The ‘Clinton Era’ in Quotes

Don’t you miss the Clintons? Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, Whitewater, impeachment hearings, perjury, cash for pardons, trashing the White House, Vince Foster’s suicide, raising taxes, “loathing” the military, Waco, Elian Gonzalez, Janet Reno, Jocelyn Elders, renting out the Lincoln bedroom, travelgate, Paula Jones, etc, etc, etc.

Well you can relive those days with “The ‘Clinton Era’ in Quotes”…Enjoy


“I think the country could be spared a lot of agony and the government could worry about inflation and a lot of other problems if [Nixon would] go on and resign. [There is] no question that an admission of making false statements to government officials and interfering with the FBI and the CIA is an impeachable offense.” — Bill Clinton on Richard Nixon in 1974

“The other thing we have to do is to take seriously the role in this problem of…older men who prey on underage women… There are consequences to decisions and…one way or the other, people always wind up being held accountable” — Bill Clinton on teen pregnancy in 1996

“I ask that all Americans demonstrate in their personal and public lives…the high ethical standards that are essential to good character and to the continued success of our Nation — Bill Clinton in 1997 during National Character Counts Week.

“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth” — Bill Clinton in 1995

“There’s just no such thing as truth when it comes to him. He just says whatever sounds good and worries about it after the election” — Bill Clinton on George Bush during the 1992 election

“No wonder Americans hate politics when, year in and year out, they hear politicians make promises that won’t come true because they don’t even mean them – campaign fantasies that win elections but don’t get nations moving again” — Bill Clinton during the 1992 election

“It is wrong to raise money on the promise of guaranteeing specific kinds of access. That is wrong and we have stopped that” — Bill Clinton, 1995


“The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people” — Bill Clinton 1993 on MTV

“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans” — Bill Clinton in 1993 from USA Today

You know the one thing that’s wrong with this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say.” — Bill Clinton in 1993, Philadeplphia

The Classics

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” — Bill Clinton’s Grand Jury Testimony

“[W]hen I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale.” — Bill Clinton

“I am writing too in the hope that my telling you this one story will help you to understand more clearly how so many fine people have come to find themselves still loving their country but loathing the military ” — Bill Clinton in a letter 1969

“I’ll tell you the whole story about that budget. Probably there are people in this room still mad at me at that budget because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much, too” — Bill Clinton 1995

“I may not have been the greatest president, but I’ve had the most fun eight years” — Bill Clinton

“You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That’s a good-looking mummy” ‘Bill Clinton, looking at an Incan mummy at the National Geographic museum

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman” — Bill Clinton on Monica Lewinsky

“I feel I would be better trained for it, more prepared” — Bill Clinton’s response after Sept. 11th when asked “Do you wish you were president now?”


“I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president” — Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpeonaed documents.

“This vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for President” — Hillary Clinton

“I have to confess that it’s crossed my mind that you could not be a Republican and a Christian.” – Hillary Clinton in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1997

“I can’t worry about every under capatilized business” — Hillary Clinton, testifing before congress on the effects of Nationalized Health Care.

“The administration has undone so much of the success of the last eight years in less than eight months” — Hillary Clinton on George W. Bush’s administration

“I have said that I’m not running and I’m having a great time being pres ‘ being a first-term senator” — Hillary Clinton

“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle” — Hillary Clinton

“I’m not some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette” — Hillary Clinton while being questioned about Bill’s infidelity

Al Gore

“I think the ethical standards established in this White House have been the highest in the history of the White House” — Al Gore, 1996

“I’m very familiar with the importance of dairy farming in Wisconsin. I’ve spent the night on a dairy farm here in Wisconsin. If I’m entrusted with the presidency, you’ll have someone who is very familiar with what the Wisconsin dairy industry is all about.” — Al Gore explaining his intimate familiarity with dairy farming

“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” — Al Gore

“Who ARE these people?” — Al Gore while looking at busts of the Founding Fathers at Monticello

“Any government official who … lies to the United States Congress will be fired immediately” – Al Gore, 1987

“My first pledge will be to restore integrity to the White House. And I’ll fire anyone who has lied to the American people or the United States Congress” — Al Gore, 1988

Friends, Family, the Press, and Colleagues

Bill Clinton is an unusually good liar”- Bob Kerry, Democrat, 1996

“In the end, Clinton remains unrivaled as a campaigner. But the last time we looked, the president has some responsibilities besides watching the polls and running for re-election: And they include governing the country” — New York Post 1995

“I’m not sure what he meant. His words are subject to multiple interpretations.” — Dem. Rep. Pete Geren on Clinton in 1994

“If Bill Clinton can get above 60% in the polls, he can start dating again” — Fritz Hollings, Dem

“Stephanopoulos knew that it was a mistake to assume that any one moment with Clinton, any one conversation, day, or even week reflected Clinton’s true feelings or unchanging fundamental attitude about something” — Bob Woodward on Clinton

“The president looked me in the eye and told me the same thing on several occasions. And I’m not upset. You want to know why? Because I never believed him in the first place.” ‘Sen. Robert Torricelli, on Bill Clinton’s denial of a Monica Lewinsky affair.

“You’d better call my dad…My mom’s pretty busy.” — Chelsea Clinton

“The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.” – George Stephanopolous, 1996

“I just got sick and tired of lying for the fella.” — Jim McDougal on Clinton

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” ‘James Carville, after Paula Jones made a sexual harassment allegation against Bill Clinton

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