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Thursday, November 3, 2005


I smell another of Bill "I feel your pain" Clinton's fibs. Remember back in 1996 when all the church arson incidents were happening? Clinton said in a speech at that time that he has "vivid and painful" childhood memories of black-church burnings in Arkansas.

Unfortunately the historical record contradicts him. The director of the Arkansas History Commission said, "I've never known of a black church being burned in Arkansas." Other Arkansas historians agreed that there were no black church burnings in the state then or perhaps ever. Clinton's supporters came back to say he meant "black community buildings" but there isn't a record of that either.

Then yesterday at Rosa Parks funeral, we were treated to some more of Slick Willie's "memories."

CLINTON: I remember, as if it were yesterday, that fateful day 50 years ago. I was a 9-year-old southern white boy who rode a segregated bus every single day of my life. I sat in the front. Black folk sat in the back.

When Rosa showed us that black folks didn't have to sit in the back anymore, two of my friends and I, who strongly approved of what she had done, decided we didn't have to sit in the front anymore.


It was just a tiny gesture by three ordinary kids. But that tiny gesture was repeated over and over again millions and millions of times in the hearts and minds of children, their parents, their grandparents, their great grandparents, proving that she did help to set us all free.

Uh, yeah. He also didn't have sex with Monica Lewinksy. I'm afraid I don't buy this story of three politically aware, nine year old Arkansas boys in the 1950's south. Of course Clinton's mostly black audience swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. After all he is America's "first black President."


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