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Bill Clinton gives an explanation to his remarks against Barack Obama:

“First of all, the facts I said were absolutely accurate, but I do think I was a little too hot. I had gone through a year of watching [Hillary] being attacked by the other side. She was called untruthful, manipulative, all those things they said. And she’s my wife and I love her. I also think she’s a great public servant and I didn’t think it was fair. I think the people that told me to chill out were giving me great advice.”

Bill also gives his reasons for getting a little nap in last week during MLK III speech:

“I had had three hours sleep two hours in a row, and it was hot and I had to sit there for four hours. The truth is, even when I was younger, I would’ve had a hard time going two nights on three hours of sleep both nights, and sitting in a hot church for four hours. I woke up when Shirley Franklin popped me and I thought I gave a good talk there.”

Click here if you happened to miss the Bill Clinton falling asleep footage last week.

Comments

  • Lauren

    sell out!

  • http://yahoo.com Southern Belle 225

    MMMMM HMMMMM……..

  • J

    What’s the big deal about him falling asleep? The man is old and he’s been making the rounds campaigning for his wife. I bet if I was on that stage, I would have fallen asleep too.

  • tatics

    dont be fooled… bill fell alseep on purpose it’s all a gimmick to draw all the negative press away from hillary and on to him…

    the clintons are hounds…

  • Stringer Bell

    I don’t know Bill…

    Looks like your going through a fall from grace..

    Just like a black man to have it all then loose it..

    I’m joking!! I just heard the the haters engines gearing up. But seriously….Bill needs to fall back!!

  • Li'l Fizzy Razques Boogmarion

    Cue Ms Jazz and her advertising just as soon as she gets the dick out her mouth…

  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    While I’ve had enough of his racial (not racist) comments I definately didn’t judge him for falling asleep at church. I done it myself and I have seen Deacons and Pastors do it as well sitting in the pulpit. It happens to the best of us.

    Now tell me why he brought up Jessie Jackson’s name? That’s what I want to know.

  • Angel_Minded

    In my book, Bill can do no wrong (smile)!

    I do agree w/ him tho, Obama’s wife Michelle kicked off the hateration on Hilary…and then all Hilary’s comment where twisted…they are seriously hating on this woman for no reason! But the thing that really pisses me off, is that the media is not even showing how Obama attacks her! It’s as if the media is soo biased against Hilary, b/c ‘they’ don’t want her to win!

    Sometimes I think it’s all a conspiracy to set Obama up to fail. I mean it would make sense. The media is displaying Obama as this great, charismatic, articulate, leader of change type of guy (not that I’m completely disagreeing w/ this observation) and then they’re trying to display Hilary as a racist by twisting her comments and actions…w/ headlines asking if she could cry her way back to the White House? WTF? I can’t believe that nobody is surprised about all the positive coverage of Obama and all the negative ones of Hilary? It just stands to reason that the media…along w/ other powerful people…are trying to get the masses to vote Obama for the pres primaries b/c they’ll know that a black man running will ensure that the Republicans will gain control of the white house…b/c they all know that if Hilary wins the democratic nomination…republicans won’t stand a chance in hell! Just my 2 cents!

  • Coop

    kkoes

    PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE

    Working on Behalf of African Americans

    Economy

    Nearly 18 Million New Jobs. More than 90 percent of the new jobs have been created in the private sector, the highest percentage in 50 years.

    Record-Low African American Unemployment. The unemployment rate for African Americans has fallen from 14.2 percent in 1992 to 8.9 percent in 1998 — the lowest annual level on record (data first collected in 1972)

    Median Income of African American Households Is Up $3,354. The median income of African American households rose 4.3 percent (or $1,029) in 1997. And since 1993, the median income of African American households has increased from $21,696 to $25,050 — $3,354 or a 15-percent increase, adjusted for inflation, between 1993 and 1997.

    Real Wages Are Rising for African Americans. The real wages of African Americans have risen rapidly in the past two years, up about 5.8 percent for African American men and 6.2 percent for African American women since 1996.

    Tax Cuts For Low-Income Working Families. President Clinton’s 1993 Economic Plan provided tax cuts to 15 million hard-pressed working families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The average family with two kids who received the EITC received a tax cut of $1,026. In 1997, the EITC lifted 1.1 million African Americans out of poverty.

    Largest Four-Year Drop in African American Poverty in More than Twenty-Five Years. Since 1993, the African American poverty rate has dropped from 33.1 percent to 26.5 percent — the largest four-year drop in African American poverty in more than a quarter century (1967-1971) and 26.5 percent is the lowest level on record (data collected since 1959). While this decrease marks significant progress, President Clinton will continue to fight for policies that help to raise incomes andreduce poverty.

