Thursday, August 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Bill & Hillary as Harry & Louise (1994)

Anybody remember this?

New York Times, March 21, 1994:
The Washington press corps plays gadfly to the occupants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue most of the year. The journalists nitpick and scrutinize until the annual hiatus for the Gridiron Club dinner. Then, they skewer in skit and song.

This year's 109-year-old annual dinner party at the Capital Hilton Hotel on Saturday night had members of the press taking bipartisan potshots at everyone: Democrats like President Clinton, Republicans like Senator Bob Dole, independents like Ross Perot and the harder-to-categorize David R. Gergen, adviser to Presidents of all ideologies.

Mr. Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore were among the dinner guests as were Administration officials, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, lawmakers from Capitol Hill, the diplomatic corps and the designer Ralph Lauren.

Despite a wealth of material for reporters to mine, the objects of the satire, as usual, gave as good as they got, this year occasionally doing a better job of spoofing themselves than did their hosts. Spoofing an Industry Attack

The Clintons, using a videotape, poked fun at those opposed to their health care plan. In the tape, the President and Mrs. Clinton play Harry and Louise, the fictional characters in the insurance industry's television commercials questioning the Clinton plan.

Seated on a sofa paging through a huge volume in her lap, Mrs. Clinton seems alarmed.

"It says here on page 3,764 that under the Clinton health security plan, we could get sick," she says.
The President, holding a coffee mug, shakes his head earnestly and says, "That's terrible."

"It gets worse," she replies. "It says that eventually we all die."

The President is aghast. "Under the Clinton health plan?" he says. "You mean after Bill and Hillary put all those new bureaucrats and taxes on us, we're still all going to die?"

The couple turn to the camera and say in unison: "There's got to be a better way."

The tag line on the screen at the end says, "Paid for by the Coalition to Scare Your Pants Off."
By the way, you can also view this vintage video at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. I recommend going's great!

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