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Monday, June 21, 2004


"MY LIFE" BY BILL CLINTON IS MORE LIKE "MY LIE" - MICHAEL ISIKOFF IS A GULLIBLE REPORTER, BUT I WANT TO ASK, "HEY BILL, WHICH COUCH WAS IT?" 

Clinton claims in his new book that he was forced to sleep on a couch, after "revealing" the truth to Hillary about his affair with Lewinsky. The White House has more than 100 rooms and countless bedrooms, but gullible reporters like Michael Isikoff seem to believe the "couch" version. However, most reviews of Clinton's book are pretty harsh.

If Bill had to sleep on a couch, what was wrong with the Lincoln Bedroom?

Bill Clinton is more than willing to talk about Monica Lewinsky now that he's been paid more than $10 million to do so. In an interview with Dan Rather he said the worst day of his presidency was when he had to tell Hillary that we was going to testify truthfully in front of the grand jury. Apparently, that was worse than when American troops died in Somalia, in the Saudi Arabia Khobar towers, on the USS Cole or when hundreds of civilians died in Oklahoma City and in Waco.

Clinton claims that he told George W. Bush that he was especially worried about Al Qaeda but that Bush changed the subject. Funny, I wonder why Clinton didn't warn all of us Americans more about his so-called biggest fear.

Bill is looking for sympathy by crying about having to sleep on a White House couch. So, I'm wondering... Hey Bill, which couch was it?


Underwhelmed book reviewer

MICHIKO KAKUTANI: The Pastiche of a Presidency, Imitating a Life, in 957 Pages
Part of the problem, of course, is that Mr. Clinton is concerned, here, with cementing — or establishing — his legacy, while at the same time boosting (or at least not undermining) the political career of his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.


JOHN BRODER: In a Sprawling Memoir, Clinton Cites Storms and Settles Scores
The book is sprawling, undisciplined and idiosyncratic in its choice of emphasis. It devotes nearly 100 pages to his childhood but treats large spans of his presidency as a travelogue of campaign cities and foreign capitals.



Gullible reporter

MICHAEL ISIKOFF: The Clinton Book
Exclusive: A first read of the much-anticipated 'My Life'
Clinton also urged Bush to visit North Korea in an effort to seal an agreement that would get that nation to end its nuclear program. Clinton says Bush listened, then quickly changed the subject, according to a copy of the book obtained by NEWSWEEK.


By Weston Kosova and Michael Isikoff: Bill's Self-Portrait
His book is vintage Clinton—by turns interesting and infuriating, inspiring and self-pitying. Unpacking the hotly anticipated memoir 'My Life'
In the book, which NEWSWEEK obtained from a bookstore last week, he writes that Hillary and Chelsea barely spoke to him after he came clean about Lewinsky, and that the president wound up sleeping on the couch for two months.


USA TODAY: Clinton book blitz includes swings at Starr - Ex-president's memoir gets lackluster early reviews

Update: See also, American Mind, Josh Claybourn, James Joyner, Steven Taylor, Instapundit, John Cole, Daily Pundit, Left Coast Conservative.

Update II: Presto Pundit

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