    Child Poverty Among African Americans Down To Lowest Level on Record. In 1997, the African American child poverty rate fell from 39.9 percent in 1996 to 37.2 percent — its lowest level on record (data collected since 1959). Since 1993, the child poverty rate among African-Americans has dropped from 46.1 percent to 37.2 percent — the biggest four-year drop on record.

    Minimum Wage Increased. The President raised the minimum wage to $5.15 an hour — directly benefitting 1.3 million African American workers.

    Fighting for Paycheck Equity. The President has called on Congress to pass legislation to strengthen laws prohibiting wage discrimination. In 1997, the median earnings of African American women represented 65 percent of the median earnings for all men.

    Two and a Half Times More Small Business Loans to African American Entrepreneurs. Between 1993 and 1997 the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved more than 9,000 loans to African American entrepreneurs under the 7(a) and 504 loan programs. In 1997 alone, the Small Business Administration granted 1,900 loans, worth $286 million, to African American small business owners, two and a half times the number of loans granted in 1992.

    Supporting Minority Business Communities and Increasing Access to Capital. Building on the efforts of the SBA, Vice President Gore unveiled aggressive plans to increase lending and business services to the African American and Hispanic business communities nationwide. The SBA has set a goal of providing an estimated total of $1.86 billion in loans to African American small businesses over a three-year period. In addition, the Vice President announced an unprecedented agreement between SBA and the “Big Three” U.S. automakers to increase subcontracting awards to minority businesses by nearly $3 billion over the next three years — a 50 percent increase over current levels.

    Ensuring Minority Business Owners Have a Fair Opportunity to Compete. The President signed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century into law on June 9, 1998. The Act protects the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, a program that ensures that minority and women owned businesses have an opportunity to compete for transportation projects. The Administration helped defeat an amendment to the House version of this bill that would have eliminated the DBE Program. In a different measure, the President also approved the creation of a new program to target assistance to minority-owned businesses in industries that continue to reflect the effects of discrimination. As a result, thousands of minority-owned businesses will be able to compete more effectively for government contracts.

    Working on Behalf of Minority Farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to strengthen programs and increase outreach targeted to underserved communities, including increasing its lending to minority and women producers. Between 1993 and 1998, direct lending to these groups has nearly doubled — from $46.5 million in FY93 to $91 million in FY98. The Administration is committed to righting any past wrongs by federal employees and worked with the Congress in 1998 to craft language contained in the Agriculture Appropriations bill that waives thetwo-year statute of limitations on discrimination complaints against USDA’s farm and housing loan programs. This waiver allows compensation to be provided to many minority farmers who were victims of discrimination by USDA from the early 1980’s through the 1990’s. On Jan. 5,1999, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced an historic agreement to settle the discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture brought by African American farmers. As President Clinton said regarding the settlement, “Today’s action is an important step in Secretary Glickman’s ongoing efforts to rid the Agriculture Department of discriminatory behavior and redress any harm that has been caused by past discrimination against African-American family farmers.”

    Expanding Investment in Urban and Rural Areas. Spurring economic development in distressed communities, the Clinton Administration has created 31 Empowerment Zones and more than 100 Enterprise Communities that are creating new jobs, new opportunities and stronger communities. The FY99 budget included $60 million in flexible discretionary funding for the next round of Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities.

    Helping People Get to Work. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century authorizes $750 million over five years, and the FY99 budget included $75 million, for the President’s Access to Jobs initiative and reverse commute grants to help communities design innovative transportation solutions so that families who need to work can get to work.

    Providing Incentives to Save. The President signed into law a five-year, $125 million demonstration program for Individual Development Accounts, providing incentives for low income families to save for a first home, higher education, or to start a new business, effectively completing his 1992 community empowerment agenda.

    Assisting Families with Housing Vouchers. Congress approved the President’s full request for 50,000 new vouchers exclusively for people who need housing assistance to make the transition from welfare to work.

    Homeownership Is Up. There are more than seven million new homeowners since the President took office. African American homeownership has increased 20 percent with 974,000 new African American homeowners since the first quarter of 1994.

    Helping More Families Become Homeowners with the “Play-by-the-Rules” Homeownership Initiative. The FY99 budget included $25 million for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation to start this new initiative that will make homeownership more accessible to families who have a good rental history but have difficulty purchasing a home; 10,000 lower-income and minority families who are currently renting will benefit from this initiative.

    Expanding Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by 40 Percent. In 1993, President Clinton fulfilled hispromise to permanently extend the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, spurring the private development of low-income housing and helping to build 75,000-90,000 housing units each year. President Clinton has proposed to expand the credit by 40 percent. Over the next five years, this expansion would mean an additional 150,000 to 180,000 quality affordable rental units.

