Former President Bill Clinton on “Ellen” Yesterday

Former President Bill Clinton made an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres” show yesterday discussing Bin Laden and driving.  Two very different subjects, however Ellen approached Bin Laden professionally of course.  She did start out the interview on a lighter note discussing Clinton’s inability to drive.

Former President Bill Clinton 5/4/2012

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“What’s the one thing everyday that you wish you could do but you can’t because of who you are?” asked Ellen.  “Drive,” said Clinton.

“Really you’re not allowed to drive?” asked Ellen.

“I mean if I wanna give up Secret Service protection for life I could do it,” said Clinton.

Ellen joked, “Can you drive in circles on your lawn?”

Clinton remarked, “That’s why whenever I’m on the golf course I always make em’ let me drive the golf cart.” The audience roared with laughter.

On a much more serious note, Ellen was curious to know how the former President found out about Bin Laden and how he reacted.

“When they got Bin Laden and their was a photograph that was released, how much time goes by before you found out that they got Bin Laden,” said Ellen. “Did you find out pretty quickly right away?”

“Yeah I’m trying to remember exactly when I was notified. But I’m pretty sure that I was notified by the White House not the State Department which is exactly the right thing.”

Hilary Clinton was not the one to tell him because he stated, “When Hilary became Secretary of State I said I don’t want any more briefings unless the National Security or the White House people want me to have it because I never want to inadvertently say something that complicates their job.”  “She never said a word,” he said.

“What was your reaction when you heard it?” asked Ellen.

“It was a long saga for me deeply, personally, and emotional,” said Clinton. “And because I’m a New Yorker I knew people who died on 9/11.”