Bill Clinton Laughs Off Karl Rove's Implication That Hillary Has Brain Damage

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - OCTOBER 29: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton laughs as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally on October 29, 2012 in Youngstown, Ohio. President Obama had planned to attend the event but cancelled to return to the White House to monitor developments concerning Hurricane Sandy. Political analysts have predicted Ohio voters could potentially decide the upcoming Presidential election. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Good ol' Bill showed the world Wednesday that it takes much more than an incendiary comment to throw off the Clintons: Bill Clinton laughed off Karl Rove's remarks on Hillary Clinton's health. During an annual fiscal summit, Bill noted he was "dumbfounded" by suggestions of Hillary having brain damage. True to fashion, Bill followed up with a lighthearted, not-so-subtle stab at Republican efforts to do "whatever it takes" to bring the former First Lady down.

That embodies that old saying that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. First they said she faked her concussion and now they say she's auditioning for a part on The Walking Dead.

Basically, Bill's saying, a jab at Hillary's health is a drop in the bucket. We're talking about the family that became the center of a political sex scandal; Karl Rove wanting to know "what's up" with Hillary when she wears glasses is just dirt off their shoulders. Still, Bill made clear that his wife's health is a serious matter, adding that she works out every week.

They went to all this trouble to say that she staged what was a terrible concussion. It required six months of very serious work to get over, something she never lowballed with the American people, never tried to pretend it didn't happen...Now they say she's really got brain damage. If she does I must be in really tough shape because she's still quicker than I am.

You said it, Bill.

Though Hillary hasn't officially confirmed a bid for the presidency, she's considered a frontrunner for the White House in 2016. Rove's comments alluding to brain damage referenced a December 2012 incident during which Hillary suffered a blood clot after falling. She was admitted for a three-day stay at a New York hospital.

Rove attempted to clear up his remarks in a Fox News interview Tuesday, explaining that he didn't say Hillary had brain damage, but that his point was that her health would be an issue in the presidential race "whether she likes it or not." 

It's not the first incident in which he's made controversial comments, so this time around comes as no surprise. Rove's had a track record of taking things too far — speculating on candidates' sexuality, accusing people of pedophilia, and saying John McCain fathered a "love child." 

Bill said attacks on Hillary are bound to happen, and it's nothing the Clintons aren't used to. "If it is, you can't be too upset about it. It's just the beginning," he said. "They'll get better and better at it."


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