Bill Clinton, the last Black President

Okay, time to have a little lesson in history.  Bill Clinton is no racist.  Sorry, everybody pile on and have your fun, but that pig just won’t fly.  And this is coming to you from one who was raised as an evangelical Christian and is a political conservative, who worked in a Republican White House but who has also dedicated himself to 20 years of research into presidential families. 

Now first, let me vent some of my conservative spleen.  After all, there aren’t too many conservative historians.  It gets confining, and lonely, doing history as a conservative.  I admit that I get tired hearing about how Bill Clinton presided over the longest running economic recovery in history.  My boss, Bush, Senior presided over the second longest, but both happened after Ronald Reagan ended a 40 year Cold War of unprecedented military spending that bankrupted the Soviet Union and almost bankrupted us too. The “peace dividend” coming from that abrupt and shocking end to the world’s most extravagant spending spree was substantial.  For years we spent money to develop and build weapons that were thankfully never used and many eventually destroyed but the economy that was engineered to pull of that miracle kept right on pumping with steroids after the Cold War ended, the money suddenly available to balance budgets and improve infrastructure and education.

Now, at the same time, my conservative friends have to understand that running the economy without flaw is no small feat.  It is a high wire act.  And neither Bush could do it.  Not the first, and not now the second who is scrambling to keep his eight years from being marked by two book-end recessions.  But Bill Clinton did.  We conservatives like to call that “lucky.”

And I groan when I hear people call Bill Clinton “the great communicator.”  Just how hard is it to communicate when the media is your echo chamber?  Now, Ronald Reagan, whom the media told us every day was a racist and warmonger?  He was a great communicator, getting re-elected anyway, carrying every state but Minnesota and some of us were up all night, praying and eventually shedding tears as it barely toppled into the Walter Mondale column.

And I was repulsed and frankly a bit frightened by the shameless abandonment of Paula Jones by the women’s movement in America, as a network of male editors at liberal newspapers trashed her and ridiculed her pain.  No one likes to see the powerful stomp on the weak, not on anybody’s daughter, sister or friend.   But having vented my conservative spleen, it is now my duty to step into this firestorm of unanimous “Bill Bashing” to make a tiny correction.  If no one listens, well, then this is just for the record.

So gather round liberals, Black activists, Obama supporters, self righteous Kennedys, frightened, gutless editors, Hornblowers and Bolgers, Goodbodys and Proudfoots, eh, sorry, Proudfeet, and lets review the facts of history.

If Bill Clinton is a racist …

            – Why did Toni Morrison call him the first Black president?

            – Why did he have a Black campaign manager? Obama doesn’t.

            – Why did he appoint Blacks to 300 of the top positions of government in his first year in office, by far more than any other president in history?

            – Why did he spend most of the Sunday’s of his life in Black churches listening to two hour sermons from Black pastors?

            – Why did he appoint more Black federal judges than any president in American history?

            – Why did he never have a political event, a private party or a state dinner without blacks there too?

            – Why did he advocate and advance more Black initiatives than any president with maybe the exception of Lyndon Johnson, and that includes John F. Kennedy, by the way.

            – When he retired, why did he move his presidential offices into Harlem?

Since George Washington, former presidents dutifully retired into oblivion.  In the 18th century it mean a few years back on the farm.  In the 19th century they took world tours.  Grant did, the Lincolns were planning one.  In the 20th century, Teddy Roosevelt went to Africa on safari, to kill lions.  Even into modern times presidents retired to private lives.  Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon were never seen tromping off to displaced persons camps or holding starving black children in their arms.

Now, I love Ronald Reagan and he did some very nice things for a charity I co-founded (see Reagan on the National Charity Dinner ) and G. H. W. Bush has turned down some lucrative speaking gigs to help raise money for floods and tsunamis.  That’s all new for a retired Republican by the way and should surely be applauded.  And Jimmy Carter always wins the former presidents’ awards.  I also appreciate what he and former president Bush, Senior have done for my charity.  There is just something pure and wonderful about seeing Carter up on a roof pounding nails instead of using a power point presentation at a board meeting of a charitable trust.

But the truth is this, for every nail Jimmy Carter pounds into the roof of a new home for an overweight American living below our exalted poverty level, there are a thousand starving Black babies in Africa who owe their very lives to the work of Bill Clinton.  It is more than Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton could ever do for their own.  Here is a remarkable thought. It is very likely, as of right now, that Bill Clinton has raised more money for charity than all of the retired American presidents in all of American history combined.  And the biggest share of that fundraising has gone to Africans in need, ignored by most of the world. 

