Bill Clinton's upcoming U of M appearance received more favorably than Condi Rice

Categories: Politics, U of M
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Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota in October 2012.
On June 9, Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Keeping Faith with the Legacy of Justice" series. The 42nd president will also accept the Dean's Award for Public Leadership.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of Clinton's appearance has been received much more favorably by liberal activists than former national security advisor and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was before and during her appearance at the Northrop last month.

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Before Rice's speech, U of M math professor William Messing introduced a resolution in the University Senate calling for officials to cancel her appearance. (Messing told us he would do the same if President Obama were invited to campus -- he hasn't yet responded to an email seeking his thoughts on Clinton.) The resolution didn't go anywhere, but Rice's speech was greeted by about 200 protesters upset about how Rice "mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the existence of links between al Qaeda and the Iraqi regime," as Messing's resolution put it.

One of the Rice protest organizers was Students for a Democratic Society member Nick Theis. But Theis, who just graduated last weekend, says he doesn't sense the same level of consternation about Clinton's invite.

"I personally think there are better individuals than Bill Clinton to recieve this award, [but] some of the key people who supported the Condi Rice protest are fine with Clinton coming," Theis tells us.

We were also forwarded an email exchange between Chuck Turchick, an alumnus and continuing ed student who is critical of Clinton's invite, and Samuel Myers, a Humphrey School professor of human relations and social justice who decried Rice's invite to campus (read an open letter about Myers wrote about that topic here), but is fine with Clinton's appearance.

Here's part of what Myers wrote to Turchick:
While you point out the role that Clinton played in dismantling welfare and increasing the attack on drugs (begun under previous administrations), you neglect to reference the scholarly work demonstrating the sustained economic growth during the Clinton era and the narrowing of the racial gap in earnings. You fail to mention the dramatic increase in support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities under Clinton and the impacts that educational funding for minorities had on improving economic prospects for minority college graduates. You fail to mention the hiring rates in the Clinton Administration of women and minorities in positions of policy importance. You fail to mention the role that the Clinton Administration played in advocating for "mending affirmative action and not ending it" and other initiatives widely supported by the black community.

The Roy Wilkins Center, in this instance, is a proud co-sponsor of the event honoring a true friend and supporter of Civil Rights.
Whereas Rice was paid $150,000 for her appearance, all the proceeds from the $50-a-pop Clinton tickets will be donated to the U of M for "scholarships designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the spirit of the Civil Rights Act," according to U of M info.

Some tickets are still available, but the event is nearly sold out as of this morning. If you're interested in attending, click here for more info.

Finally, if you'd like to read a book excerpt from Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow that Turchick cites in his email as outlining the reasons he's opposed to Clinton's appearance, click to page two.


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Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Oh you mean a successful president was received more favorably than a war criminal? shocker.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

" ....I did not have sex with that Woman................."

Kevin Jay
Kevin Jay

ohhh boy!!! lets round up the coeds for him to pick from.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

If the media machine were behind Condi like they were Bill, the headline would most likely be flipped. Who cares?!

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

I wonder how much money (OUR money - we gave it to him) he donated to get that "award" - and how much they're paying him to blow hard?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Let's not forget Bill Clinton lead us to 8 years of peace and prosperity while Condi Rice was a lying screwup who let 9/11 happen.    When the Twin Towers were attacked on Bill Clinton's watch he arrested the mastermind right away.    Bush and Condi let Osama Bin Laden live free.   The United States made a huge mistake reelecting Bush in 2004.  It made sure that Osama would go unpunished for 4 more years.  Thankfully we elected Obama who knows how to use the US military.    Bush could have captured Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora but let him go because he thought the US military was incapable of capturing Bin Laden.  Thank goodness we elected Obama who knows the US military is really good at shooting murderers in the face.   Remember these facts whenever you hear the cowardly stupid Republicans bleat about Benghazi.   9/11 was the fault of Republicans and they blocked every attempt to investigate their screwups.  Bin Laden went free because Republicans don't trust the US military to catch him.  Vote for Democrats. 


Condolezza Rice ignored the August 6 Daily Briefing Memo, entitled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US."    Never forget.   9/11 was just as much the fault of Bush Administration stupidity as Al Qaeda competence.  

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Slick Willy was the best President we have had in a long, long time.

Andrew Berg
Andrew Berg

Maybe he is looking for new interns.

Onan
Onan

@mingtran  Apparently you do since you took the time to leave a comment..

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Obama is a much better President than Bill.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Onan I'm not the originator, just the interpreter. You and other stupid people need it broken down so you stop worrying about styrofoam bans and mandatory earplugs at concerts.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran I knew you would hate this post because it contains verifiable facts.   You are just a dumb troll full of insults and bigotry but short on facts. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann  Bill Clinton is atleast a guy the Average Joe would sit down and have a beer with. The Average Joe thinks Barak Obama is a douche-waffle...unless you ask Black Average Joe...but even some of them are coming around. Get outta the basement, beotch

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann  FACT: Let's not forget Clinton airstruck the shit out of Iraq and both Kosovo and Serbia. Let us also not forget there is no actual evidence of Osama bin Laden ever having even been a real person, let alone killing him and "dumping his body in the ocean.", let alone an Al Qaeda link to 9/11. You will believe anything based on nothing simply if the teller is a charismatic one. You really are stupid.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann   Everything I said is a fact.  You couldn't refute it because the facts are not on your side and you aren't very smart anyway.  You are nothing but a bullshit talking loudmouth.   All you do is talk.  You don't back up anything you say.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann It wouldn't do any good to re-hash all of the verifiable evidence AGAINST your above post as I've done so for years. If it has a (D), you'll always be ridin' its "d". BEOTCH

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