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2004-08-03 11:06:03 PM  
Strunk & White, APA, Chicago all show this. Unfortunately they are fee based and not available for free online so linking to them is pointless. A librarian would be able to show these to you.

Wikipedia is not authoratative, although frequently correct, has no controlling authority, no board of editors that verifies the informaiton contained.

However unless one is writing for publication or for public speaking it really matters very little if one calls former presidents president, we all know about whom you are talking either way.

2004-08-03 11:07:16 PM  
I prefer to think of him as

The Peace and Prosperity President Clinton.

But that's just me.

Bush Issues Homo Alert
2004-08-03 11:07:22 PM  
Really, if "Greatest President Ever" means "Best To Suck Europe's Ass" then Clinton is the new Son of Man.

Absolutely hilarious. Seriously. That's the funniest thing I have ever read. Nothing will ever be funny again. You are the master of humor. God-like, really. Do you try or are you just so cool you can come up with something like that without thinking about it? Man. I really want your autograph. I want to be you. I want to sew my head to your back. Your humor works on so many levels. It's like you take the phrase "best president ever" and turn it into "best to suck Europe's ass". That's comedy gold. It surely shall be included in the annals of comedy along with Carlin's seven dirty words and Abbot and Costello's "Who's on first" routine. Kudos to you, funnyman, and Godspeed in your continuing quest to bring your unique brand of humor to the world.
2004-08-03 11:07:33 PM  
He's a comedian, that cannot be denied.
2004-08-03 11:08:06 PM  
Ron Nessen actually got in trouble for doing that show, one of then president Fords' sons got very uppity about it and was not happy that the presidents press secretary was "shoved up the presidents' ass."

No way in hell that SNL would dare to do anything to actually offend anyone nowadays.
2004-08-03 11:08:57 PM  
BTW, the one thing that pisses off Republicans the most is that if Clinton could have run in 2000, he'd be president now, and probably next year, too.

I doubt that would be true. He had a good run, but if he was all that popular, Gore should have won by a landslide. Didn't happen. Too much controversy around MonicaGate. Oh well.

Reagan probably woulda been re-elected in 88 if that had been allowed. Fortunately he couldn't, since the Alzheimers would have kicked in during that term.

BTW: I hear ex presidents being called "President" all of the time. I don't know if it is acceted by anyone's style book, but in the media it is very common.
2004-08-03 11:09:35 PM  
Except stay on the air...
2004-08-03 11:09:59 PM  
This should be awesome.

I wonder if he'll top Rev. Sharpton? The Reverand was pretty good when he did SNL.
2004-08-03 11:10:37 PM  
What absolutely amazes me about Clinton is the degree to which my students idolize him. I teach mostly lower-income minorities (though, in Houston, neither black nor hispanic really qualifies as minority), and they still have a huge amount of passion for him.

Me? Meh. He wasn't a horrible president, though he was a horrible role-model in pretty much every sense of the word. Infidelity is bad enough... if your marriage isn't wired to swing, the door should never hit you in the ass... but then lying about it, and trying to avoid responsibility for his own actions? It compounds it, and winds up tainting his presidency as much as the over-zealousness of his detractors.
2004-08-03 11:10:41 PM  
UN that puts Khadaffi in charge of the Human Rights Commission and Saddam in Charge of the Disarmament Commission

The chairmanship of the commissions are allocated yearly by alphabetical order.
2004-08-03 11:10:51 PM  
Isn't it former president Clinton?

No, he's still the president of the Arkansas Cheese Lover Association
2004-08-03 11:11:11 PM  
Argh_Dammit [TotalFark]: He may or may not have been the best president, but he was definitely - and remains - the coolest president ever. That man rocks.

Ok, I completely disagree with this. He might have been the least evil president within the past 20 years, but definitely not the coolest of all time. You might want to consider the constributions he received from Chinese officials from whom which he allowed access to secret nuclear weapons info. the US had. Not necessarily saying it was ok for America to have that info, but definitely not in the scope of his authority to allow another country to have it without the authorization from the Defense ministry.
2004-08-03 11:12:01 PM  
Gore ran away from Clinton, or else he would have won in a landslide. Gore was too puritan to say to the country, look hey, it was just sex, what's the big deal?

Bush Issues Homo Alert
2004-08-03 11:12:43 PM  
Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, can beat Jesse Jackson's "Green Eggs and Ham" on SNL.

Does anyone have a video of that? I would love to have that in my collection.

Funniest. Shiat. Ever.
2004-08-03 11:12:44 PM  
If I were an intern, I'd make him roger me arseways.
2004-08-03 11:13:08 PM  
i never understoof why the US would only let a president have office for 2 terms... Expecialy if you guys liked him so much...
Ohh Canada...
2004-08-03 11:13:37 PM  

I want to sew my head to your back.

