Former President Clinton talks with Golf Channel
There were no ”Billigans” recorded when former President Bill
Clinton recently sat down with former golf pro David Feherty to
reflect on golf and the nation’s highest office.
The former president opened up for the May 14 episode of
Feherty’s Golf Channel show, ”Feherty.” Clinton, during his time
in the public eye, earned a reputation for taking free
second-chance golf shots known as mulligans, or in his case
”Billigans.” Feherty retired in 1997 with 10 professional golf
”He’s kind of the Arnold Palmer of politicians,” said Feherty,
who was admittedly more serious than normal for his interview with
the former president. ”He makes you feel like you’re the most
important person in the room.”
The conversation drifted back and forth between politics and
Clinton told Feherty that dialogue is a sign of respect that
should be shown when talking with foreign leaders.
”People used to tell me if you do this you’ll look weak. And
once in a while we’d say we have to bomb this place- if we don’t do
it today we’ll look weak.”
Clinton said he always had the same answer: ”I have one
question? Can I kill them tomorrow? And if the answer was yes, then
I’d say, `Then we’re not weak because if we kill them today I can’t
bring them back tomorrow.’ I regret I didn’t do more of it.”
Clinton reflected on the stresses that accompany the leader of
the free world, but said the job was worth it.
”It’s a good thing we have a two term limit,” Clinton said.
”I’d have made them vote me out or take me out in a pine
The 42nd president shared his list of who his all-time list of
ideal golf partners would be.
”I would like to play golf with Harry Vardon and Bobby Jones
… and probably Byron Nelson,” Clinton said. ”I’d like to see
what it was about the way his body worked and his mind worked that
allowed him to win all those tournaments in a row. ”
One topic Feherty didn’t touch on was scandals.
”I’m sure I’ll take some heat for that,” he said. ”I just
don’t care. I’m not interested.”