills”

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Okay, I officially missed making a morning post today. Missed it by 2 minutes.

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    BREAKING NEWS: A cop just shot someone in Baltimore.

    • HELENK3 says:

      Baltimore Police: Shots fired at Pennsylvania Ave. and North Ave. Suspect was armed with a weapon, attempted to throw it. May have discharged. No one hit – @BaltimoreBNN
      see original on twitter.com
      Baltimore unrest, 2015
      At corner of North & Pennsylvania in Baltimore, police appear to have shot young man. Riot police back on scene, people stumbling away with spray in eyes – @HannahAllam

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Meanwhile, Obama is giving a speech on Police/Minority relations.

      • HELENK3 says:

        now the Baltimore cops say no shooting by cop. witness swears she saw a cop shoot a young black male as he was running away. At least one shot was heard. Cops said victim had a gun, dropped it and it discharged. guy fell to sidewalk, was taken away in an ambulance

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I really hate Shep Smith and Wolf Blitzer.

  3. Myiq2xu says:


    When it comes to consent, it’s not enough to teach that “no means no” or even that only “yes means yes” – because sometimes “yes” can actually mean “no.”

    At least that’s the point of view expressed in an op-ed written by Jordan Bosiljevac for Claremont McKenna College’s student newspaper, The Forum.

    In the piece, Bosiljevac explains that she and her friends even came up with a phrase to describe someone having sex with you who you didn’t want to have sex with even though you told him that you did, which they apparently consider a form of rape:

    “We coined the term ‘raped by rape culture’ to describe what it was like to say yes, coerced by the culture that had raised us and the systems of power that worked on us, and to still want ‘no,’” she writes in the April 30 article, titled “Why Yes Can Mean No.”

    Bosiljevac writes that she’s been dealing with the oppression of this culture her whole life — beginning with having to endure relatives kissing her cheeks “even as I winced and turned away” — and that it continues to influence her sexual decision-making abilities, almost to the point where she doesn’t seem to think she really has any ability to make those decisions at all.

    She describes one incident in particular in which she had hooked up with a guy who had asked her outright if she was okay with what was happening and she had told him “yes” – explaining that even though she had said “yes,” she had really meant “no,” and it wasn’t really entirely her fault that she couldn’t just say what she wanted:

    “Sometimes, for me, there was obligation from already having gone back to someone’s room, not wanting to ruin a good friendship, loneliness, worry that no one else would ever be interested, a fear that if I did say no, they might not stop, the influence of alcohol, and an understanding that hookups are ‘supposed’ to be fun,” she writes.


  4. Myiq2xu says:

    Ultra right?

    jennifer lyn, on May 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm said:

