Clinton's Legacy Comes Into Focus
Below Top Secret is wondering,
"I couldn't help but notice. The cubist style symbolism
seems to ask: Was this the erection of a building or the building of an erection?"
Ann Althouse's first thought, "What a glamerous looking prison."
Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News,
But behind the facade of generous tributes was the sad spectacle of the once-most powerful man on Earth trying desperately to find his footing on history's rain-slicked ladder. It's a tricky climb, and time is no longer his friend - and not just because of his fragile health.
The world before 9/11 seems like a million years ago. Most of the political lessons he taught us then about the "third way" mean little now. In all the important ways, the
future became unhinged from the past. And so the Man from Hope is now the Man
That's not to say Bill Clinton isn't relevant. He is to the 30,000 devotees who trekked to Arkansas and to the millions who look back with fondness on the first baby boomer President.
And each time his party loses a presidential election, he looks more like a giant. It is shocking to remember that no Democrat since FDR has been elected twice -except Clinton.
You know what today was? The official opening of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Bush was there. Huge event. Poured. Nothing but rain. Which is kind of ironic because a lot of dresses got ruined.
President Bush was there. In fact, when they told President Bush it was going to be a gala event. He said, "None of them are going to be getting married, right?”
In fact there were 4 presidents there, standing side by side. Presidents Carter, Bush One, Clinton and of course George W. Bush all standing together. It kind of looked like the 99 cent store version of Mt. Rushmore!
It was all very dignified. You know there was one kind of tacky moment when Clinton started handing out cigars. I didn’t think that was proper form.
One other thing I thought was premature. When Hillary announced groundbreaking for her own presidential library.
Hillary Clinton said Bill Clinton’s Library "tells the story of his life.” In fact, that’s why it’s a two story building.
and my favorite,
Al Gore was sitting there. I don’t want to say that al has gotten big, but Clinton saw him from behind and said, "Monica?”