I don't remember Clinton saying anything about televisions but he did sign the Telecommunications Act which was supposed to get every school connected to the internet.
Connectivity (especially wireless connectivity) has been a big reason that the whole ipad thing failed.
Money was another. Software isn't free.
Breakage was yet another problem. Trusting little kids with expensive equipment is not always a great idea.
Censorship too. They had to block so many words and phrases that it became almost impossible to search for anything (or so I'm told).
Really they just jumped the gun and started buying ipads without having any idea of how they were going to use them to teach. If they'd just handed them over for a portion of the day and let kids explore whatever they wanted to explore it probably would have worked much better (if they could have fixed all the other problems).