    Please don’t print my letter — I don’t want you to. I don’t know if you remember me but I was the ‘fat’ girl who got emotional in an interview many years ago about signs being stolen. You called me and we spoke for a while. I respect you despite the fact that I disagree with 99% of what you say.
    Well, a woman I met on PUMA encouraged me to seek a doctor’s advice (after seeing 20 years worth) and they put me on hormones and I lost the weight (and ran a couple of races). I also lost the last vestige of idealism that kept me died to a dead horse as far as ideologies go.
    This is how much I loved Hillary Clinton. I wrote a letter to her while in college and the White House called me to tell me she liked it so much they sent Tipper and Gore to speak at my college. I loved that she went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund (vs. big law firm) and that it appeared that she understood the problems we face and thus would work to find and apply solutions. I idolized this woman. When Obama was ordained by the Democrats I worked hard to expose the truth but, alas, truth was not wanted so it didn’t matter. I wrote letters, read, spoke to people, but truth is passe in 21 century America.
    Fast forward to today. Hillary Clinton is a bloated, blinded, ugly opposite clone of herself 20 years ago. The Hillary I knew would NEVER have joined forces with the evil ones, she would NEVER have backed down from workfare, she would NEVER have allowed her man to prey on women, she would NEVER have allowed Benghazi to happen (and she should be tried, convicted, and put in jail for her role in the murder of Americans), she would NEVER have put herself above the law (so many things to say but let’s just say the word email), and she certainly would not be in charge of a Global Charitable Organization that is a sham and illegal sham at that giving away 10% a year and using the remaining $1.8 billions for salaries and travel (and let’s not even mention the law breaking foreign and unknown donations). My god she bought her daughter a $10,000,000.00 house so she and her son-in-law (whose father served time for defrauding MILLIONS) can live the life of luxury while telling us to suck it up. And let’s not talk about Obamacare (and I can because I actually read the bill) because she allowed seniors to be robbed, insurance companies to be given more power-cum-money and the American population to be worse off. Just yesterday the liberal news actually reported that 1/2 of all exchanges are underwater and will not make it. Big Surprise.
    I was a true believer but I am awake now. I can move beyond the dreams of my childhood and face reality with no heroes. Hillary is just another scum sucking piece of shit who deserves jail time. Period. And the enemy isn’t Republican or Democrat it is stupidity. Thinking you can solve the problem without knowing what the problem is will kill this country if we let it. More money is not the solution to our problem and neither is blaming anyone but our side. And following your heroes and what you once knew to be true until the end is not courage but rather it is weakness. What is strong is sometimes being able to give up your past beliefs and finding truth no matter what you lose in the process.
    I am writing a book (who isn’t) about losing my heroes and finding peace of mind. It isn’t easy to do this when everything you thought was right is wrong but it is a lot easier than denial. Denial is a cancer that eats you even when you sleep and at the end of your life you realize you never had anything really. Hillary is not my hero anymore and I am free.
    I don’t understand your continued support of a corrupt party and candidate. But my opinion is irrelevant to you and I can handle that. I just can’t see a future when smart people are willing to vote for garbage. I have voted straight ticket Republican ever since they stole the candidacy from Hillary. I feel really good about it. Really good. Unbelievably good in fact. It was hers and it was ours and it was my dream. My god I still cry when I think about it. Despite everything it was hers and it was ours. But right is out just like truth.
    My plan is just to vote Republican until Democrats crater (just a dream of course) and then I plan to vote for independents. Not that my vote matters it just helps with that peace of mind thing.
    If you ever want to email me I would be interested in your opinion on how we can change the world by voting, or doing anything for that matter. And many years later I just wanted to thank you for your kind words.

    riverdaughter, on May 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm said:

    “Friends don’t let friends vote Republican”.
    Sorry, regardless of how you feel about Hillary, I can’t support your decision to legitimize the lunatics. I can see that you read or watch a lot of opposition research. IMHO, it’s no better than what the Obama droogs put out there in 2008.
    So, not a fan. Not into republicans and unlikely to give that kind of sentiment much real estate here. Please understand that my objection is not because you don’t like Hillary anymore. It’s because you seem to have joined people I don’t have much respect for.
    The blogosphere is big, huge even. You just can’t imagine how ginormous it is. I suggest you set up your own blog where you can write about anything you want. If there is an audience for furious ex-Democrats who turned to the ultra right, then you should be very successful.
    Here? Ehhhhhh, not so much.

    Monster from the Id, on May 3, 2015 at 8:04 pm said:

    RD–You, better than anyone, should know that there already is a blog for furious ex-Dems who turned to the ultra right. It’s that blog formed by Jack Napier and his fellow defectors from your blog, remember? 😉

    riverdaughter, on May 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm said:

    There’s no reason why she can’t start another one.
    Let the clown and Jennifer poach each other’s people.
    Blogs are easy to start, hard to maintain. But if you’ve got a message that other people want to hear, knock yourself out. Just don’t do it here, Jennifer. I’m really not interested in hearing right wing drivel translated from its original German. I could listen to rush or o’reilly for that.

    Shorter RD (with her fingers in her ears): “LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!”

    God (who doesn’t exist) forbid that a reasonable, good-hearted, intelligent and informed person could look at things differently than her. They must have been brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Fox News. REPUBLICANS ARE EVIL!!!!

    • Myiq2xu says:

      She stole that “original German” line from Molly Ivins. Apparently all right wingers are neo-Nazis or something.

