Thursday, November 25, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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Monday, November 22, 2004
Bill Clinton Peter Jennings interview video
After Mr. Kerry lost the election, I was a paid staff assistant at his campaign headquarters, I called Mr. Clinton to ask for a letter of recommendation and he was so kind as to offer me a job as a member of the PR team at the Clinton Center. I love my job here in Little Rock. It's pretty close to the place where I was born, North Florida. My job is to prepare president Clinton's Asian book tour, but I have to react to this rumor.
I found a video clip of the interview between Mr. Clinton and Peter Jennings. It's on a right-wing website, so please ignore the written remarks. The clip is about three minutes long. Judge for yourself. Click here to see part of the interview. I hope this sets the records straight.
I've noticed one thing working for the Kerry campaign. If you are attacked, and I think this is a very dirty attack on a great man, you have to respond with the truth immediately. Don't let it go or it will grow and come back to haunt you.
As you see: Nobody gets angry, nobody gets threatened, nobody gets assaulted.
President Clinton really is a good man, the nicest man you will ever meet and I have had the honor and pleasure of working for him since the first book tour months ago.
junior Assistant PR manager
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Running nose fever
I’ve spent most of my day calling my friends, who attended the opening of my library. I thanked them and told them how special they are. They are, but I could see something of disappointment in their eyes, when I didn’t single out one of them to come and stay at my house in Little Rock.
This is normal. If I'm in Los Angeles or San Francisco I stay at my friends' house. If they come to New York, they stay at my place.
Having a lot of good friends is a blessing, but when you put them in one location there is always the jealousy, the struggle to find out whom I like best. At the dinner, when all my good friends were looking at me so hopefully and expectantly, I thanked all of them and told them I still hadn’t healed, I was going home to take a warm bath and go to bed. I disappointed many good friends, who expected special treatment. So today I called them to tell all of them I care.
About yesterday. Although my brain felt cloudy, it has never been more clear to me what is going on. The Republicans are dismantling all the policies I enacted. They are rolling back everything I stood for. It has never been clearer to me that conservatives and George Bush are trying to make my presidency a presidency without consequence. More, they are trying to write me out of the history books. They are trying to relegate my 8 years in office to the footnotes of American history.
For instance, I left a balanced budget. That was part of my legacy. George Bush has major budget deficits. The result is that part of my legacy is gone.
We were an open, respected country in the world, who made the UN work. What’s left of that part of my legacy? We were moving in a direction where respect and tolerance for other people’s lifestyles was the norm. Now we have a Republican president bent on dividing people according to his conservative religious morals. Just look at the ban on gay marriage proposals. What’s left of that part of my legacy? Nothing.
The Republicans are consciously and systematically destroying my legacy.
It has become clear to me that George Orwell was right. He, who has power in the present writes the history. And he, who controls history, owns the future.
We need to wrestle the power out of the Republicans’ hands. If we want to achieve the future we want, our party needs to become the majority party again. It’s as simple as that. We need to start winning elections again. We need to learn to play the game that politics is again. We need to learn to win elections again.
That is my mission for the coming years. Rescue our future from the Republicans and defend my legacy. We need to rebuild the Democratic Party and start fighting back.
Saturday, November 20, 2004
I feel terrible. My nose is partly blocked, there is a fog in my head, my sinuses hurt, inside my mouth, the top hurts, it hurts to breath and I feel warm and cold at the same time at different parts of my body. I’m coming down with a fever. Oh God, I can’t use this right now. I haven’t healed from my heart by-pass operation and the complications following that. And now a cold or a fever.
Medicating this is a problem too, because what’s good against a fever is bad for the by-pass condition. God, why always me, why always me?
For the past two days, all I read is stories about my mistake in office, Ken Starr, me threatening Peter Jennings during the ABC news interview. What a baloney. Eight years in office, the best economy in the history of our nation, peace, prosperity and the newspapers and TV boils my legacy down to his museum looks like a trailer home, he lied about his mistake.
