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Clinton Assails Bush at Commencement Talk
AP ^ | 5/19/03 | BARBARA POWELL

Posted on 05/19/2003 5:41:31 AM PDT by shhrubbery!

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -

Former President Bill Clinton accused President Bush of spending more time fighting the war on terrorism than on domestic issues during a commencement speech at Tougaloo College.

"I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we can't be forever strong abroad if we don't keep getting better at home," Clinton said Sunday to a crowd of about 8,000.

Clinton also criticized Bush's position on affirmative action and tax cuts just two days after the President formally kicked off his re-election campaign.

Clinton stayed for the entire three-hour ceremony and shook hands with each of the 144 graduates at the relatively obscure historically black college. But this private school of 800 students will also be the site of the Aug. 13 Democratic presidential debate.

Judging from the warm reception to his every blast of the Bush administration, Clinton had a lot of supporters in the crowd - which included former Democratic governors of Mississippi, Ray Mabus and William Winter.

On the stage with Clinton were Governor Ronnie Musgrove, and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., a Tougaloo graduate and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"We Democrats in Congress miss you," Thompson said, referring to the Republican majority in both houses of Congress and the Democrats' inability to derail Bush's tax cut plan.

Clinton, who commands as much as $350,000 a speech, was speaking at Tougaloo for free.

Clinton's attack on the president comes as Bush - who in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll had an approval rating of 71 percent, down from 77 percent during the war in Iraq - is drawing criticism from Democrats for his tax cut proposals and support for "race neutral alternatives" to affirmative action.

Clinton laughed long and heartily when student government president C.J. Lawrence assured the crowd that selecting Clinton was not an example of affirmative action. "Yes, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby were also considered, but I assure you Bill Clinton was selected solely on his merit," Lawrence said, drawing a big round of applause.

Despite the laughter, Clinton spoke seriously about what he said is the need to show that America takes care of its citizens of all races and all income levels through affirmative action and after-school care programs.

Clinton suggested that Bush's priorities are fighting terrorism, not domestic issues.

The Bush administration, Clinton said, "is still focused on defeating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and that's good, but not good enough. The power of our example is just as important as our military might."

Clinton also took aim at the growing budget deficit and Bush's tax cut proposals - all issues that are being raised by the nine Democrats who are running for president in 2004. Sunday's crowd at Tougaloo made it plain who many of them would like to see in the White House.

"I think if you were to take a vote here, they'd vote for Bill Clinton if he was running again," said Jerry Keahey, class of '61.

Clinton, who sang along with the choir to "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and chatted at length with many of those around him on the podium, also took time to take a jab at Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.

Lott lost his Senate Majority Leader position after his comment in December that the nation would have been better served if retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond had been elected president in 1948 when he ran on a segregationist platform.

Referring to the 134-year-old college's need to raise money to renovate its old buildings, Clinton suggested that Lott might want to help them raise money to make up for his remarks.

"Reach out, don't give up on anybody," Clinton said. "This is Sunday. Ask Lott to give you the money for the buildings. He said he was going to spend the rest of his life making up for the little trouble he had."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: clinton; commencements; knightswhosaynii; lottbashing; lowlife; pandering; slime
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1 posted on 05/19/2003 5:41:31 AM PDT by shhrubbery!
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton is a horse's ass. Bush's priority has to be defense of this country since #1 the Constitution mandates it and #2 Clinton ignored his Constitutional duty while in office.
2 posted on 05/19/2003 5:43:29 AM PDT by xrp
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To: shhrubbery!
William Judas Clinton is a damned liar and a traitor.
3 posted on 05/19/2003 5:44:03 AM PDT by punster
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To: shhrubbery!
"Yes, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby were also considered, but I assure you Bill Clinton was selected solely on his merit," Lawrence said, drawing a big round of applause.

This line tells you all you need to know about Tougaloo College.

4 posted on 05/19/2003 5:45:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: shhrubbery!
Yawn...
5 posted on 05/19/2003 5:45:33 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: punster
Clinton is a horse's ass.

What did a horse's ass ever do to you? :)

6 posted on 05/19/2003 5:45:59 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: shhrubbery!
On the stage with Clinton were Governor Ronnie Musgrove...

Well, sitting up there on that stage with Clintoon while he was bashing the President may have pleased the crowd at the commencement, but it won't sit well with the vast majority of Mississippi voters who'll be turning out to vote for governor.

All politics is local, and Haley Barbour is probably crafting attack ads right this minute.

7 posted on 05/19/2003 5:46:30 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: shhrubbery!
Former President Bill Clinton accused President Bush of spending more time fighting the war on terrorism than on domestic issues during a commencement speech at Tougaloo College.

It is unheard of for a former president to attack a sitting president during the latter's term.

But Clinton is a master of the uncouth.

