Tags: bill clinton | scaife | memorial | service

Bill Clinton Speaks at Scaife Memorial, Talks of 'Friendship'

Saturday, 02 Aug 2014 09:08 PM

By Todd Beamon

Image: Bill Clinton Speaks at Scaife Memorial, Talks of 'Friendship'
Former President Clinton with Christopher Ruddy, Newsmax CEO (left), and Yale Gutnick, chairman of the Tribune-Review, on Saturday shortly before Clinton's remarks in Ligonier, Pa.
Former President Bill Clinton memorialized Richard Mellon Scaife on Saturday as a man with whom he developed a "counterintuitive friendship" that proved to be an invaluable experience.

"Our differences are important," Clinton said at a memorial service for Scaife in Ligonier, Pa., the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Urgent: Should Hillary Run in 2016? Vote Now

Scaife died on July 4, a day after his 82nd birthday.

Considered the father of modern conservatism, Scaife owned Trib Total Media, parent company of the Tribune-Review, six other daily newspapers, and 23 weeklies. He was an early investor and held a minority stake in Newsmax Media, Inc.

Clinton was introduced by Yale Gutnick, the chairman of the Tribune-Review and longtime friend of Scaife. Gutnick said that shortly before Scaife passed he said that of all the people he wanted to speak at his memorial, he hoped Bill Clinton would accept to do so.
Gutnick said Scaife and Clinton became friends because they "shared a mutual love of America."

"Our political differences, our philosophical differences, our religious differences, our racial and ethnic differences, they're important," Clinton told about 150 people at the service. "They help us to define who we are. But they don't have to keep us at arm's length from others."

Scaife's conservatism placed him at odds with Clinton during his eight years in the White House, but that changed in 2007 when former New York Mayor Ed Koch convinced Clinton that he had much in common with Scaife.

Clinton also thanked Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, for having introduced the pair through Koch. Ruddy was present at the memorial service.

Scaife, Ruddy, and Clinton met on July 31, 2007, in the Clinton Foundation's offices in Harlem, after the former president extended an invitation. Scaife later donated more than $100,000 to the foundation.

Clinton said he was amazed that Scaife had decided not only to see him, but took a strong interest in the Clinton Foundation and its work.

Scaife also endorsed Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign in his Pittsburgh newspaper.

"I think the counterintuitive friendship we formed is a good symbol of Richard Mellon Scaife's legacy," Bill Clinton said. "He fought as hard as he could for what he believed, but he never thought he had to be blind or deaf" to reconsidering his positions.

"This was a magnificent gesture for President Clinton to make," Ruddy told Newsmax after the event. "Dick Scaife thought the world of President Clinton and his foundation’s work. This unusual friendship proves that people can hold strong political differences but still work for the common good."

Scaife's memorial service was held at his boyhood home, Penguin Court, in southwestern Pennsylvania.

"If someone had asked me the day I left the White House what's the single most unlikely thing I would ever do, this would rank high on the list," Clinton said.

Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance?

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mike Huckabee Defends Immigration Stance, Would Rescind Executive Action

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 13:22 PM

Mike Huckabee said he stands by his view when he was governor of Arkansas that the children of illegal immigrants should . . .

Kasich on Obama: 'Can't Build Little Guy Up By Tearing Big Guy Down'

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 13:12 PM

Saying that raising capital gains taxes is a recipe for economic slowdown, Ohio Gov. John Kasich blasted President Barac . . .

East Coast on Alert for Blizzards as Storm System Approaches

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 12:53 PM

A winter storm expected to dump hefty amounts of snow bore down on a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast on Sunday, prompt . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved