Clinton: I Never Denied Smoking Pot

Bill Clinton opens up about his infamous drug quote

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks during the 19th Life Ball show at the Town Hall in Vienna on May 21, 2011

In an interview with Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos on Tuesday, Clinton said he “never denied” smoking marijuana. “I didn’t say I was holier than thou, I said I tried. I never denied that I used marijuana,” Clinton said.

President Obama has been open about the fact that he experimented with both marijuana and cocaine when he was younger. Ramos asked if Clinton were running now if he would answer questions about his drug use differently. Clinton said the original answer he gave during his presidential campaign in 1992 had been twisted by the media.

Clinton famously claimed he didn’t inhale when smoking weed during his Rhodes scholar years. “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and didn’t like it,” Clinton said. “I didn’t inhale, and I didn’t try it again.”

Looking back now, Clinton says, “I told the truth. I thought it was funny. And the only journalist who was there said I told the truth.”

Clinton skirted the question as to whether he would have approached immigration differently from Obama. “It’s just not fruitful,” Clinton said. “It’s not fruitful to go back over that ground.”

The former President did make the point that had the public elected a different Congress, immigration reform might have passed by now. Top Republicans in the House of Representatives have refused to vote on a large-scale immigration bill.

He also noted that he has “serious reservations” about spying on world leaders. “Well, it depended on who they were,” Clinton told Ramos. “If we thought they were engaged in hostile acts against the United States … then [American agencies] might do it. But — I’m not sure — we didn’t have the capability then to do a lot of what’s being done today.”

On the subject of the 2016 election, Clinton said he doesn’t know if his wife is running in 2016. “She’s trying to finish her book. She’s gotten her – several projects up and going with our foundation,” he said. “And she believes, and I believe, that the four-year campaign mania is a big mistake.”

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137 comments
NotASpectator
NotASpectator

Give me a politician with ethics and integrity.  What does this mean?  If you smoked pot, snorted coke, had extramarital affairs, or are gay or bisexual and you are called out on it, just admit it.

Everyone is human.  Everyone makes mistakes and does things they may later regret.  This is called living and learning, but lying about these issues to stay in power is not acceptable.   The action of lying to maintain your position demonstrates that you as an individual are willing to jeopardize everything even the wellness of your constituents to stay in power. 



ChandraPanchabhikesan
ChandraPanchabhikesan

Bill Clinton is human and has his fair share of weaknesses.  Let us concentrate on his indomitable strengths where he gave his heart and soul for the betterment of Americans and world citizens by his intelligent policies. He would be a huge source of strength for Hillary if she decides to run for Presidency in 2016. America will certainly need the wisdom and experience of this level-headed ex-President.


Pancha Chandra Brussels.

StephenSwain
StephenSwain

Now he says so.  What about all that "I didn't inhale" stuff?  Here's the deal Beeyul:  If you don't inhale, you don't get off.  It's just a principle of the universe.

BigTunatoo
BigTunatoo

It´s amazing how the general public loves to

see high profile celebrities as SQUEAKY CLEAN!


During his college years, Bill was just an ordinary

man doing ordinary things to include an occasional

joint!

God forgives.....I hope the general public can too!!!!!!!

henage87
henage87

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valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS....FOR THE ELDERLY.....DFEND THE WEAK....KNIGHTS TEMPLARS....


SO WHAT IS NEW OR SHOCKING.......BILL CLINTON IS A DOPER.......BARRY O"BAMA IS A DOPER AND A SNORTER.....AND GS IS A BOOZER.........


NO WONDER THE COUNTRY IS FRUCKED UP.....


VALENTINE. COMEDIAN, LOL

larryrob
larryrob

I suppose he never ejaculated either with the intern.


I can't believe this scumbag is still a public figure.


Gotta be a Democrat!

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

Wait until the lying scum Hillary tries to run for president.  Don't let her get away with lying about legalizing pot like Obama did.


Hillary has to smoke a joint in Colorado on camera, otherwise she will be a lying scum like her husband.


Tater
Tater

Good point. Any politician claiming to support MJ reform needs that photo in the ether. I won't hold my breath. They still won't admit to being closet users.

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

If Clinton didn't inhale, how does he know he didn't like it?  What a lying scum who won't even come clean before he kicks the bucket.


boycottlove
boycottlove

"I did not inhale"

Oh Clinton.  Stick to political matters please, because clearly you're not the brightest when it comes to representing yourself in the public eye

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

if he didn't inhale though, he didn't really smoke anything, so yes, he did say he didn't smoke pot

JoseGonzales
JoseGonzales

He also said he didn't like it which implies he did inhale.


edlf
edlf

Clinton did say he smoked pot 'once or twice'  He did not say which it was, once or twice.  Therefore I would tend to believe his use of this phrase was simply his way of saying he had smoked pot.  I do not recall him mentioning cocaine at that time.  He is quite clever with words, he convinced many he apologized for his sexual goings-on with the young girl who was young enough to be his daughter.  He did not apologize, he said what he had done was wrong.  He did not say he was sorry for what he had done.  His friendly supporters said she seduced him.  Poor fellow, he couldn't help himself, it was all her fault.

benebeth
benebeth

You did so lie. A time or two and you were QUITE emphatic about not inhaling. We in Arkansas laughed and laughed, we know you were into snorting.

JohnDavidDeatherage
JohnDavidDeatherage

Some people think not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth.

dataflunky
dataflunky

Did no one tell him that you are supposed to inhale? Otherwise, what is the point of smoking pot?

ky.blue
ky.blue

@dataflunky When I was fourteen, I took one puff on a cigarette (tobacco, not pot).  I immediately choked, laid down the cigarette, and never smoked again.  Clinton has said elsewhere that before he went to England, where he tried the pot, he'd never smoked anything.  I've always interpreted "I didn't inhale" from my own frame of reference--that is, he tried to inhale and gagged on the smoke.

lex11
lex11

Look at the number of potheads we have as Presidents. Obama should ship some of that sh*t over to the Chinese and lower the budget deficit.

ThomasAndrews
ThomasAndrews

@lex11 Most people would count "0" potheads as presidents (unless you count Washington, and his fields of hemp).  Your reasoning of "smoke pot once or twice= pothead" is, however, stunningly impregnable.  Kudos, fine sir.

JanetLimNakaw-Poles
JanetLimNakaw-Poles

he didn't inhale.... yeah right, my butt.

And he didn't have sexual relations with Ms. Lewinski, oh  no-siree.....

Tater
Tater

He didn't inhale....and he only put "the tip" in. He never was asked if he enjoyed the latter though.

Slatlantican
Slatlantican

In an attempt to hedge his bets, he gave an internally contradictory answer.  It doesn't strike him as odd, because he has always parsed language to avoid sensitive topics ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman").

seanster5977
seanster5977

Clinton too stupid to understand you have to inhale pot to actually try it?

FletcherSandbeck
FletcherSandbeck

"I experimented with marijuana a time or two" really tells the whole story.

US_exceptionality
US_exceptionality

http://imgur.com/yTXizBN

Do you know, why the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights)concluded, that the  Khodorkovsky case is not political and confinement in prison has legitimate?

JHL27
JHL27

He simply doesn't want to admit he lied. "I didn't inhale", but I smoked?

Sort of like "I did not have sex with that woman" because I didn't inhale, I guess. Same logic.

hizway1
hizway1

Well one thing is for sure, no one is happy with any of the Presidents. There are flaws on both sides, things that are unfair for both sides, a catch 22. So why don't we elect a President that will actually work for all of us? Why do you all have to be so one sided? No one is right. How about starting with humility and then perhaps we can do something ground breaking.

Joe.User
Joe.User

@hizway1 You're right. There is bad on both sides but no good person is willing to drag themselves or their family through what has become the very dirty game of politics. You almost have to be fatally flawed to be willing to subject yourself to it all.

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

@Joe.User @hizway1 Exactly.  What truly talented, level-headed person would willingly put him/herself through it?  There have to be hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who would be better presidents than the ones we've had over the last couple of decades.