Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hillary On Staying With Bill Clinton After The Monica Lewinsky Affair - Forgiveness is a Choice

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Hillary Clinton is promoting her latest autobiography and faced questions about her private life, especially about moving on with Bill Clinton after his very public cheating scandal.

The interviewer wanted to know how she felt about her husband's role in the Monica Lewinsky affair, and what it was about Bill that had enabled her to 'forgive his infidelity'.

"Forgiveness is a choice. And I fully respect those who don't make that choice, for whatever reason, in their personal or their professional lives but for me it was absolutely the right choice. For me, it is something that is incredibly difficult but I am grateful everyday that that's the choice that I made and I've counseled others to see if in their own hearts they can also do that. But it's not by accident the great religions, the great writers talk about how the person who forgives is liberated, maybe even more than the person who is forgiven."

On how she perceives Monica Lewinsky being widely reported recently [see here] and describing herself as 'the most humiliated woman in the world', Hillary said;

"Well that is something we have certainly moved beyond and our country has moved beyond. I have wished her well but it's important to stay focused on what's happening in the here and now. For us back in the United States, we still have a lot of work to do. Our people are not recovered from the great recession, there's enormous about of anxiety and insecurity, our politics is dysfunctional, as you can see from over here. So I am looking at the here and now. "

As for her rumored presidential run, Clinton kept it vague:

"I have not decided yet ... I am not going to make that decision until I am ready to make it. It's a profoundly important decision."

Full interview on BBC4 Radio

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