    Building One America. The President has led the nation in an effort to become One America in the 21st Century: a place where we respect others’ differences and, at the same time, embrace the common values that unite us. Dr. John Hope Franklin, Advisory Board Chair, and Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook served on the Advisory Board to the President’s Initiative on Race, which the President charged with overseeing this effort. The President, the Administration and the Advisory Board were actively involved in public outreach efforts — including holding numerous public meetings and town halls — to engage Americans across the nation in this historic effort. One of the critical elements of the President’s Initiative on Race was identifying, highlighting and sharing with the nation promising practices — local and national efforts to promote racial reconciliation. The Advisory Board presented their final report to the President on September 18, 1998, and recommended that conversations on race continue.

    Creating an Administration that Looks Like One America. The President appointed the most diverse Cabinet and Administration in history. The Clinton Cabinet includes three African Americans: Rodney Slater, Secretary of the Department of Transportation; Togo West, Jr., Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Alexis Herman, Secretary of Labor. Additionally, African Americans serve in the Administration as Surgeon General, Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice, Director of the National Park Service, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Department of Education General Counsel and as the Department of Education’s Chief of Staff. Thirteen percent of Clinton Administration appointees are African American, which is twice as many African Americans as any previous administration. White House appointees include: Bob Nash, Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel; Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Assistant to the President and Director of Cabinet Affairs; Minyon Moore, Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs; Cheryl Mills, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel and Ben Johnson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Public Liaison; Alphonso (Al) Maldon, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Tracey Thornton, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

    Increasing the Number of Judicial Appointments. President Clinton has named 14 African Americans as U.S. Attorneys and 12 African Americans as U.S. Marshals. The President has nominated 57 African Americans to the Federal bench, 16 percent of his total Federal bench nominations.

    Ordered an Assessment of Affirmative Action Programs. The President ordered a comprehensive review of the government’s affirmative action programs which concluded that affirmative action is still an effective and important tool to expand educational and economic opportunity to all Americans. This review of federal affirmative action programs has helped to ensure that these programs are fair and effective and that they can survive legal challenges. As a result, programs that benefit African Americans, including students, working men and women, and business owners, remain in effect andare more likely to be upheld by the courts.

    Reducing Backlog and Expanding Alternative Dispute Resolution at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The FY99 budget included $279 million — a $37 million increase over the previous year — to significantly expand EEOC’s alternative dispute resolution program and reduce the backlog of private sector discrimination complaints. The final budget fully funds the President’s request — providing the first real increase for EEOC in several years.

    Creating a National Memorial to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In July of 1998, President Clinton signed a new measure authorizing the creation of a national monument to Dr. King on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    Opposed California Prop. 209 and Similar Measures. The Clinton Administration strongly opposes state and local initiatives to eliminate affirmative action programs that expand opportunities for African Americans and others. The Administration opposed Proposition 209 in California and filed amicus briefs opposing Prop. 209, which currently prohibits state affirmative action programs. The Clinton Administration opposed a similar initiative in Houston, which was defeated and opposed an initiative in Washington that is similar to Prop. 209. In all these cases, representatives of the administration have spoken out strongly against these initiatives as unfair and a barrier to equality.

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    Great post that I thought should be repeated.

  • Angel_Minded

    @ Coop –

    Again I ask, where was this outrage when the Clinton’s where in office? It amazes me that everybody in their mama are googling all this negative ish…but back in the early 90’s I didn’t see not one black person advocating for Bill’s resignation…or did I see anyone talking about how horrible of a job he did while in office…

  • Coop

    ____________________

    @Angel_Minded

    I never said one bad thing about the Clinton’s.

  • Fulani

    KILLING SOFTLY … SO THEY THINK

    (PART ONE)

    By Dr. Carlos E. Russell

    Barack Obama is the first African American who has ever had a realistic shot at becoming President of this country. While others have made the race, they ran to espouse and expose pertinent issues but, in truth, their chances to claim possession of the “Whitehouse” were not worth a tinker’s dam. This is not to minimize the importance of the races these men and women ran. Neither is it being said to infer any negativity on the merits of their candidacies or to impugn their motives. Their involvement was crucial and, in many ways, set the stage for Senator Obama’s bid. It is said solely to place the magnitude of Mr. Obama’s quest and the challenges he faces in its proper perspective. Obama’s realistic opportunity has served to uncover many of the not so hidden realities in the Black community and unleash the not too hidden forces that fear his possible victory.

    Here is what I mean. Obama’s ability to remain a credible candidate has compelled those Blacks who have been historically loyal to those who fed them at the through to now make a choice. Some have chosen to publicly express their loyalty to those who once fed them and to work against Mr. Obama. Let me be clear! That is their right! Others, who style themselves as “super-duper” blacks but who realistically command little within our heterogeneous community, in order to maintain their “revolutionary” status now suggest that he is “not Black enough.” What precisely does that mean? There are still others who, seeking an excuse to stay in lockstep with their “white friends.” regurgitate the “Clintonian” mantra “he does not have the experience.”