8 posted on 05/19/2003 5:48:03 AM PDT by Lazamataz ( "People that quote themselves in their taglines bother me." - Lazamataz)
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To: shhrubbery!
Pot
Kettle
Black...

Any questions?
9 posted on 05/19/2003 5:48:20 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (If common sense is so common, why is it so difficult to find it?)
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To: shhrubbery!
I'm convinced the psycopath can't help himself and obsessively campaigns - even when he can't run for anything.

What I don't understand is why the press doesn't call him on it. It's like they are all still star struck Democrats longing for their white knight/first black President to save them and bring them back from the abyss.

Oh right, momentary lapse of reality there, I'm back now ...
10 posted on 05/19/2003 5:48:57 AM PDT by optimistically_conservative
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To: shhrubbery!
Tougaloo College. Ha! You've come a long way, BC! Tougaloo?
11 posted on 05/19/2003 5:49:00 AM PDT by Trust but Verify (With apologies to any Tougaloo College alums....)
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton spoke seriously about what he said is the need to show that America takes care of its citizens of all races and all income levels through affirmative action and after-school care programs.

Billie-Jeff still pushing the nanny state concept. Let's hope, despite the reported ovations, that at least some of these young people are smarter than that.

12 posted on 05/19/2003 5:49:14 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: shhrubbery!; Liz; Howlin
Yes, indeed, he appears again to remind us that he is a waste of oxygen.

The Clintonista program continues:

1. Make sure that JFK comparison is out there for all the world to see. (JFK intern story, complete with long-suffering wife and statements that it didn't affect his presidency.)

2. Get Blumenthal's book talked about, so everyone can see Clinton is a victim of the VRWC. (Full of lies and character assassinations of anyone who opposed the Clintons.)

3. Stir up class warfare and racial hatred. (Comments like this, which are nothing but pandering to a minority crowd.

4. Personal attacks on family members. (Latest National Enquirer story, which is rehashed gossip from over a year ago from dubious sources).

Hillary is going to run. I would bet cash money on it.

13 posted on 05/19/2003 5:49:47 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Cincinatus
Tougaloo College.

Too-da-loo college ... x42's swan song.

buhbye.

14 posted on 05/19/2003 5:49:50 AM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can study anything.)
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To: shhrubbery!; mhking
ping
15 posted on 05/19/2003 5:50:28 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton also criticized Bush's position on affirmative action and tax cuts just two days after the President formally kicked off his re-election campaign.

"Because if Bush succeeds in eliminating affirmative action and reduces taxes, then there will be no benefit to us from your raising your children to be victims, why, we just won't be able to keep you on the plantation......well, what I meant to say was......"

16 posted on 05/19/2003 5:52:41 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Living Free in NH
What did a horse's ass ever do to you? :)

1. Raised taxes
2. Lied under oath
3. Didn't get Osama when offered
4. Hillary
5. and on, and on, and on ....

17 posted on 05/19/2003 5:52:45 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Lazamataz
Master of the uncouth, indeed.

But Sick William is also angling to become the first "First Man", from which position he'll lead the country.

Or at least, he'll lead as much as Hilliary Rotten will let him.

Oh well, he'll get to attend funerals.
18 posted on 05/19/2003 5:53:13 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: shhrubbery!
Why do liberals think it is honorable to put stock in Liars, Traitors, and begrudging characters.

Is it a prerequisit to become a liberal you have to be totally selfish and absolutely against everything that is RIGHT and good?!

All this while some are duped into believing Bill cares....BLAHQUE!!!!

19 posted on 05/19/2003 5:54:30 AM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: Living Free in NH; punster
My horse wishes to register a complaint. At least her posterior produces useful fertilizer and has a well groomed tail . . .


20 posted on 05/19/2003 5:54:55 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: knarf
Breakin' 2, Electric Tougaloo

(80s break dancing movie)
21 posted on 05/19/2003 5:55:17 AM PDT by rdax
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton suggested that Bush's priorities are fighting terrorism, not domestic issues.

"And you all know why, of course.....racism, pure racism."

22 posted on 05/19/2003 5:55:40 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: shhrubbery!

Clinton suggested that Bush's priorities are fighting terrorism, not domestic issues. The Bush administration, Clinton said, "is still focused on defeating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and that's good, but not good enough. The power of our example is just as important as our military might."

Maybe if Xlintoon spent more effort fighting terrorism, his succesor to the presidency would be able to put domestic issues first.

   

23 posted on 05/19/2003 5:55:55 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Living Free in NH; punster
Clinton is a horse's ass.

What did a horse's ass ever do to you? :)


Leave the poor horses alone. Go with the multi-use camel's ass. It is much more fitting to our times and his desires
24 posted on 05/19/2003 5:57:46 AM PDT by snooker
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To: Trust but Verify
....You've come a long way, BC....

Trimpotus and Yassar Arafat...... the daily struggle for relevance.

