Chelsea Clinton Gets Defensive When Asked About Lewinsky

Alright, so, here’s a brief video of what happened at a Q & A session at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN):

And here’s a link to a slightly longer video (I’m sorry, but I tried and I can’t embed this one into the blog page):

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3968640n

So, my thoughts… the question never should have been asked.  Do I see where Evan Strange (the kid who asked the question) is coming from, in that it could show Clinton’s strengths?  Yes, but it’s still a WAY too personal question to be asking.  The affair of her father has nothing to do with the campaign of her mother.

On The Trail (a Washington Post blog), readers reacted, and I’ll provide some of the comments.  I was surprised how many people actually sided AGAINST Chelsea here:

The student should have asked about her underwear. Then, like her pa, she could have answered.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 26, 2008 03:21 PM

Exactly, edbyronadams — it seemed like a good question to me — assuming the questioner was an American voter, how exactly is “Was her credibility hurt during the Lewinsky scandal?” none of our business?

Posted by: JakeD | March 26, 2008 03:24 PM

I don’t understand. She’s a grown up now and she’s okay to stump for her mom and take softball questions all day. But when someone asks her a legitimate question regarding the Lewinsky matter, she says “none of your business?” How utterly convenient.Let’s get real here. Senator Clinton is Senator Clinton in part because she played the “innocent victim” card during the lewinsky scandal and stood by her man. We were led to believe she was clueless about her husband’s bimbo scandals despite the fact that this was one of many (Jen Flowers for one, and then there was that lady who the state troopers claimed went to a hotel room with then gov. Clinton…)Yet the recently released itineraries demonstrate that she was home when Slick Willie was getting Little Willie “serviced”.My house isn’t as big as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but if there was some bimbo alone in a room with me in my house, my wife would darn well be aware of what’s going on.So if Clinton knew about Lewinsky, it brings her character and morals into question. When something as personal as one’s religion is considered fair game, this clearly is a question that also deserved an answer. Chelsea’s non answer was typical of what’s turned so many people off about the Clintons.

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | March 26, 2008 04:09 PM

Hearing the video of the question asked of Chelsea makes her look really bad. Her response was defensive and testy. Chelsea could have done her mom a world of good by answering the question with glowing remarks of her mom’s strength of character and etc. But noooooo! Her response “I do not think that is any of your business” is disappointing but expected of a Clinton.

Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 26, 2008 04:22 PM

I thought Chelsea’s answer was funny! and typical Clinton behavior…can’t tell the truth? Put the opponent the blame on the opponent or Q&A attendees in this case?It was a legitimate question – but it should have been asked more diplomatically. But thats [sic] what you get when your almost 30 doing the college tour!

Posted by: ymaxoneil | March 26, 2008 04:26 PM

Now, there were some comments that commended Chelsea (which I left out for the sake of room), but I was surprised at how many bashed her over this.  Like I said – a personal affair of Bill has nothing to do with this, and I probably would’ve gotten just as angry (or angrier).  I mean, Monica Lewinsky ruined a decent part of her childhood – and being asked about it when it’s completely irrelevant would just make me angry – I think it never should have been asked, and it DEFINITELY could’ve been asked in a less blunt way.

Now, the 2nd video did bring up a good point – if she’s working for a campaign, she shouldn’t be exempt from the media.  If she doesn’t want the spotlight on her, she has to get off the stage.  She can refuse to answer questions to reporters, but I see no need for them to bow down to her wishes and turn off cameras whenever she’s around.

On this one though, I say, “Way to go Chelsea!”

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5 Responses to “Chelsea Clinton Gets Defensive When Asked About Lewinsky”

  1. Joe Says:

    RE: Chelsea’s terrible answer to a ligit question

    Thanks for posting the video but I have a problem with this comment of yours…
    “Like I said – a personal affair of Bill has nothing to do with this, and I probably would’ve gotten just as angry (or angrier). I mean, Monica Lewinski ruined a decent part of her childhood – and being asked about it when it’s completely irrelevant would just make me angry”

    If her childhood was ruined it was due to her father’s INFIDELITY, why can’t anyone come to grips with this? And second, there are no private affairs taking place in the Oval Office, it’s the office of an ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL…it’s what helped get him IMPEACHED…remember?

  2. inkslwc Says:

    I understand that it was her father who caused that pain, and I agree that it was the affair, specifically the perjury of the affair, that got him impeached, but it doesn’t affect Hillary’s campaign.

  3. Joe Says:

    It certainly should affect her campain seeing how he is her #1 stumper. Why has everyone given her a free pass, especially the media. I was wondering when this would come out. What would Hillary be doing for the last 7 years if she wasn’t Mrs. Bill Clinton? Would she be Senator…running for President? I think not.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    Then ask her how it affected her, don’t ask her daughter.

    And yes, it’s put her where she is, but that’s more the media attention that gave her that privilege – it’s not like she’s running on the platform of “The Victim of the Sleazy President.”

  5. AJ Says:

    Evan Strange did not put Chelsea Clinton in this unfortunate situation, Bill Clinton did.

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