24 years ago this month, while defending her support of husband and eventual President of the United State Bill Clinton on “60 Minutes,” Hillary Clinton totally insulted the first lady of country music, Tammy Wynette by taking a song lyric and attempting to make it her own, “I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.”
The line was issused in response to a question about the allegations that Bill had engaged in a 12-year extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers.
The comment caused more than a scene in the presidential race and country music world– Wynette even drafted a letter to Hillary.
“With all that is in I resent your caustic remark. I, with no apologies, am as angry as I can be with your statement.”
Wynette went on to say Hillary had offended millions of people, not just her, and invited her to sit down for a face-to-face meeting, “Mrs. Clinton, you have offended every woman and man who love that song…I will not stand by and all you or any other person to embarrass, humiliate and degrade me on national television and print without hearing from me.”
Hillary, issued a quick apology after the event, “I didn’t mean to hurt Tammy Wynette as a person. I happen to be a country-western fan. If she feels like I’ve hurt her feelings, I’m sorry about that.”
“Stand By Your Man” was originally released in 1968 and is one of the most covered songs in country music. Wynette’s recording was added to the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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