25 posted on 05/19/2003 5:59:22 AM PDT by bert (Don't Panic !)
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To: shhrubbery!
Let's see... Clinton says Bush is spending too much time on the WoT

Other Dems say he's spending too much time on Iraq and not enough on the WoT...

Loserman says we're not spending enough time on Iraq...

These guys are so lost it's actually funny!

26 posted on 05/19/2003 6:01:19 AM PDT by rintense (Freedom is contagious. And everyone wants to catch it.)
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton's attack on President Bush was intended to accomplish two things: (1)to defect attention from Clinton's abject failure to deal with terrorism and terrorists during his eight years in the Oval Office; (2)to mask the fact the ecomonic growth we experienced in the mid-1990's had already started to retreat during the last year of his Administration.
27 posted on 05/19/2003 6:01:39 AM PDT by Pharlap
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To: shhrubbery!
Keep talking, Criminal X42.

People are sick of you and want you to go away. But your grandiose view of your very disgusting self just can't allow you to keep your mouth shut.

Go for it! Perhaps you can destroy the Democrat Party forever.

P.S. Susan Estrich was just kidding. She really wants you and the little Missus to keep those massive jaw muscles in shape with plenty of exercise.
28 posted on 05/19/2003 6:06:01 AM PDT by Semi Civil Servant
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To: TLBSHOW; sinkspur; aristeides
Clinton, who sang along with the choir to "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and chatted at length with many of those around him on the podium, also took time to take a jab at Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.

And Frist is sooo much better, blah, blah, blah...< /sarcasm>

29 posted on 05/19/2003 6:08:12 AM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton spoke seriously about what he said is the need to show that America takes care of its citizens of all races and all income levels through affirmative action and after-school care programs.

So everyone of the graduates is an absolute idiot because they worked for something and achieved it on their own merit.

And then Clinton tells them they are worthless because affirmative action is in place to give them something they couldn't possibly achieve without government interference.

And Clinton takes a $350,000 tax credit because he donated his time to an institution of higher learning as he talks against tax cuts.

30 posted on 05/19/2003 6:08:33 AM PDT by N. Theknow
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To: shhrubbery!
The debasement of the office of former president continues! It's ok to use a college commencement as a platform to attack the current administration. More of the Democrats permanent campaign!
31 posted on 05/19/2003 6:10:03 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: shhrubbery!
The "Former Occupant of the Oval Office, 1993-2001" is still campaigning for office? Didn't he run up against term limits a few years ago? Can't he PLEASE go away?
32 posted on 05/19/2003 6:12:02 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: Lazamataz
"It is unheard of for a former president to attack a sitting president during the latter's term."

Apparently not anymore, another precedent set by the Impeached One. Despite media bias, why doesn't anyone call him on this? It's sickening!
33 posted on 05/19/2003 6:12:59 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: xrp
Take that back! You have just insulted HORSE'S ASSES!

WHY isn't Clinton in prison yet???????????????????????
34 posted on 05/19/2003 6:19:45 AM PDT by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary, Mistress of Darkness? Me Neither!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: shhrubbery!
Bush has bent over backwards being polite and non-confrontational with the previous administration.

Afte this speech that may have ended.

35 posted on 05/19/2003 6:20:28 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: YankeeReb
He was too busy having his presidential podium polised by young plump nubile little girls under his desk. He couldn't be bothered with national security!
36 posted on 05/19/2003 6:20:56 AM PDT by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary, Mistress of Darkness? Me Neither!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Rummyfan
I may be wrong but I seem to recall Carter saying some uncomplimentary things about Reagan while Reagan was still in office. It may have been a low key interviews rather than these speeches the toon is giving however.
37 posted on 05/19/2003 6:21:24 AM PDT by xp38
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To: AnAmericanMother
I have a picture on the fridge that says "AL GORE IS A" and there is a picture of a horse's ass there. It also says AL GORE IS A RISKY SCHEME. My kids added the horse's ass for me.

My son brought me a neat sign from college. It has AL, Bill, & Hill's pictures on it, and it reads
WANTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
For crimes against USA.

My angry commie sister got all excited, she thought I had converted to her side, thought I wanted the evil three back in the White House. Then she read the "For crimes.....

LOL
38 posted on 05/19/2003 6:23:46 AM PDT by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary, Mistress of Darkness? Me Neither!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton stayed for the entire three-hour ceremony and shook hands with each of the 144 graduates at the relatively obscure historically black college.

How appropriate for the insignificant worm called Sinkmeister.