I know, I know, I made a mistake. One mistake. And all they can say is Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. I paid for that. I’m still paying for that. I hurt my family and I paid for that. I never hurt the country. I did a good job in office, but the media doesn’t want to give me even that satisfaction. They just want to tarnish my legacy by bringing up the same old same old over and over again.
Anybody who thinks the media are liberal and they will give Democrats the benefit of the doubt is wrong. The media are bloodhounds. If you’re so unfortunate as to let them smell some blood, like I did with my mistake, they will hunt you, they will tear you apart. Democrat or Republican. Even if some of them think, well this story is not worth the damage we are doing to this person, the pack mentality will take over and kill is the only commandment ruling their behavior. That was what I tried to tell Peter Jennings.
After all the media did to break my spirit then, now they are out in full force to tarnish my legacy by constantly highlighting my mistake and ignoring all the good things I did.
You know, when I was sitting there during the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center listening to the former presidents and the bands, I felt proud, but at times, I had this feeling of falling, like I was falling from the sky. Without a parachute. I wasn’t scared and I didn’t scream in my thought. I just felt like I was falling.
I’ve had that feeling for the past two days and nights. I’m freefalling. The thing is now, it must be the fever, now I see Barbara Bush’s face and I hear her voice saying something like: You will disappear into presidential history for your mediocrity, like what you did to my husband.
It’s a strange sentence, but that’s how it pops up in my mind. And she’s right. Is it just coincidence that the present president Bush has deconstructed everything I built, every single achievement is gone? Everything my presidency stood for has been undone in the past four years. And we got 4 more years ahead of us.
George W. has always been nice to me. So wonderful. Gracious. Behaving like a present president should towards a former president. He’s been so considerate to me, Hillary and Chelsea. In the mean time he’s been cutting and slicing my legacy till nothing is left of it. Oh you’re smart George, you’re so smart. But I’m not dead yet. I will protect my legacy. I will be the one writing the definitive version of my legacy, my 8 years in office. Me, not you, not the media, not Rush Limbaugh, not Ken Starr. Me.
What can I say? I’m disappointed. In myself, the media, everybody. And there’s nothing I can do about anything. My heart can’t carry me no more. It rains on the day of the dedication of my library. I got a fever coming on, which will make it impossible for me to give people my side of the story in this critical period of my political life.
Ah what’s the use. Everything is against me right now. Here I am in my bed. All I want to do is pull the blanket over my head and disappear into oblivion.
Friday, November 19, 2004
Day after opening Clinton Library
It was good to see the presidents and first ladies. It was good to see my old friends from Hollywood. I hope my former colleagues from my days in Washington had a good time. And I hope all the people from Little Rock and Arkansas had a good time. This library is not just a testament to me, but also to our beautiful state.
Normally it rains on a day a president dies, so I hope the rains were not a sign as the old Gospel song says for the sweet chariot to swing low and take me home. I kinda wanna hang around for a few more years. hahaha.
The opening of the center truly is the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I hope to be able to follow in the footsteps of my good friend president Jimmy Carter and use the center to build bridges of understanding between people of different regions, races, religions and sexual orientations.
What we need is more understanding, more unity, not more condemnation and divisiveness.
Here is to a bright future for all of us. And make sure you visit the library. It's open to the public. Take care and have a good day.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Opening William J. Clinton Presidential Center
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Clinton Library opens tomorrow
Hillary Clinton will be on Larry King Live tonight, 9 pm ET.
Tomorrow will see the grand opening of the Clinton Presidential Library here in Little Rock. I'm very excited. I don't like calling it the Clinton Library or the Clinton Museum. It has the sound of history and looking back to it. I prefer the Clinton Center. This sounds like action and looking to the future.
The Clinton Presidential Center doesn't just review my 8 years in office. The foundation is also involved in trying to bring peace to different parts of the world. It is also involved in battling the scourge of AIDS ravaging the third world. We are working on many projects, which will secure a brighter and more peaceful world in the future. So the Clinton Center is not all about the past.
If you'd like to read more about the Center, under the picture to the right is a link.
I was looking around the Center today. I'm very, very proud of it. If you ever visit Arkansas, make sure you come by. I promise you and your family will have a great time.