      Typical dishonest Leftist tactic – delegitimize your opponents so you don’t have to deal with the substance of their arguments.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Opposing thoughts are verboten!!

      • 49erDweet says:

        ‘Well they’re not really “thoughts”, you see. They’re “imaginings” or something else nefarious or wistfully nonexistent. They really couldn’t be ideas emanating from human brains. So it’s not wrong to oppose them. Because they don’t – you know – exist.’
        Does that sound about right?

    • lyn says:

      We are extremely right about everything. Just sayin’.

    • jeffhas says:

      So, Your either a Democrat (the Good Guys) or a Republican (EVIL!)…

      but if you go after Hillary the Hero, “Why do you and others only hold her responsible and stick only her with the label of hawk? They other thing is there are no shades of gray with that term. You are either a complete pacifist or you are a warmonger. ”

      Wormtongue has nothin’ on Forktongue.

    • mothy67 says:

      She sure mentions you often.

    • angienc says:

      As bad as the 2008 Dem primary was I’m starting to really hope that Hillary is unable to secure the Dem nomination again (either through DNC theft again or her own greed) just because it would be so awesome to see RD lose her shit over it.

  5. Myiq2xu says:
  6. Myiq2xu says:
  7. I love it! I had a blog very similar as yours, with the “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”; posted about the same time as this blog. Great minds think alike!

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    Hot Air:

    Watch to the very end and you’ll hear this guy make the hair-raising point that 700 kids go missing in America every day. Every day. That’s a lot of kids. And strictly speaking, it’s true: In 1999, nearly 800,000 people under age 18 were reported missing, with more than 260,000 the victims of abduction. Read the fine print, though, and you’ll see the vast majority of those abductions were committed by family members, not the sort of Stranger Danger scenario you’re seeing play out here. The number abducted by actual strangers, i.e. non-family members, was in the ballpark of 58,000. And when you read the fine print on that number, the stats get even dicier. Turns out the 58,000 figure is a guesstimate within a very wide range and includes kids who went missing but weren’t kidnapped. The total number of kids who were kidnapped by non-family members was just 115. Most abduction cases are handled by local law enforcement, of course, but the FBI has a special unit that can aid local LEO when needed. Since 2006, when the unit was created, it had been deployed … around 100 times over the course of eight years as of 2014. Long story short, yes, this sort of thing does happen, but no, it’s not remotely likely to happen to you. Feel better? I didn’t think so.

  9. HELENK3 says:


    maybe this is one reason some young people are so willing to stomp on the American flag and believe all lies spread about this country

    • elliesmom says:

      The national curriculum standards have moved US history out of 8th grade. It’s now in the 4th grade, and not again until the kids reach high school. Eighth graders study the time period closer to the middle ages with a concentration on comparative religions. US history in the fourth grade is fact driven, but they aren’t ready for much introspection yet.

  10. Myiq2xu says:
    • lizzy says:

      Hey it’s Mew York. Everyone is in the streets trying to get run down whether they are protesting or not. Pedestrians never yield the right of way to a driver no matter the color of the light.

    • 1539days says:

      Is he upset they failed? Because I am.

  11. HELENK3 says:


    I saw this today on tv. this woman could have started a riot. this was before it came out that there was no shooting

  12. angienc says:

    Which statement is more ridiculous: Bill saying he’s “not in politics” or him saying that no one is trying to influence Hillary through him?

    It’s a tough call, but I’ve got to go with the former.
    I think the Big Dawg might have early on-set dementia because he’s talking like he’s a moron — and we all know that no matter what else can be said of the man, “stupid” isn’t one of them.

    • jeffhas says:

      You know how you meet people who are intelligent (all the right schools, best degrees, etc) but they’re not really ‘smart’… to me, Bill was always a really great combo of Intelligent AND Smart.

      I think his stumbling is because the number at stake is ginormous for him personally – I mean, $2 Billion – that’s a lot on the line.

      … and I still say the reason for Hillary to capitulate to Obama in return for the SOS job looks like a money grab.

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