January 18, 2008

"I was a little disturbed by my anger..."

"Because of the way Daddy behaved when he was angry and drunk, I associated anger with being out of control and I was determined not to lose control. Doing so could unleash the deeper, constant anger I kept locked away because I didn’t know where it came from."

Bill Clinton's anger.
Is it problem anger?

22 comments:

Meade said...

"...his face turning red in public nearly every week..."

Inauthentically red because he isn't really choosing to be.

jawats said...

Feeeeelings, nothing more than....feeeeelings.

I mean, really. How do you respond to blather?

George said...

The Clinton video didn't trouble me. It gave a hint of how intimidating and forceful the guy can be one-on-one. He's not a man who lets people push him around.

Then there's the Romney video at Staples.

How pathetic.

The slovenly reporter is actually sitting (even lying) on the floor of a store, legs splayed out, a laptop in his lap. Meanwhile, everyone else appears to be standing.

And Romney, dressed casually (no coat or tie), dignifies the guy by talking to him.

Instead, he should have said, "I don't answer questions from reporters lying on the floor. Trying standing up like everyone else here, and I'll answer your question. You're being disrespectful to me, my staff, and your colleagues. If I were your boss at AP, I'd fire you."

That would have been a good moment.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Ok he's like what, 60 and he still refers to his father as 'Daddy'?

Seriously, I pretty much stopped saying 'Daddy' when I was 4 or 5.

He's not a man who lets people push him around.

He wasn't being pushed around. He was asked a simple question just like Chris Matthews did when he had his hissy fit. Bill doesn't like being questioned and if he doesn't like the question he gets his panties in a twist.

You're looking at a man and his wife is included in this that I honestly believe think the Presidency is a birthright and any kind of criticism no matter from who is heresy. Hell, all you have to do is look at the fuming when Russert wouldn't take the usual non-answer from Hillary.

I thought he was an asshole in the 90s and it seems age hasn't changed him one whit.

Middle Class Guy said...

Both Hillary and Bill are in constant defense mode. It impairs their thinking and makes it difficult to just answer a simple question. There is a healthy paranoia in the campaign and it is starting to show moe frequently.

Any bets on whether some retard journalist will ask either to reflect on the ten year anniversary of the Lewinsky Scandal?

George said...

Hoosier--

Southern men saying "Daddy" is a Southern thing. Southern men say "Momma," too. Very commonplace.

I'd like to make my point again:

Two politicians--

One did not let a reporter get the best of him. He got in the reporter's face, and, I think, intimidated him. I want a President who is a tough customer.

The other candidate was very patient and gentle and smiled a lot. In my opinion, if you want to be President, you do not dignify slobs who want to quiz you while they lie on the floor, showing disrespect to you and everyone else. Yet Romney was so tolerant. So tolerant. To heck with that.

Let's also remember the setting...carefully chosen...a Staples...to remind us that Romney is a man-of-the-people. Look at the background, also carefully chosen. He's standing in front of a signs that say "Sharpie" and "Speedball." Yes, Mitt is just a regular guy and a sharpie.

"Mitt Romney, tested, intelligent, get-it-done, turnaround CEO Governor and strong leader from outside Washington"--that's the identity his handlers want us to swallow. Check out the "Primal Code for Brand Romney" that someone on his staff leaked to the press in February '07. Mitt is a product. A brand.

Randy (Internet Ronin) said...

Good points all, George!

Middle Class Guy said...

George said:
Two politicians--

One did not let a reporter get the best of him. He got in the reporter's face, and, I think, intimidated him. I want a President who is a tough customer.


Um, George, Bill is not running for president.

Hoosier Daddy said...

One did not let a reporter get the best of him. He got in the reporter's face, and, I think, intimidated him. I want a President who is a tough customer.

So do I but more with people like Achmadenijad or Kim Sung Il rather than with reporters.

I personally didn't think Clinton got too pissy in with the Oakland reporter but he definitely showed his true colors with Wallace. Maybe because the truth in that question touched a nerve. Perhaps if Bill had put as much effort in getting Osama as he did Elian Gonzalez......

Roger said...

MCG: Its a toofer, dontchaknow. Keeping Bill in the news keeps HRC in the news.

PatCA said...

Aww, Bill's just a victim, a COA (Child of an Alcoholic)! And Hillary is a victim, too, of sexism and a stern father!

I'm all choked up. It's okay, then, Bill, fire away. We understand.

Middle Class Guy said...

Roger said...
MCG: Its a toofer, dontchaknow. Keeping Bill in the news keeps HRC in the news.


Ahhhhhhh. Bonk. I could've had a V-8.

AJ Lynch said...

If I was the reporter, I'd have asked Clinton why the fuck he was so damn well-versed in the Nevada vote issue if he truly did not have anything to do with the court case?

Then I would have told him to fuck off knowing I'd lose my job but come on, Bill Clinton is a disgusting coward and needs to be set straight someday by a common man he is trying to bully.

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Middle Class Guy said...

AJ Lynch said...
“If I was the reporter, I'd have asked Clinton why the fuck he was so damn well-versed in the Nevada vote issue if he truly did not have anything to do with the court case?

Then I would have told him to fuck off knowing I'd lose my job…”


No prob. After a short stint of unemployment, in which you would write a book or something, you would be hired again. You would always be known as the guy with the courage to finally tell Bill Clinton to…


If you called him a nappy headed ho, you would get a radio and TV show.

Ann Althouse said...

Re "Daddy" -- read Clarence Thomas's book. He calls his grandfather "Daddy" throughout.

And I always called my father "Daddy." I blogged on the subject here.

Mortimer Brezny said...

I imagine if I had been forced to call my father "Daddy," I would be inexplicably furious, too.

AJ Lynch said...

Ann:

But you are a girl. Guys don't except Southerners.

PatCA said...

At least he didn't say Pappy or Pa. Give him that.

Middle Class Guy said...

PatCA said...
At least he didn't say Pappy or Pa. Give him that.

In the South it is pronounced "paw". He did not want to sound like Opie Taylor. People would think he and Barney Fife...
Oh never mind.

Meade said...

Most Southern men also refer to other grown men as "Boys" as in, "Yyeh, we kin trust that boy; he lied to us and then he told us about it."

Eli Blake said...

Meade:

I never met anyone, from the south or any place else, who referred to their father as a 'boy.'

(though in Clinton's case it was his stepfather since his father died before he was born).

As far as his not letting people push him around, he learned that from his stepfather too, in that his stepfather regularly beat Bill, his younger brother and on occasion his mother, and (at least according to Clinton biographers) he learned that the best way to avoid another beating was to hit back. His stepmother eventually reinforced that lesson when she got up the nerve to finally kick the drunk lout out of the house.