By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The book tour isn’t over. The questions will continue. With that in mind, columnist Heidi Stevens describes what she’d like to hear the former president say regarding his past behavior and the #Metoo movement.
I’m as tired of Bill Clinton as the rest of you, more tired, probably, since every time I write about #MeToo, I get flooded with emails asking why I’m staying silent on Slick Willie.
(I haven’t stayed silent on Slick Willie, for the record. I wrote about my outrage at his treatment of women back when Hillary Clinton was running for president.)
Anyway, here I am writing about him again, despite my/our Clinton fatigue, because his bumbling, disingenuous thoughts this week about #MeToo were a missed opportunity, and it’s not too late to course correct.
Clinton’s on a book tour with James Patterson. They wrote a novel together, “The President Is Missing,” about a progressive Southern president facing impeachment. Interviewers, naturally, have been posing questions to the former president about his own impeachment.
He had to see this coming. And yet …
“Nobody believes I got out of that for free,” Clinton said on the “Today” show Monday when Craig Melvin asked about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. “I left the White House $16 million in debt, but you typically have ignored gaping facts in describing this, and I bet you don’t even know them. This was litigated 20 years ago.”
He offered a similarly tone-deaf response when CBS’ Mo Rocca asked him how he looks back at his own impeachment.
“It wasn’t a pleasant experience,” Clinton said. “But it was a fight that I was glad to undertake. They knew there was nothing impeachable. And so, we fought it to the end. And I’m glad.”