by Dick Morris, former political advisor to
President William Jefferson Clinton
If you happen to see the Bill Clinton’s five minute T V ad for Hillary in which
he introduces the commercial by saying he wants to share some things we may not
know about Hillary's background … beware … as I was there for most of their
presidency and know them better than just about anyone. I offer a few
1. Bill says: "In law school
Hillary worked on legal services for the poor.”
The facts are: Hillary's main
extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on
trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent. She went
to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot
civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.
2. Bill says: "Hillary spent a year after graduation working
on a children's rights project for poor kids.”
The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob
Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob when he
represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an
internship with him.
3. Bill says: "Hillary could have written her own job ticket,
but she turned down all the lucrative job offers."
The facts are: She flunked the D C bar exam,
yes, flunked … it is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas
bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas … none … and only got hired
by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was
already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm
until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after
he was elected Arkansas Governor.
4. Bill says: "President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal
Services Board of Directors and she became its chairman.”
The facts are: The appointment was in
exchange for Bill's support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted
Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a
majority away from Carter's choice to be chairman.
5. Bill says: "She served on the board of the Arkansas
The facts are: Yes she did. But her
main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of
directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and
health care practices.
6. Bill says: "Hillary didn't succeed at getting health care
for all Americans in 1994 but she kept working at it and helped to create the
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children
with health insurance."
The facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with
creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and
Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. I know; I helped to negotiate
the deal. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the
Attorney Generals' tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with
either source of funds.