We just posted news of "41," a biography of former President George H.W. Bush, so in the spirit of balance here's an announcement about an Image Entertainment release of "The Clintons: An American Odyssey." Besides, after Bill's big televised speech, is there anyone who doesn't admire the guy just a little bit?
Chatsworth, CA – His dedication to the country far exceeds his presidential achievements. His charisma and charm are matched by few, his scandal one of the biggest in U.S. political history and his two-term presidential tenure marked the creation of 18.7 million jobs and the last time our country saw a balanced budget. Her accomplishments included creating the first serious debate about national health care with the Clinton Health Care Plan, advocating for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act and projecting equality and decisiveness in fulfilling her duties as First Lady. On October 2nd Image Entertainment will release The Clintons: An American Odyssey, a profound documentary told through the Clintons’ own experiences and words taken from archival footage. Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert Kline ("Ronald Reagan: An American Journey," "The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings"), the SRP for the DVD is $19.98.
"The Clintons: An American Odyssey" pieces together the many pivotal moments during the Clintons’ sometimes controversial terms in office, from the Middle East peace movements to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that shook the nation.
Through snippets of their political careers see why the President who was impeached for lying to a nation is also the same man selected twice as Time’s “Man of the Year,” included in Gallup’s “List of Widely Admired People of the 20th Century” and why in 2011 Hillary was named the most admired woman by Americans for the tenth straight time.
From their college years and early political activism, William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton built a legacy of public service that would lead to the governorship of Arkansas and eventually to his election in 1992 as President of the United States. Beyond their years in the White House, the highest-profile couple in the free world didn't retire. Hillary served as U.S. Senator, made a history-making run for the presidency against Barack Obama and finally stepped into the role of Secretary of State. Bill continued to make his mark as a leader in philanthropy and advocacy with global influence. From their unprecedented achievements, disappointing defeats, dramatic power struggles and crippling scandals, it's all here in a thought provoking, insightful time capsule, telling one of America's greatest personal and political stories.
"The Clintons: An American Odyssey" captures the history, the accomplishments, and yes, the contradictions of a historic husband-and-wife political team that shows the power of what happens when two forces of nature come together in service to their country.
Editor's note: I saw Hillary Clinton speak at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago once, and she spoke eloquently without a teleprompter and without note cards for a good half-hour, peppering her remarks with facts and figures and details. But a strong, candid woman in Washington was an abberation. I still remember her Nightline response to how active and assertive and high-profile she was being as a First Lady—"I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life"—and the flap that it caused. And her equally flip post-Monica remark at a 60 Minutes interview: "You know, I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him."