Bill Clinton is no racist. What is truly shameful, but typical, is that I have to be the one to remind you of this.

Yes, he made some missteps this week but we don’t really know the details.  I have been on the receiving end of mindless stories where everyone is sure they know what they are talking about and where hypocritical people look sanctimonious and people doing their job look bad and none of the detail or circumstances or context is really known and the media spins it for their own selfish ulterior purposes, unseen by the public.

Life is complicated, especially politics.  Billy Graham made mistakes in his conversations with Nixon, in his illegally retained income investigated during the 1970’s but it doesn’t mean he isn’t Billy Graham.  An innocent Mother Theresa was scandalized when it was learned she had leant her name and picture to fraudulent fundraisers.  But it doesn’t mean she was no longer Mother Theresa, a saint.  And this week does not mean that Bill Clinton is not Bill Clinton.

In their understandable rush to get a Black president into the White House, the Black community would do well to pause and think about the last time they had a Black president.  There is no way that Barack Obama can do more for you, appoint more judges, pass out more programs than Clinton did.  In fact, you know he will have to do the very opposite to prove he can govern all groups, not just yours.  You know, with all your pride in his ascendency that you are destined for some disappointments and unrealized expectations if he wins and you leaders now lambasting Bill Clinton will probably have less face time in the Roosevelt Room with Barack Obama than you ever had under Ronald Reagan.  You know that will be coming if he wins.

 So perhaps now you should slow down a bit and consider the record of a man who has loved you all his life.  If he had been president he would never have been too busy or too remote to leave you stranded on rooftops in a New Orleans flood, in 90 degree heat, without water or toilets.  He would have been there immediately, at your side.  And now that it is his turn to be stranded up there alone for a few hours or days, until this story passes, you would do well to go to his side, no matter who you eventually support for president.  Even if Barack Obama should win, you may one day come to realize that Bill Clinton was not only the first but also the last “Black president” you ever had in your lifetime and he certainly does not deserve to be called a racist. 


Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

4 thoughts on “Bill Clinton, the last Black President

  1. I agree that Bill Clinton is not a racist. Dick Morris can’t stand the Clintons but laughs at the notion of the Clinton’s as racists. I question Bill’s methods and morals. The end doesn’t justifify the means. It’s an imperfect world with imperfect people, running an imperfect government. It’s tough to remember that we shouldn’t put our faith in any man, but only in Jesus the author and perfector or our faith.

    The magic that Bill has is that he can be likable in the midst of scandel. It makes my stomach turn to say that, however, the good news is that he is not running for President- she is. Hillary seems much more liberal than her more moderate husband. It’s hard to believe how far left the party has moved since Bill in 1999.

  2. As I commented before, you are a contrarian. But yes, I suppose it is quite unfair to take Bill Clinton to task on this issue. But they are doing it.

  3. This was an interesting read….in the grand scope of things it illustrates why serious issues that do effect all citizens in our country are not addressed. Because issues like this take the front page while the NAU doesn’t even get a byline.

    Again, It is not the business of the country to know someone’s sexual preference. Nor does the Constitution open the door to interpret privileges, allowances, special treatment, or protections for select groups only. The constitution encompasses protecting the rights of ALL individuals and does not divide them by race, sex or religion. If we could get past the issues that have no legal standing to ever resolve to a fairness of “all” people we may just be able to focus on these issues that do effect all Americans depending on who wins this election.

    In the not so far past these issues matttered greatly to Americans. All Americans.

    Whitewater Gate

    Just to name a few…

    What are black leaders saying about the Clintons?

    Sharpton On Clinton: “Never Done Nothing For Us” (March 20, 2008)

    When you talk about Bill Clinton moving into Harlem it gives the impression he moved to the “worst” part of Harlem. As if all of Harlem is a ghetto and he has no qualms about being with people who were impoverished. The office he took is posh, luxurious, and a far cry from the poor who do live in bad, hard, and crime ridden areas of Harlem. Not shocking he stampeded his way into those offices, and to heck with anyone who got in his way. His “need for so much space” caused the displacement of The Administration for Children’s Services.. Forget Children – make room for Clinton…a “retired” president to give the impression he is still down with the black community and such a great man he will take his office in their community. A community as we have seen that is far removed from the new plush offices of the retired President. But it makes for great headlines doesn’t it?

