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7 Highlights from John Calipari’s conversation with Bill Clinton

This morning, former President Bill Clinton was the second guest on John Calipari’s “Coffee with Cal” Facebook Live series. No matter your political affiliation, there was something for everyone in the hour-long conversation, which covered topics ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to, of course, basketball. Here are some highlights:

Clinton joked his grandson is going to be “Kentucky’s Zion Williamson”

Chelsea Clinton gave birth to her third child, Jasper, in July 2019. The entire Clinton family is quarantining together in Arkansas, so Calipari asked about his “new recruit,” who apparently already has a scholarship offer.

“Eight months old and I think he’s going to be Kentucky’s Zion Williamson because he’s already the size of the average two-year-old,” President Clinton said. “He’s in his three-year-old brother’s clothes.”

Does this mean Calipari will be here in 2037?

Calipari made Clinton pose with the game ball from UMass’ win over Arkansas in 1994

The two swapped a lot of old memories, including the time Clinton visited Calipari’s office and Cal made him pose with the game ball from UMass’ win over defending national champion Arkansas in 1994.

“Come on, John. Tell the viewers the truth. The first time I went to see you in your office in Kentucky, you have a whole wall filled with basketballs of memorable victories and –”

“I made you hold that ball!” Cal exclaimed.

“UMass’ thumping of Arkansas was prominent on the wall. You took the ball off the wall and made me pose for a picture.”

He believes Calipari would be a good president

Are politics in Calipari’s future? If so, he’s got Clinton’s endorsement. While brainstorming which college coaches would make good presidents and vice versa, Calipari’s name was the first Clinton mentioned.

“Calipari would be a good president,” Clinton said. “I think Obama would be a good basketball coach because like me he’s obsessed with the game and he’s younger than I am and plays better. I think that either of the two Roosevelts would be good basketball coaches. I think that it’s possible that Harry Truman could be another John Wooden.”

“We’ve got to stop demonizing people”

The interview was very light on politics, but Calipari and Clinton did talk about the sharp divide in the nation these days, and why it’s more important than ever for people to put their differences aside for the common good. Clinton recalled how he often spoke to other presidents during their terms, notably George W. Bush.

“We’ve got to stop demonizing people,” Clinton said. “You can have differences, they should be argued, they can determine elections, but it doesn’t make you a bad person if you disagree with somebody else. Right now, the thing that bothers me is everything goes from an issue difference to a personal attack.”

You listening, comments section?

They talked about “The Last Dance” and the Bulls

If you watched “The Last Dance” last night, you saw President Clinton in episode two discussing Arkansas native Scottie Pippen’s career. Cal and Clinton talked about the series briefly, with Clinton telling the story of the 1996 Bulls coming to the White House to celebrate their championship.

Clinton watched the 2012 national title game four times

After Kentucky won the title in 2012, President Clinton visited the team in Lexington. Apparently, he was so fascinated by Anthony Davis and the 2012 team that he watched the national championship game four times.

“I kept trying to figure out how you won the national championship with Anthony Davis scoring two points?” Clinton said. “But he had six blocked shots…I watched those six blocks. Anthony Davis was the first basketball player I ever saw who blocked shots laterally. His arms were so long and he’s so fast he literally could block shots without reaching his hand above his head. It’s the strangest thing I ever saw.”

This quote about Kobe Bryant’s death is timely

Towards the end of the interview, Calipari and Clinton talked about the passing of Kobe Bryant. Clinton recalled being with Kobe five years ago in Los Angeles for the dedication of an apartment building for homeless people and people with mental problems that Kobe funded. He said Kobe asked him which books he should read because he wanted to grow as a leader and citizen.

“I thought that his next act was going to be every bit as great as his basketball career,” Clinton said. “[His death] was devastating. When something like that happens, the only way you can redeem the loss is by living. If you maximize your potential in life, your ability to do good, your ability to be good, it’s fundamentally the only way you can honor an otherwise inexplicable loss.”

Great words to keep in mind during these trying times. You can watch the entire conversation below.

Join John Calipari and his guest, President Bill Clinton, for Coffee With Cal!

Posted by John Calipari FBE on Monday, April 20, 2020


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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25 Comments for 7 Highlights from John Calipari’s conversation with Bill Clinton

  1. BlueFrank
    1:30 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Any questions about Epstein island?

    • A Conservative White Man
      4:21 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      Yep they can have Hillary and Trump on to. Do a trifecta gotcha.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:41 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    “We’ve got to stop demonizing people”.

    Like when he blamed the OKC bombing on talk radio?

  3. Han
    1:52 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    So glad people, including in our fandom here and at RR, continue to talk about how bad Clinton is while the same people praise and defend another lying, adulterous, law-abusing rich boy who pretends to be an everyman in Trump. And let’s not forget that Trump was buddy-buddy with the Clintons until he switched party to find more profit.

