Did Bill Clinton Write ‘Bull****’ on Draft of ’94 Address to the Nation?


Win McNamee/Getty Images for the Clinton Foundation(WASHINGTON) — Someone — perhaps Bill Clinton himself — thought it would be “bull****” for Clinton to tell America that a letter from an Indiana mother convinced him the government is more of a burden than a help.

Written on a December 1994 speech draft labeled “Address to the Nation/December, 1994,” the handwriting looks like it could be Clinton’s. Among the documents released Friday is at least one speech draft with Bill Clinton’s own handwriting on it, denoted by the initials “BC.” No such initials accompany this draft.

Clinton Speech Draft


While the handwriting’s provenance is unclear, Clinton biographer David Maraniss weighed in on Twitter:



Dated Dec. 13, 1994, the draft was released along with thousands of pages of documents posted online Friday by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. In a 489-page PDF file, the draft was placed among memos planning Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union address. Clinton gave a televised address to the nation two days after the document’s date, and it could have been a draft of that Dec. 15, 1994, speech. Both the draft and the delivered address focused on the middle class.

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