    Sadly, in my view, those who have chosen to take any of the above positions do not have a clue as to the reality of America today and how close they are to be totally irrelevant in the schemata and continuing saga of white America. Worst, and again my view, those who do so, I would argue, suffer from an organic dislike of selves and are intrinsically interwoven with the vision and peculiar interest of their former overt slave masters.

    Some Black women, I have been made to understand, have been expressing a political identification with their gender rather than with their race forgetting, or perhaps, have never seen the faded pictures of those smiling white women standing around a lynching tree and now believe that the playing field is level find no contradiction in identifying themselves with their gender and not their race. Jenna has not yet penetrated their psyches.

    The Jewish people rightfully say “Never Again” Somehow we seem to have forgotten our past and are willing to forgive and forget. One can forgive but one should never forget.

    I am not suggesting or inferring that Obama should be supported simply because he is Black that would be simplistic and suicidal. For starters remember Clarence Thomas! What I am suggesting is that the arguments presented by some Blacks for not supporting his candidacy are politically motivated designed to hide their self deprecation and, as such, are blatantly nonsensical. What experience did Harry S.Truman, the haberdasher, as he was called, have? None compared to Obama’s.

    The not “Black enough” does not deserve a response. Suffice it to ask “If Obama is not Black enough then who among the candidate is? Hillary? Please… Let’s be real!

    I understand loyalty but again loyalty at what cost? Is a victory by Hillary more important to the Black community than a victory by Obama? I think not! No matter how “progressive” she “could” turn out to be, it could never compare with the victory of a progressive African American! Think, for a moment, what the sound of “President Obama” would mean to so many young Black men and women across this nation! In a sense it would be like what JFK’s victory meant to Catholics—especially Irish Catholics.

    Recognizing the self imposed dilemma facing some Blacks; those whites who viscerally oppose his candidacy are salivating at the possibility of a Black split which would guarantee a victory for Ms. Clinton and keep the primary power seat in America white as snow. For them, “better a woman than a Black!” Hence, as a means of manipulating the minds of the electorate– especially of those whites who surprisingly have strongly supported Mr. Obama — there are now polls that constantly speak of “the split” in the Black community. This, as I see it, is designed to send the message “see his own community does not support him, why should we?” Obviously, they intend it to have an equal effect on the Black community with a slightly different twist “He can’t win why should I waste my vote.”

    Blacks and the growing number of whites and Latinos who want a change in direction: who want a thoughtful President, one who desires to reconstruct America and set it on a new path should not be fooled! I believe that Barack Obama can, and, with our continued collective effort, support and steadfastness, will win. If this were not so those who oppose him would not be trying so hard to derail his candidacy by promoting the alleged division among Blacks, the possibility of his being assassinated and the inevitable “coronation” of Hillary Clinton. In my view, Ms. Clinton is not unbeatable. Let us not forget that Truman beat Dewey!

    Adam Powell said it best…. “Keep the Faith Baby!” So too did Frederick Douglass when he said “without struggle there is no progress.”

    Let us not permit them to take us out of stride or for a ride down never-never land!

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  • Coop

    @helltothanaw

    I think Angel_Minded is say that some people are forget about the good that the Clinton’s have done.

  • Gymo

    Finally the truth:

    Bill and Hillary Clinton are race baiters!!!!

    Hillary should never be able to win on the Backs of Blacks, they proved that they are no better than your average Southern race baiter, as soon as there is a problem they look for the nearest person of color to attack and lie about.

  • Coop

    Angel_Minded

    In my book, Bill can do no wrong (smile)!

    I do agree w/ him tho, Obama’s wife Michelle kicked off the hateration on Hilary…and then all Hilary’s comment where twisted…they are seriously hating on this woman for no reason! But the thing that really pisses me off, is that the media is not even showing how Obama attacks her! It’s as if the media is soo biased against Hilary, b/c ‘they’ don’t want her to win!

    Sometimes I think it’s all a conspiracy to set Obama up to fail. I mean it would make sense. The media is displaying Obama as this great, charismatic, articulate, leader of change type of guy (not that I’m completely disagreeing w/ this observation) and then they’re trying to display Hilary as a racist by twisting her comments and actions…w/ headlines asking if she could cry her way back to the White House? WTF? I can’t believe that nobody is surprised about all the positive coverage of Obama and all the negative ones of Hilary? It just stands to reason that the media…along w/ other powerful people…are trying to get the masses to vote Obama for the pres primaries b/c they’ll know that a black man running will ensure that the Republicans will gain control of the white house…b/c they all know that if Hilary wins the democratic nomination…republicans won’t stand a chance in hell! Just my 2 cents!

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    I agree with a lot of what you have said but in no way can Hilary or Obama win if they are nominated.

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