Today’s Boston Globe has a story about Harvard Professor Roger Porter’s allegation that Clinton made up a story about him in his book My Life:
Porter is aghast at Clinton’s allegation. “It’s not true,” said Porter, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “There was no such phone call.”
Porter said that he had only one conversation about the presidency with Clinton. It occurred in 1989, when Clinton was Arkansas governor and the two men discussed education policy. Porter said he told Clinton that he was more moderate than other Democrats and should consider changing his political affiliation to Republican.
Porter said he cannot fathom why Clinton tells the tale. The two talked briefly at the unveiling at Clinton’s portrait at the White House last week, but the subject didn’t come up because the book had not yet been made public. Clinton and his staff could not be reached for comment. Porter, the author of “Presidential Decision Making,” said in the telephone interview yesterday that he is dumbfounded by Clinton’s allegation. “I don’t know why he would make this story up,” Porter said.
Why should one be suprised? We’re talking about Bill Clinton here.