Old dog, new tricks?


Hat tip to ‘The Angry Arab News Service‘ for finding this little gem about Bill Clinton in a NYT article about Hillary Clinton. After reading it I wondered aloud where were all those people who claimed during Bill Clinton’s presidency what a great supporter he was for the cause of African-Americans.

As for Mr. Clinton, he boiled with resentment that a candidate with as little experience as Mr. Obama was given what he considered a free pass by the news media. Yet his tone struck some as dismissive. When Mr. Clinton referred publicly to Mr. Obama as a “kid,” Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina, recalled in an interview that a fellow black congressman said, “I don’t know why he didn’t just call him ‘boy’ and get it over with.”

In private, Mr. Clinton was making matters worse. On the night of the South Carolina primary, Mr. Clinton called and Mr. Clyburn said he told him to tone down his rhetoric against Mr. Obama. Mr. Clinton responded by calling him a rude name that Mr. Clyburn would not repeat in an interview. Mr. Clinton called back a few days later for what Mr. Clyburn called “a much more pleasant conversation,” but the damage was done. “Clinton was using code words that most of us in the South can recognize when we hear that kind of stuff,” Mr. Clyburn said.

It makes me wonder whether the real Bill Clinton is the one we find in this article without the trappings of the presidency spouting epithets that make even his supporters blush. You know when someone has exceeded the bounds of acceptable racism when his colleagues of the same race blush at his indecencies.

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