September 21, 2005
Did President Bush I Criticize President Clinton?
Yes! And while Clinton was in office. The claim made by some, such as Brit Hume, that this never happened is just plain false. Media Matters has the details: Here's my summary.
- October 13, 1993, Bush I expressed concern about the humanitarian mission to Somalia
- February 1994, Bush I criticized the Clinton administration's purported lack of a "general strategy" in foreign policy particularly with regard to Haiti.
- March 8, 1994, Bush I again criticized Clinton with regard to Haiti.
- On April 8, 1994, Bush I criticized Clinton's proposed health care reform legislation.
- During a July 26, 1996, Bush I criticized Clinton for boasting of about the "current economic stability."
- November 1, 1996, Bush I suggested that Clinton had compromised the "integrity of the White House."
- April 23, 1998, Bush I criticized the Clinton White House and its allies for their continuing public campaign against the independent counsel and his investigation"
I'm not claiming that Clinton didn't deserve criticism for some or maybe all of these things. My claim and that of Media Matters is that there is not some kind of a tradition that former presidents do not criticize current presidents as I have heard in the media from time to time. It's high time Clinton began speaking out against the current President and his ideological cronies. My real question is, "Why didn't he do it sooner?"
Posted by DuaneSmith at September 21, 2005 07:37 PM | Read more on Current Events |
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