    • secrick
      2:12 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      No you mean the Clinton’s where buddy buddy with Trump until he got smart. Trump can’t help because he is smarter than me the Clinton’s and you. Nothing wrong with being rich

    • A Conservative White Man
      4:20 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      Bankrupt isn’t rich and he says things that make Clinton look like a prodigy(sadly). If he’s not still in the red show he can prove it with his taxes.

    • Collie
      12:45 am April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Funny how people can be judgmental, prejudice and discriminating towards our president and then they call HIM racist. I know several people that have gone bankrupt for many different reasons, some lived paycheck to paycheck, some were “rich” in others eyes, but no matter their social statuses, their job, their reasons, the only thing thing they did was take advantage of the same options available to everyone. A chance to start over. He doesn’t have to show his taxes to anyone. It’s not a requirement to run for or be president. Future candidates should refuse to show theirs also. The worst accountant can find loopholes and take advantage of deductions taxpayers never heard of. The best accountants are advising you of your financial tax burdens looking two, three, fours years down the road. As far as issue differences, and personal attacks, there will always be different opinions, some can debate, listen, wait their turn and respond, Some will do neither, they do not listen, they do not wait their turn, they mute others, hang up on them, or “thank them for the call.” The self righteous.

    • A Conservative White Man
      9:33 am April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Filing bankruptcy 4 times is a sign of a bad business man, filing twice and not paying the contractor and labor who built your buildings is a bad person. Were your friends smart enough to live within their means after going through their bankruptcy if so then maybe Trump should let them run his businesses. And why are you calling Trump supporters self righteous?

  4. Racerr11
    2:15 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Those are not highlights. Trump 2020. Now that’s a highlight

  5. _lilman_
    2:22 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink


  6. Wilfred Smith
    2:33 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Cigars. Interns. Suspicious deaths.

    Ask the real questions Cal.

  7. ClutchCargo
    2:44 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Congratulation everybody on completely missing the point of the conversation.

    • SuperTroy18
      3:34 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink


  8. ALogicalBeing
    2:48 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    It’s hilarious when a democrat or republican tells you to respect other people’s opinions when a bunch of both their ideologies revolve around the idea that certain opinions shouldn’t be respected or even allowed.

    • A Conservative White Man
      4:25 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      It is. Far left liberals and Trump supporters sound exactly alike when you aren’t automatically judging them. They complain about the other doing the exact same things, they complain about racism yet both do it in different ways. The only difference is one kills babies with guns and the other abortions.

    • A Conservative White Man
      4:28 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      Oh yeah they also both say they’re brainwashed and the everyone else’s media lies. All media manipulates the truth. How about hush and listen to Trump with an open mind then you find out he is a middle of the pack Presidents. Only fascist who believe what they want must be law thing he’s the best.

    • A Conservative White Man
      4:29 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry for the grammar, big thumbs.

  9. CahillsCrossingNT
    3:49 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Was President Clinton, the number 1 fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, generous enough to teach Calipari how to inbound the basketball?

  10. CrystalBall
    5:34 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Cal should shave. Looks like a bum.

  11. DerBaron
    7:24 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

    Should’ve had Ricky P on too then Cal would’ve had 2 greater experts on infectious disease than Fauci and Brix ?

    • RealCatsFan
      10:13 pm April 20, 2020 Permalink

      Hold on a minute, isn’t the pu$$y-grabbing POTUS the REAL expert on infectious diseases? After all, he was the one who bragged that banging ho’s on college campuses was more hazardous than being in the jungles of Vietnam.

    • Collie
      12:54 am April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Wow you said a lot there realcatsfan. Please link where we can hear your president say those things. I thought he said he “could” grab someone there but they only person I recall being accused of it is Biden. And the college comment I’ve never heard. But if it was said as you paraphrased it I would agree. I couldn’t imagine a bunch of “hoes” as you say in the jungle…

    • A Conservative White Man
      9:39 am April 21, 2020 Permalink

      Actually prostitution was quite prevalent in Vietnam. Penicillin was mandatory after coming back from leave. And if you don’t know of the 20+ accusation against Trump including a full on assault that lead to Trump being sued for his DNA to prove it then that means you either ignore or don’t listen when something negative about him, which would explain everything about why people still support him if true.

  12. CombatMedic_98
    10:57 am April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Bill Clinton is the Worst President in the HX of America…

  13. ColbyKiller
    10:03 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not crazy about arguing online about anything, especially point of view, however saying one party kills babies with guns while the other kills them with abortions is an absurd context to compare. The “choice” of people willingly killing their own children is a far cry from people being shot by a crazed lunatic.