    Bill Clinton Bounces Another Harlem Tenant | The New York Observer

    Bill Clinton’s Harlem Office Move Appears to Have Backfired
    Dozens of angry blacks demonstrated last week outside the building that houses the former president’s staff, claiming that his move had led to the gentrification of the area and increased the price of homes beyond their reach.

    How did the Clinton’s garner support from the Black community when during the period the “first black president” and his wife ran Arkansas, the NAACP sued them for intimidating black voters at the polls?

    What are others saying about Hillary and Race issues?

    Hillary Clinton is a racist

    Again, IS THIS the ONLY issue we have to be concerned about where the topic of a Hillary run for president is concerned? Those of us who have followed the corruption of both Clinton’s and Bush do not think so.

    Campaign Finance Fraud Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton
    Ethics Complaint Against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York

    Hillary: ‘Vote white!’ (clinton racism goes overt)
    Listen to Randall Robinson in this video. (Indeed, listen to bill Clinton in this video.) Listen… watch… read below… about Rwanda. Only one conclusion is possible: A Clinton legacy of lynching.

    The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See! (1of2)

    We do not know the extent of Hillary’s involvement with all this issues but they are issues the American people need to take serious heed to. The Mena Arkansas drug running cover up-that occurred while Bill was Governor in Arkansas is yet another serious issue that needs real investigation to a REAL closure. The Clinton Chronicles shows the depth of the deception in Mena and this link reveals GWB Sr…an man you reveal esteem for Mr.Wead to be deep in the drug trade using the CIA as well.

    If there is nothing to hide in Mena then why did so many key witnesses come to an untimely death in this case before they could testify and why were extreme efforts and road blocks inserted to prevent cases from materializing with each new Prosecuting DA that looked into it and found just cause to open it again and again only to face ruined careers of a another DA who also found themselves literally running for their lives? Why doe s Iran/Contra appear to have never happened if you ask most American’s today?

    Mena Revisited

    Besides that what has Hillary done for New York? She promised 200,000 + new jobs and instead gave 75,000 more losses in jobs.

    The death of Ron Brown days before he was to testify against Clinton in which he declared he would not go down alone yet another white wash that deserved prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. That centered around Hillary’s scheme to sell trade commision seats. Clinton exerted his power to ship Brown on Croatia trip immediately to get him out of the reach of the courts. Dead with multiple bullet wounds and called a suicide?

    Where is NOW-Where are the women’s organizations for Hillary Clinton? Where they should be as FAR away as possible.

    When it comes to electing our first female President., we can do better then Hillary Clinton. We need to do better then Hillary Clinton, or the symbolism of a woman as president will be marred by electing a woman who has done almost as much to inflict mistreatment on real life women as her misogynist husband.

    Candice Jackson- Their Lives: The women Targeted by the Clinton Machine.

    This is what Hillary thinks of defending women…


    This is the protection Hillary receives from cases brought against her from other women..

    Appeals Court Ignores Key Evidence – Dismisses Gennifer Flowers’ Case Against Hillary Clinton, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos (Jan. 11, 2006)

    It doesn’t matter to me because groups like NOW do more to hurt women then help them anyway. We will never truly make great strides if we demand special privledges based upon our sex. It is doing the same thing they decry against to the opposite sex when they win “based” upon sex, instead of their efforts, merits, and experience.

    But speaking of women…Isn’t it ironic that Martha Stewart spent time behind bars for a fraction of the financial investing crimes of Hillary Clinton?

    Hillary Clinton’s cow trades
    Hillary Clinton’s White Water
    A Re-Hash of Hillary’s Role in Whitewater (November 3, 2005)

    Will the people wake up to Hillary Clintons’ campaign finance fraud that she repeats again, and again without fanfare of the mass media?

    Is Obama above jumping into scandalous land deals? No he is not.

    Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) – News reports surfaced in 2006 that Illinois Senator Barak Obama entered into an unusual land deal with a now-indicted political fundraiser, Tony Rezko. The complicated real estate transaction occurred when it was widely known that Rezko was under federal investigation in a political corruption scandal.

    Are we more concerned with the direction of another Clinton White house, over a race issue, when it is obvious Obama has his own race issues too (Rev. Wright ring a bell) or are we more concerned with a serious issue that involves all American’s regardless of race or sex?

