Sunday, June 16, 2024

Bill Clinton on Donna Brazile’s Claims: “She Did it for Book Sales, But You Know Then She Backed Off”


Bill Clinton is still a rock star. So it made sense that he was seated with fellow rock stars Elton John, Sting, and Billy Joel at last night’s Enduring Vision 25th anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation dinner. Aretha Franklin dedicated a song to Clinton, and all the stars clamored to be around him.

Clinton, in a beautiful speech that used Elton’s “Candle in the Wind” as a metaphor, spoke about how the Clinton Foundation and EJAF work together because Elton’s group is so on point. (It’s quite different than amFAR.)

In fact in his own moving speech, Elton noted that 99% of the money that comes in goes right to programs for AIDS research and for AIDS patients. “We pay our own overhead,” he said.

I did ask Bill Clinton about the Donna Brazile controversy this week, in which she claimed that the DNC was rigged for Hillary Clinton’s nomination.

“She did it for book sales,” Clinton said of Brazile, “but you see she changed her story almost the next day. She backed off.”

I said to Clinton, “We don’t like it when they throw our friends under the bus.” And he replied, with that sugary Southern drawl: “No, we do not.”

During the evening, Alec Baldwin came on stage and did his Clinton imitation and his Donald Trump imitation, which, of course, got huge laughs. Later when Clinton took the stage he jokingly introduced himself as “William Jefferson Donald Clinton.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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