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Bill Clinton cancels commencement speech at UCLA
guardian.co.uk ^ | June 11 2008 | ap

Posted on 06/10/2008 10:12:38 PM PDT by mdittmar

Bill Clinton on Tuesday canceled a commencement speech at the University of California, Los Angeles, because of a lingering labor dispute.

The former president was scheduled to address 4,000 graduating seniors on Friday, but his office said he would not appear because of the long-running rift between the university and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: commencements; ucla; unions; x42
That's a shame.
1 posted on 06/10/2008 10:12:38 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Wrinkletwink scheduled this while his wife was still ‘in the game.’ Beyond that, he doesn’t give a damn. The photo op dissolved.


2 posted on 06/10/2008 10:15:34 PM PDT by Sax
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To: mdittmar

Bill Clinton: Oxygen thief


3 posted on 06/10/2008 10:15:40 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: mdittmar

Bill is finally gone.


4 posted on 06/10/2008 10:16:58 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: mdittmar

With Bill Clinton bailing out, where is UCLA going to find a dynamic speaker who will inspire the graduates? I think Jeremiah Wright has an opening on his schedule.


5 posted on 06/10/2008 10:19:51 PM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: eyedigress

he doesn’t want to be asked questions about Hillary’s campaign. I bet he would rather lie low for now.


6 posted on 06/10/2008 10:20:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: mdittmar

clintons never turn down money, and billy never turns down a chance to be front-and-center...unless there is a personal price to pay.

He’s hiding out.


7 posted on 06/10/2008 10:22:00 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: mdittmar

He must have had an emergency date with some hollywood whore, oops I meant starlet.


8 posted on 06/10/2008 10:23:08 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: Dilbert San Diego

That would suggest that Obama is going to be somewhat disqualified. If so, and not discovered by now, I don’t believe it.


9 posted on 06/10/2008 10:24:10 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Dilbert San Diego
He has to. HRC is fixin' to pull a major rabbit out of a hat.

And she needs Bill to be very quiet.

10 posted on 06/10/2008 10:25:13 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: mdittmar

Bill must be on the Valtrex this week.


11 posted on 06/10/2008 10:25:22 PM PDT by mkjessup (Obama-flakes! = Little suntanned Jimmy Carters with twice the empty rhetoric , from DNC cereals!)
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To: mdittmar

Dr. Walter Williams should check his schedule. In twenty minutes, he likely could undo four years of education.


12 posted on 06/10/2008 10:26:54 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: mdittmar

His date was on her period...


13 posted on 06/10/2008 10:29:52 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: mdittmar
Poor, poor Bill ... buh-bye!
14 posted on 06/10/2008 10:31:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Bernard
"where is UCLA going to find a dynamic speaker who will inspire the graduates?"

Angela Davis is always available.

yitbos

15 posted on 06/10/2008 10:32:13 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." - Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman
Angela Davis is always available.

With a side dish of fine poetry by "Angelou".

FMCDH(BITS)

16 posted on 06/10/2008 11:10:41 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: mdittmar

The hilarious irony here is that if these colleges had commissioned normal conservative celebrities for their commencements instead of a couple of socialist scumbags like Clinton and Nunez, they wouldn’t have a problem.

Oh well, que sera sera....


17 posted on 06/10/2008 11:15:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: bannie
He’s hiding out.

It's possible he had another major herpes breakout on his lips and face.

18 posted on 06/10/2008 11:17:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mdittmar
UCLA's honorarium check must have bounced.

Clinton is all about the money.

19 posted on 06/11/2008 3:06:47 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: mdittmar

If the she devil had won you know he’d be there, scoping out the coeds.


20 posted on 06/11/2008 4:54:07 AM PDT by Carley
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To: mdittmar

He is afraid that make up will not cover the bruises and scratches on his face.


21 posted on 06/11/2008 6:23:13 AM PDT by jch10
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To: mdittmar
I hear NBC's Brian Williams is available.....if the school wants a truly inspiring speaker.

Leni

22 posted on 06/11/2008 6:26:18 AM PDT by MinuteGal (FRedhead in Mourning)
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To: tang-soo

or Thomas Sowell or Bill Cosby.


23 posted on 06/11/2008 6:28:41 AM PDT by purpleraine
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To: bannie

I don’t think commencement speakers are paid. With no money on the table, Clinton’s decision to walk away was a no brainer for him. No skin off his bulbous, red nose.


24 posted on 06/11/2008 6:53:59 AM PDT by Eroteme
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To: mdittmar

Maybe they could get Vladimir Putin.


25 posted on 06/11/2008 7:01:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (If God wanted us to be Socialist, Karl Marx would have been born in America.)
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To: bannie

Well, now that I said that [commencement speakers don’t get paid], I know that that’s not altogether accurate.
Honoraria are indeed offered, but are often waived by the speaker or designated to some charity.

More to the point, was Clinton offered an honorarium and could he accept it? His wife’s presidential candidacy might have made that a sticky issue, considering his front and center campaign role and the conflation of their personal funds with campaign cash.


26 posted on 06/11/2008 7:17:02 AM PDT by Eroteme
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To: mdittmar

This strike has been going on for months and Bill just canceled his speech Tuesday? Something does not ring true.


27 posted on 06/11/2008 10:17:39 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Carley

Exactly — he accepted many months ago, probably late in 2007 (many leading universities arrange their commencement speaker at least 6 months in advance). He expected this to be a chance to be surrounded by adoring hot young women while he preened over the Clintonista return to the big stage.

Now that he is a permanent has-been and Hillary is no longer on track to be POTUS, he sees no reason to honor his commitment. With the Clintons it’s always “what’s in it for ME?”

Even though, as I said, anyone in the big league of commencement speakers knows these things are arranged many months in advance. Now UCLA gets to scramble to try to find someone fast......


28 posted on 06/11/2008 10:25:05 AM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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To: Enchante

Wonder if bubba was paid in advance and now the university will be trying to get their money back.


29 posted on 06/11/2008 11:36:56 AM PDT by Carley
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To: Eroteme
More to the point, was Clinton offered an honorarium and could he accept it? His wife’s presidential candidacy might have made that a sticky issue,

Maybe they withdrew an honorarium offer? My opinion is that billy wouldn't do it--or anything else--without silver crossing his palm.

Do you remember an old bumper sticker, "Grass, Gas or Ass: Nobody Rides for Free"? That sums up my idea of clinton.

30 posted on 06/11/2008 5:00:11 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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