    Giving top nuclear secrets to the Chinese, aiding and abetting criminals in drugs, campaign finances from criminals and US enemies and much more is what we are talking about here. Does the term TREASON mean a thing in this country any longer?

    Senator James Inhofe
    Senate Floor Speech
    June 23, 1999

    The COX Report

    The Untold Story of the Rosen Trial

    Has Mrs. Clinton dissolved all ties with these same key players in China to end this treason against our country? Has she stopped the campaigne finance fraud? You tell me.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) – In January 2006, Hillary Clinton’s fundraising operation was fined $35,000 by the Federal Election Commission for failing to accurately report more than $700,000 in contributions to Clinton’s Senate 2000 campaign. New information also surfaced in 2006 raising more questions about Hillary and her brother Anthony Rodham’s connection to the Clinton Pardongate scandal, where presidential pardons were allegedly traded in exchange for cash and other favors.

    FEC Fines Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising Operation for Violating Election Laws in Response to Judicial Watch Complaint (Jan. 6, 2006)

    Hillary raises $26 million for ’08 (April 2, 2007)

    Clinton donor wanted by FBI in scheme to funnel money (March 3, 2007)

    Jail for Top Democratic Donor, Clinton Friend (February 12, 2008)

    Clinton’s Multi Million-Dollar Communist Uranium Deal (January 31, 2008)

    Rules Don’t Stop Hillary from Campaigning (January 28, 2008)

    Clinton Donor Tied to Mexican Drug Trade (January 7, 2008)

    Hillary’s Golden Palestinian Money Trial (May 17, 2007)

    Big Hillary Donor A Major U.S. Tax Evader (May 3, 2007)

    Hillary Won’t Return Tainted Cash (March 21, 2007)

    Clinton Gave Iran Nuclear Technology (April 17, 2006

    Hillary Clinton’s Iranian Money Connection (January 23, 2006)

    Hillary’s Cozy Relationship With China (April 12, 2006)

    Hillary Clinton Endorsed Communist Control Of U.S. Ports (March 2, 2006)

    “What We Were Prevented From Investigating” (January 19, 2006)

    Oil-for-Food Money Could Be Traced to Clintons (November 1, 2005)

    My two cents’ worth–and I think it is the two cents’ worth of everybody who worked for the Clinton Administration health care reform effort of 1993-1994–is that Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn’t smart enough to realize that she was in over her head and had to get out of the Health Care Czar role quickly.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has already flopped as a senior administrative official in the executive branch–the equivalent of an Undersecretary. There is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president.

    So when senior members of the economic team said that key senators like Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have this-and-that objection, she told them they were disloyal. When junior members of the economic team told her that the Congressional Budget Office would say such-and-such, she told them (wrongly) that her conversations with CBO head Robert Reischauer had already fixed that. When long-time senior hill staffers told her that she was making a dreadful mistake by fighting with rather than reaching out to John Breaux and Jim Cooper, she told them that they did not understand the wave of popular political support the bill would generate.

    J. Bradford Delong
    Professor of Economics Berkley
    Clinton Administration Veteran

    Her healthcare plan was a nightmare.

    Hillary helped Bill Clinton get NAFTA approved –then lied about it

    Hillary Clinton’s NAFTA Story Exposed

    She says she’s against the war but continues to vote for it and fund it.

    Her actions continue to go against the Democratic base she says she stands for. This is minor compared to the treason with China etal…but for the reason why we continue to see Mom and Pop shops disappear we only need to look to those who helped the giants drive them out.

    She Served on the Board of Walmart-Lied about that too. Walmart has brought about more demise of the small independent business owner then any other corporation.
    Hillary Clinton: Rare Footage – The WalMart Years

    The US cannot withstand another Clinton in the White House anymore then they can withstand a Jeb Bush run for the White House later on. Same agenda, same sell out of the US. Obama is no real change either. Same path with the same end results. Far too many have focused attention on issues that will not alter the course we are on thus we see why no true investigations have completed to the prosecution of real criminals in this country and to the detriment of our future. If they voted in the Acts that have dismantled our Constitution they have not upheld their Oath they took for office. If they are for NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO, NAFTA Super Highway and the NAU they are against the US. Read what it all means in your own government based records and tell me what we have to be more concerned with today?

  4. Well, the question is about the fairness of attacks on Clinton for racism and as this post makes clear, that is nonsense. Like or not.

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