Urbin Report

Friday, June 25, 2004

Bill Clinton makes stuff up...

From our friends at CroooowBlog:

Bill Clinton's "My Life" was only hours past its official release, and Harvard professor Roger Porter was already getting nastygrams by e-mail yesterday. "Shame," said one person who'd read Clinton's version of a warning supposedly given by Porter, a policy aide in George H.W. Bush's White House, if Clinton were unwise enough to seek the presidency in 1992.

Porter's alleged quote: "The press has to have somebody in every election, and we're going to give them you. . . . We'll spend whatever we have to spend to get whoever we have to get to say whatever they have to say to take you out."

A mild-mannered presidential scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Porter says there's one problem with Clinton's account of the conversation. "It never happened," he told The Washington Post's John Harris yesterday. "I will attest to you and swear on a stack of Bibles that I never had a conversation with him like that. He's making up the story."