President Bill Clinton is teaming up with legendary director Martin Scorsese for a new HBO documentary on the former politician’s life in public service.
Can’t blame Clinton for wanting to work with Scorsese – at first blush. The director remains one of the industry’s finest talents, a man whose work (“Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) can stand tall next to any of his peers.
Yet Clinton famously blamed conservative talk radio for the horrific Oklahoma City bombing back in 1995. Here’s Howard Kurtz recalling the money quote from Clinton:
“President Clinton yesterday denounced the ‘loud and angry voices’ that inflame the public debate and called on the American people to speak out against ‘the purveyors of hatred and division.’
Now, Clinton will collaborate with a filmmaker whose work is unspeakably violent and once inspired a mentally pliable man to attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
In Hollywood, Hinckley saw Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver at least 15 times. A confirmed loner, he apparently identified strongly with the Robert De Niro character Travis Bickle. In the film, Travis is infatuated with Cybill Shepherd’s Betsy, a political campaign worker who rejects him after he takes her to see a porn film. To regain Betsy’s attention, Bickle plans, but fails, to assassinate the candidate she works for.