You know, every time I walk to the front door, it takes my breath away. The Bill Clinton museum. Amazing. Amazing. A small town kid from Hope, Arkansas now has his own presidential museum. Amazing. Amazing.
I've been blessed. I've been thinking about a way to repay my debt to all the people, who made this possible. It hit me that the most valuable thing I have to offer is my experience. Now that money concerns and debts have been taken care of, I'm seriously thinking about sharing my experience, my know-how of politics with the next generation of Democrats. How it will take shape I don't know, but I'm thinking about teaching. But we'll see.
Tomorrow is a great day. For me and my family. Many people, millions of people all over America made tomorrow possible. This kid from Hope would like to thank all of you. I hope the museum will inspire you or your children or grandchildren to go out there and make your dreams come true. It is possible. You see, it is possible.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Health issues Politics
The Clinton Library will be opened by president Bush on Thursday.
Hi, everybody. I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your well wishes after my heart operation. Thank you for the letters, flowers and e-mails. I appreciated them very much.
You know, when they tell you they are going to open up your chest to reroute some major arteries, it just takes the life out of you. What can you do? You’re lying on your bed, staring at the ceiling, sometimes ready to die, sometimes crying, sometimes hyperventilating.
I’m human too, you know? Sometimes I too need that arm around my shoulder. Your letters, flowers and e-mails were that arm for me. Thank you very much for caring.
I have always tried to be honest about my health. I feel good. Reasonably good. I’m not as strong as I used to be. I don’t have the energy I used to have, but I’m feeling better and better each day.
My assistant Bobbi Lamoon had promised to keep you updated about my health. I was the one, who asked her to stop posting. I had a major setback a few weeks ago. I had been outside in the rain. I had a common cold and I had to sneeze. This is very dangerous when your stitches haven’t healed yet. You know how your body jerks when you sneeze. One of the rerouted arteries could have snapped during a sneeze. It could’ve caused internal bleeding.
So for quite a while there was a major crisis. There was an ambulance on standby. The doctors did what they could, but the cold needed its time to go away. For quite a while I was pretty close to death, because of this and I needed round the clock attention.
If the media had known about the seriousness of my bad health, it would’ve sucked all the air out of John Kerry’s campaign. He needed all the media attention he could get. Voters didn’t really know him right then. That was the reason I kept my health a secret for a while, till I felt healthy enough to campaign for John Kerry.
But as I said I feel good right now.
We, Democrats lost the election. The elections. It breaks my heart to see all the progress we made disappear year after year. Election after election. How did our nation go from a road leading towards tolerance, respect and inclusiveness to a road leading towards divisiveness, disrespect and fear for “the other”?
My old friend James Carville is right. A party has only one purpose: win elections, put Democrats into office all over the country. Some Democrats were saying, well at least we got our message out. That’s not what a party is for. That’s what pressure groups like Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood and even churches are for.
We lost all these elections all over the country, because we forgot all about politics. Many, many times I had to really restrain myself from picking up the phone and telling Democrats, this is the way we can win. They wouldn’t have listened. The whole party was in some sort of delusional haze, which had nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of politics.
I don't want to criticize anybody, but we need to look at the future right now. The Democratic party lost, because we lost our way. The result? The Republicans have 4 more years to turn back the progress we made during the past 40 years. We cannot afford to lose again.
This is the reason I’ve decided to come back to this daily diary. The publisher started this weblog as a way to keep the people informed about my book tour. This election I got to see how extremely important the internet can be. Just think about the Dean campaign, MoveOn.org and the SwiftVets. A modern election can not be won without a massive internet presence.
After the sorrow, the tears, we must now begin preparations to win the congressional elections in ’06 and the presidential election in ’08. I want to help my party to win. This is the reason I’ve decided to use this medium to reach out, inform, educate, talk to, exchange views with the grassroots of our party. The internet is the right medium for me.
I want to be part of the rebuilding of our party into the majority party it once was. I have 35 years of experience. I will offer my advice. Whether Democrats decide to use it or not, is up to them.
From now on I’ll be posting regularly. My party is important to me.