Clinton Book Stirs Emotion

By: John Berman
By: John Berman

Many reviews have been unenthusiastic, but at least to his admirers, he still has that rock star charm.

They came in droves, waiting all night, braving the rain, all to see a man and his book.

"Bill Clinton is the one person in the world I've ever wanted to meet," said one person waiting outside a store. "I think he's the greatest person living today."

"I absolutely adore President Clinton," said another. "I think he was a wonderful president and I want to thank him for all the wonderful things he did for our country."

Certainly not everyone feels this way, but for the hundreds, maybe thousands showing up at a Manhattan book-signing, it was the overwhelming sentiment.

The former president's autobiography, "My Life", hit the shelves Tuesday. A whopping 957 pages, it sells for $35.00. And to entice readers to shell out the cash, Clinton is staging a massive public relations blitz, facing questions about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show Tuesday.

"Have you spoken to Monica Lewinsky since all of this happened?" asked Winfrey.

"No," said Clinton.

"Do you ever worry about running into her and what would happen if you did?' Winfrey asked.

“I'd say hello to her and say, I hope you're having a good life," Clinton said.

In one interview with the BBC, an unusually angry Bill Clinton had enough of the questions about Monica Lewinsky.

"That's why people like you always help the far right because you like to hurt people, and you like to talk about how bad people are and all their personal failings," said Clinton. "And that's why you made a decision to allocate your time in a certain way. You should take responsibility for that."

Bill Clinton is the man conservatives love to hate, and so far these people are giving scathing reviews of the book. Rush Limbaugh is calling it "my lie."

All this controversy is not a bad thing if you are trying to sell books, and the former president will reportedly need to sell more than 1.5 million for his publisher to break even.

While sales in the Meridian area are moving at a slower pace than larger cities, there is still interest in ''My Life'' by Bill Clinton.

"What inspired him to become President? And then to know more about what caused his actions while he was in office," said Debbie Harris at Books-A-Million in Meridian.

"I'm a fan of the man. I think he was one of our best presidents," said Lloyd Lawrence, another shopper. "And I would like to see what happened during the presidency that maybe I didn't know about yet. I know there's a lot out there but who knows what I don't know?"

President Clinton will also be interviewed by ABC's Charles Gibson Wednesday on Good Morning America and WTOK-TV.


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