Now THAT is the funniest thing I've ever read.
2004-08-03 11:15:24 PM  
Because American politics is just one big joke?
2004-08-03 11:16:01 PM  
I'm certain I've seen and heard numerous references to "President Reagan" lately. The rule of thumb I've always seen is that as a title, it is "President," period. As a description, it is "the former president" (as opposed to "the president," or "the current president"). I'm sticking with President Clinton, and to be fair, with President Nixon, President Reagan, etc. Governor Clinton would be just plain silly and confusing, unless you're referring to something he did specifically in his capacity as the former governor of Arkansas.
2004-08-03 11:17:06 PM  

Our government relies on a system of checks and balances. It has been set up deliberately to prevent change from happening very fast. It ensures a level of stability and diversity.

If a president were in office for 40 years, their influence on the government would be virtually impossible to erase. And the focus of American government is on the people, not on the leadership.
2004-08-03 11:17:47 PM  
Snow25, blame FDR and George Washington.

Essentially, FDR was the Clinton of his day... wildly popular with the lower classes, and absolutely loathed by his opponents. He managed to get elected 4 times, and it may be that dying in his 4th term is all that kept him from being elected a 5th (can't say). So, a few years after he's died, George Washington's 2 term, self-imposed limit was dredged up and presented as the ideal... and the feeling was strong enough to amend the constitution.
2004-08-03 11:18:13 PM  
Bill Clinton was the President? Gee, I thought it was Hillary who had that job. Someones messing with the history books already. Durn.
2004-08-03 11:19:00 PM  
snow25 Roosevelt's fault, four terms in office and the senate said 'not anymore.'

calling these people evil (Clinton and Bush)puts them in leagues with people like hitler and stalin, i think you should give it a rest. bad presidents? maybe, evil no.
2004-08-03 11:19:12 PM  
2004-08-03 10:02:17 PM bawanaal

on the show that Ron Nessen hosted, i seem to recall a taped Gerald Ford saying "Live from New York...It's Saturday Night!"

I also read that Nessen got a serious dressing-down and nearly lost his job for allowing himself (and, by extension the presidency) to be associated with the Fluckers Jam ad (with a name like dog's got to be good. oh yeah? well with a name like death camp, you KNOW it's gotta be good! oh yeah? well with ...etc), an ad for "Summer's Eve...the Carbonated Douche" that ended with (i think) Dan Ayckroyd burbing while Gilda Radner smiled next to him and other very funny sketches that seemed to go out of their way to be even more offensive than usual.

2004-08-03 11:19:34 PM  
Round up Carter, Ford, and Bush I, and we could have a live action eX-Presidents sketch!! w00t!

Of course he'll jam with the band.

And a Colonel Augus sketch! Yeeessh!

Have him dealing with his brother Roger crashing a White House function

Have him trying to give Al Gore politician lessons! ("C'Mon, Al, you've got to loosen up and FEEL THE FUNK")

His administration provides endless material for the best SNL episode in a long time.
2004-08-03 11:20:05 PM  

I don't have a video, but I remember it quite well and agree with you. How he did it with a straight face is beyond me.

Bush Issues Homo Alert
2004-08-03 11:20:32 PM  

Expecialy? OMFG.
2004-08-03 11:20:35 PM  
maybe i might watch it once to see him but never again because that show sucks?
2004-08-03 11:20:54 PM  
I'll be watching. Love him or hate him, the man is a born performer and I'll bet he'll have a great time making fun of himself as well as all those who spent all eight years of his presidency desperately trying to crawl up his ass.
2004-08-03 11:21:45 PM  
2004-08-03 11:13:08 PM Snow25

Term limits are isn't a popularity contest, it's someone taking the reins of government (believe it or not)

Public office should be a service, not a step or two below royalty.

And I was kinda paranoid that Clinton was going to suspend the Constitution and take "emergency powers" after some kind of terrorist-related disaster. I guess I thought something worse than 9/11 was going to happen on his watch, and he'd seize power out of necessity.

Think: it's going to happen eventually. Maybe not in the next four years, but possibly in eight.

And I see I've gone satellite orbit on this...
2004-08-03 11:22:25 PM  
Hi I', Bill Clinton and I love being here and being the center of attention again.
2004-08-03 11:22:50 PM  
Why does TV Guide hate America?
2004-08-03 11:23:45 PM  
I would be more happy if GWB hosted SNL.
2004-08-03 11:24:17 PM  
Colonel ANGUS...

