One of the more memorable media moments of 2012 was when Laura Ling sat down with former President Bill Clinton to discuss his experiences with high school bullying. It was for a special August 13 celebrity-tinged episode of Ling’s series E! Investigates, for which she also chatted with Lance Bass, Mike Tyson and Jillian Michaels.
There was Ling, three summers after being retrieved from North Korea by the 42nd Commander-in-Chief, discussing how he was ridiculed for being overweight and not wearing cool clothes to the dance. How did it all come about, we wondered?
“I had read about President Clinton being picked on as a young man, even “slugged” by a bully, and I knew that he would be able to offer some invaluable insight and perspective,” Ling tells FishbowlLA. “To think that this poor, self-described “band geek,” who was bullied growing up, could emerge to be one of the most powerful figures in the word – now that’s an inspiring story for young people.”