The Clintons’ Awkward Distancing From Obama (Part 2)
It wasn’t more when a few weeks ago that Bill Clinton tried to not so subtly distance his wife from Obama’s “Like Your Plan, Keep Your Plan” lie to the American people while selling Obamacare, only to discover within days that Hillary was first to coin the phrase on the campaign trail in 2007. Today, the former President backpedalled, claiming he was ObamaCare’s top advocate in America.
Now, in the same interview, and on the heels of increased scrutiny of the Clintons’ distancing efforts, Bill Clinton tried to criticize the NSA spying programs targeted at foreign leaders. Oddly enough, it was Hillary who was not only aware of but employed such tactics as Secretary of State.
In a July 2009 classified directive under her name, Clinton demanded top diplomats obtain “forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials” to spy on them.The Associated Press would later report that the NSA began monitoring the U.N.’s internal video conferencing system. Also, at Clinton’s disposal was the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. As a member of the intelligence community with an 8-figure budget and hundreds on staff the bureau was read in on the government’s spying activities and its Assistant Secretary Phillip Goldberg, who has deep Clinton ties, reported directly to her.
Once again, Bill’s attempts to distance Hillary from Obama are clumsy at best.