Americans: Large Mass. Small Memory.
Hey Media: That’s not the Bill Clinton I remember
Is this we’ll how we’ll be remembered? The people who enjoyed the fat of the land but couldn’t remember what happened from year to year? If anyone reads through our newspapers in 100 years, surely that will be their conclusion.
Even before Bill Clinton’s celebrated speech last night (I have yet to listen to it, but I will—Bill Clinton is a great speaker), we learned from various media outlets that he was a popular president and how both Democrats and Republicans remember fondly his tenure.
I remember him as the president known for oral sex with an intern. Who then lied about it on camera. I remember him as the president who allowed me to explain oral sex to our kids innocently listening to the radio news. He is the man who was impeached and a national disgrace. The man who was a running joke for late night comedians for several years.
I’m all for grace and fresh starts. And I’ve got my problems—I’m not judging, only remembering.
Bill Clinton a popular president? Yes, for the media and comedians. Maybe today if you look only at the economy during his time in office. But for me: my memory is decidedly mixed. At best.