January 30, 2007
Things I Didn't Know
From an Atlantic interview with Bill Clinton (reprinted by, yes, Free Republic):
[Q: Would you like to write a number of books, like Carter or Nixon?] I'd like to write more, if people like this one. This book will not be as policy-oriented as a lot of the books I could write. I've actually been talking to John Kenneth Galbraith about writing a book about American government. I'd be very interested in doing it with him. I think he thinks my autobiography a little frivolous and wants me to get that over with so I can do something serious and worthwhile. [This last sentence delivered wryly.]
Clinton almost wrote a book with Galbraith? That would've been...something. I'm not quite sure what, but definitely something.
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Yeah, there's a mention of it at the end of Richard Parker's biography of Galbraith. Galbraith was intrigued, but begged off, owing to his age and fraility.
Posted by: yeselson | Jan 30, 2007 10:52:48 PM
Holy shit the pure hatred for Bill Clinton on that Free Republic thread is amazing. I mean, it probably shouldn't be amazing, but it is. I don't even think the Kossacs would react like that to a Bush interview--well, maybe they would, but at least it wouldn't be fucking insane. Look at "weegee" on post #15. Holy shit.
Posted by: Korha | Jan 30, 2007 11:24:07 PM
Too bad it didn't happen (although there are clearly good reasons why it didn't, as your first poster noted).
Two rather amazing men who shaped the discourse and shaped the reality. I am hoping for a few more people like them to appear on the scene...and recognized as having something valuable to contribute.
JKG, by the way, was perhaps one of the most gracious people I have ever met, as was his wife.
Posted by: abjectfunk | Jan 30, 2007 11:36:44 PM
John Kenneth Galbraith failed to stop 9/11!
Posted by: Consumatopia | Jan 30, 2007 11:37:47 PM
It seems that the Free Republic site is an important one as Ezra and many other liberal boards link to it. Marcotte and Pam Spaulding regularly discuss what goes on there.
Posted by: Fred Jones | Jan 31, 2007 9:15:17 AM
"It seems that the Free Republic site is an important one as Ezra and many other liberal boards link to it."
In terms of numbers of readers and impact on American society, it clearly is an important site--in much the same sense that Hitler was one of the most important world leaders of the 20th Century . . .
Posted by: rea | Jan 31, 2007 1:06:40 PM
Look at "weegee" on post #15. Holy shit.
Weegee even brings up the subject of Bill Clinton's refusal to grant Wayne DuMond a pardon. This would be the same Wayne DuMond who was pardoned by Mike Huckabee and who later went on to murder a woman in Missouri. Thanks, weegee, that's one Clinton story I hope never dies.
Posted by: d0n camillo | Jan 31, 2007 1:11:53 PM
BClinton would probably have written the book the JFKennedy way: have Arthur Schlessinger (by now, probably the III) write it for him, and have his name put on the cover. Maybe even include an "as told to" reference to the III.
Posted by: raj | Feb 1, 2007 12:19:45 AM
The funny thing is, the people still obssessing over Clinton 6 years after leaving office accuse anybody who disagrees with Bush's policies as suffering from BDS. These idiots have no self awareness at all.
Posted by: merlallen | Feb 1, 2007 5:58:48 AM
Posted by: JUDY | Sep 26, 2007 4:01:21 AM
When we become strong there are no one can beat us and we are the stronger. So I like to play the game even though it is only the beginning of the game.
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