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Bill Clinton on film

Remember when America had a president that wasn’t a total and uncultured idiot? (In two months it might happen again…)

Roger Ebert has posted this to his website: a transcript of a conversation he had with sitting president Bill Clinton in 1999. Ebert can sometimes come off as a bit full of himself (as he does even in this discussion) but Clinton’s end of the conversation is wonderful and reveals an artistically in-tune side of him I never knew about.

Say what you will about his taste in women…you can’t fault him on his taste in cinema.

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You missed the Bush interview on the same site:

RE: So your pick for best film would be…?

GWB: Big Momma’s House. He’s a guy, okay? Only, he’s dressed like a…heh heh…heh heh…heh heh heh…a-heh heh…like a…heh…heh heh..ha ha…ha ha…it’s great. Are we done?

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By Andrew
September 11, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

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I actually looked for that, you bastard.

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By Seb Patrick
September 11, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

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Clinton comes across extremely well in that piece.

The Fight Club discussion is fascinating. Clinton got it but had a few doubts, Ebert didn’t and so misunderstands what people say to him ABOUT it…

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By Andrew
September 12, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

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>Clinton got it but had a few doubts, Ebert didn’t and so misunderstands what people say to him ABOUT it…

Exactly. It’s that moment (early in the piece) that made me remember that Clinton really was a smart guy. Obviously a few indiscretions are going to live on in the public consciousness, but there’s a man who had a mind for the classics and was still open to exploring meaning in more current films. The fact that he also had doubts means he was perceptive enough to question what he saw, and to judge the implications for himself.


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By Phil Reed
September 12, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

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I’m voting for Obama. That’s close, right?

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By Meg
September 12, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

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