Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Clinton's Mentor

The late Sen. William Fulbright of Arkansas was a segregationist who signed the Southern Manifesto in protest of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, yet Bill Clinton says Fulbright was his "mentor." When Clinton was president, he presented Fulbright with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Upon doing so, the First Black President said of his mentor, "The American political system produced this remarkable man, and my state did, and I'm proud of it." After Fulbright's death, Clinton dedicated a statue to him in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he said, "If he were here today, I'm sure he would caution us not to be too utopian in our expectations, but rather utopian in our values and vision."

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