2004-08-03 11:24:43 PM  
Nuke Laloosh:
Forbes was possibly the most uncomfortable looking host in the history of SNL, he stared down those cue cards more than Heather Locklear.. who was so bad they had to write half her sketches as someone who would be reading cue cards (telethon, morning show etc..)

but I think what made the forbes episode special was that the musical guest was rage against the machine... sadly there were little problems (except for something about upside down flags having to be removed from the set)

... how the fark did I know that?
2004-08-03 11:26:27 PM  
I don't really try, to tell the truth. Last on, on the Van Halen board, I wrote 'Good like a hummer, but only a good hummer' and I thought it was really funny.

I dunno, I just had so little use for Clinton. I like how 'Unemployment is down to 4.8' in Clinton's Era and 'Unemployment is up to 4.8' in Bush's. Frankly, I wish they'd all go lick the Devil's Testicle. Go Libertarians!
2004-08-03 11:27:34 PM  
mark12A - "Round up Carter, Ford, and Bush I, and we could have a live action eX-Presidents sketch!! w00t!"

That has got to be the best idea ever. Security might be a pain in the arse, but it would be worth it.
2004-08-03 11:27:38 PM  
gee it took almost 60 posts before some brain stem bashes Hillary!!!!! Yer slippin people seriously!
(please, please please for the love of Allah and his ever compassionate self somebody find something, anything remotely resembling anything new to pick on The Clintons for, pleeease ...............a WHOLE BAG of tollhouse Morsely goodness to the nazi that pulls that one out of his reichstag!)
d23 [BareFark]
2004-08-03 11:28:29 PM  
on the list of "ex-porticos" you forgot a big one...
Ron Regan.

He hosted SNL while his dad was still president... and embarassed the hell out of him.
2004-08-03 11:28:48 PM  
I love how everybody seems to like Clinton now. It was less than four years ago when everybody was up in arms about a goddamn BJ, and now, suddenly, it's all sinking in:

The man is awesome. Were it not for his scary wife, I'm sure he would have taken over the universe.
2004-08-03 11:28:49 PM  
I prefer to think of him as the Impeached and Convicted Liar Who Promised the People of Arkansas His Full Attention for 4 Years and Then Ran for President 1 Year Later Former President Clinton, but that may be a bit to lengthy. So I just shorten it to "Liar".

Ok, ok, darvijen, we get it. Bush has issued a Homo Alert. Unlike you, we only need to be told once for it to sink in.

/SNL's new motto apparently is, "Now watch this drivel".
2004-08-03 11:30:19 PM  
If he's supposed to be called "former President" Clinton, then republican radio hosts are slipping in subliminal messages to their shows...I knew nobody could actually strafe that far to the right...
d23 [BareFark]
2004-08-03 11:34:46 PM  
*I* was not up in arms about the blowjob... I was up in arms that Republicans were using any crowbar they could find to try to overturn an election (that election, BTW, is STILL the latest un-tainted election in this country).

I have not forgotten and I am going to vote against my senator that voted to kick him out of office (and also voted to put discrimination against gays in our constitution).
2004-08-03 11:35:36 PM  

"..the UN that puts Khadaffi.." yeah like the one where Bush is the UN representative to the US.

/you say Khadaffi, I say Gaddafi, lets call the whole thing off.

Libya headed up Human Right Council for 2 years, gives up WMD production, nuclear proliferation and joins treaty to ban landmines (WHICH WE HAVEN'T DONE)
2004-08-03 11:35:50 PM  
anonymous guy,

If you paid attention, you'd see that my links vary in which site they lead to.

Bush Issues Homo Alert
2004-08-03 11:35:59 PM  
abdul - "I love how everybody seems to like Clinton now. It was less than four years ago when everybody was up in arms about a goddamn BJ..."

Yeah, we always seem to look back fondly on all of our past presidents. Look at Reagan, he has been remembered very fondly in the past few years. Even Richard Nixon.

Anyone recall the Steve Martin bit about Nixon just walking on the beach, with his "big ol' shorts on and a metal detector". You almost feel bad for the guy. Almost.
2004-08-03 11:36:15 PM  
Years ago SNL did a brilliant sketch with Phil Hartman playing Clinton as Arkansas Governor, in his underwear, standing in the govenors residence kitchen after a fight with Hilliary, as the State Troopers came in, investigating "reports of a domestic dispute". Priceless. Now, if Bill could just get Hilliary to play along....
2004-08-03 11:37:06 PM  
2004-08-03 11:41:42 PM  
you know.. too bad SNL doesn't have the squirrel cliche to do it right.

It's just a shame that they wouldn't do at least one skit where he'd either be forced to watch or reinact some of the ways they've portrayed him..

Clinton seems like the type of guy who would be able to handle it
2004-08-03 11:41:53 PM  


I don't have a video, but I remember it quite well and agree with you. How he did it with a straight face is beyond me.

Dr. Seuss had just died. Jackson did it as a tribute, not as a gag. It's one of the mopst moving moments on SNL ever.
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