Q&A Friday #50: Was Bubba’s Explosion On Fox Deliberate?

by John Hawkins | September 29, 2006 5:52 am

Question: “Was Bubba’s performance on Chris Wallace’s show rehearsed or did he really go into meltdown mode? I tend to think the latter: not only was his voice quavering, but his mouth was bone dry. Listening to the audio portion of Clinton’s performance indicates that his mouth was dry to a degree typically only seen (or more precisely, heard) when someone is under a lot of stress.” — Cartman

Answer: I don’t think Clinton faked it at all. I think it’s simply that…

#1) Clinton has been famously concerned about his “legacy,” and how history will view his presidency.

#2) He didn’t do much of significance to fight against terrorism during his presidency and he knows that it makes him look bad. Of course, the same could be said of the Bush Administration pre-9/11, but they have had a chance to redeem themselves while Clinton is out of office.

#3) Liberals like Clinton are used to getting a free pass from the MSM on certain issues. As Chris Wallace[1] noted, that’s what happened to Clinton before his Fox interview:

“Trying to explain Clinton’s hot reaction, Wallace said he read the transcripts of the ex-President’s other media appearances in the last few days — on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ CNN’s ‘Larry King Live,’ FNC’s ‘On the Record with Greta van Susteren,’ among other programs. Wallace said he was “astonished” that none of the others even bothered to raise the terrorism question with Clinton, particularly with his team’s attacks on ABC’s “Path to 9/11″ docu-drama.”

In Clinton’s case, he was put on the spot about an issue that he was very sensitive about and because he hadn’t really had to answer a lot of tough questions about it previously from the liberal media, he handled it poorly and blew up.

And all Clinton’s little temper tantrum did was convince people to focus like a laser on his pre-9/11 record on fighting terror which, quite frankly, doesn’t make him, or for that matter, the Democratic Party, look very impressive.

So, was it deliberate? I really doubt it.

  1. Chris Wallace: http://newsbusters.org/node/7855

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