39 posted on 05/19/2003 6:27:55 AM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: shhrubbery!
Had Clinton paid attention to the terrorist threats to this country when it was his responsibility to do so, President Bush could be concentrating more on the economy! As it is, I suspect that when all is said and done, President Bush will easily do more on all fronts than Clinton ever did.
40 posted on 05/19/2003 6:29:37 AM PDT by twigs
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To: shhrubbery!
Had Clinton paid attention to the terrorist threats to this country when it was his responsibility to do so, President Bush could be concentrating more on the economy! As it is, I suspect that when all is said and done, President Bush will easily do more on all fronts than Clinton ever did.
41 posted on 05/19/2003 6:29:38 AM PDT by twigs
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To: shhrubbery!
Rather than being on stage at a commencement, Clinton should be speaking from his jail cell.
42 posted on 05/19/2003 6:32:55 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: rdax
As a college textbook rep in the early seventies, I called on Tougaloo College. It was a small school but the instructors were fiercely proud of the standards they maintained for the students. Many graduates have become statesmen, lawyers, doctors, teachers ... I'm deeply saddened that Tougaloo has slipped so far as to welcome the degenerate x42 as their commencement speaker! [A further note: Tougaloo was so dedicated to academics that at one time decades ago an athletic program was passed over in deference to hiring more instructors! That is to be admired.]
43 posted on 05/19/2003 6:36:42 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: Semi Civil Servant
People are sick of you and want you to go away. But your grandiose view of your very disgusting self just can't allow you to keep your mouth shut.

Is anyone familiar with the quote that goes something like this: "It's best to keep ones mouth shut and look like a fool than to open it and remove all doubt !!"

44 posted on 05/19/2003 6:38:16 AM PDT by Uff Da
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To: Miss Marple
What's the NE story? I seemed to have missed this.
45 posted on 05/19/2003 6:38:48 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Cincinatus
This line tells you all you need to know about Tougaloo College.

And this line:

"I think if you were to take a vote here, they'd vote for Bill Clinton if he was running again," said Jerry Keahey, class of '61.

Black democrats can't seem to ween themselves from the koolaide.
46 posted on 05/19/2003 6:43:28 AM PDT by demkicker (I wanna kick some commie butt)
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To: shhrubbery!
More mudslinging from someone who should remain silent out of respect for his successor. Has anyone noticed that the Clintons badmouth the Bush at every turn, but the Bush administration has remained silent?
47 posted on 05/19/2003 6:50:19 AM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: shhrubbery!
Remember when W couldn't answer the questions concerning those four foreign leaders? Remember how the Dems said that he would be good on domestic issues but totally incompetent on foreign issues?

Now, they're admitting they were wrong by claiming they are right.

Clinton is an egoist, a dishonest one at that.

Gort
48 posted on 05/19/2003 6:56:53 AM PDT by gortklattu
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To: shhrubbery!
Clinton Does The Tougaloo:

http://www.tougaloo.edu/ In good Biblical style one might say that the Amistad (the famous court case which freed Africans who are accused of mutiny after they killed a part of the captor crew of the slave ship Amistad and took over the vessel) begat the American Missionary Association, and the American Missionary Association begat Tougaloo College and her five sister institutions". (Campbell, Clarice T. and Oscar Allen Rogers, Jr., Mississippi: The View from Tougaloo, Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 1979, p.3). In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased a plantation of five hundred acres of land near Jackson, Mississippi, and established on it a school for the training of young people "irrespective of religious tenets, and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general." In 1871, the Legislature of the State of Mississippi granted the institution a charter under the name of "Tougaloo University." The Normal Department was recognized as a teacher training school until 1892 when the college ceased to receive aid from the state. Courses for college credit were first offered in 1897, and the first Bachelor of Arts degree was granted in 1901. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College......http://www.tougaloo.edu/history.html Can Clinton visit revive Tougaloo College?-http://www.cnn.com/2003/EDUCATION/05/14/tougaloo.college.ap/ Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Posted: 11:29 AM EDT (1529 GMT) Tougaloo College president Beverly Hogan JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Tucked behind a Target store on 500 acres of shaded grounds, little Tougaloo College has survived for 134 years in a relatively obscure corner of academia. While beloved by its 800-member student body and a hardcore group of dedicated alumni, Tougaloo has struggled with declining enrollment and a chronic funding shortage. But Tougaloo President Beverly Hogan and other backers of the school are hoping a commencement address from former President Bill Clinton on Sunday and a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus will bring the troubled campus some positive attention. Clinton, one of the world's most sought-after speakers and arguably the highest paid, isn't charging Tougaloo a fee. While Hogan is grateful and honored by the gesture, she said she wants more. "I'm hoping that Tougaloo College becomes part of the things he thinks about," said Hogan, who met Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas and she directed Mississippi's Office of Federal State Programs. "I won't let him forget Tougaloo." Though it produces doctors, lawyers and teachers, Tougaloo never attracted the enrollment, money or prestige afforded such other black institutions as Howard University -- which has an endowment of more than $300 million and more than 10,000 students. But Hogan, herself a Tougaloo alumna, and the chairman of Tougaloo's board of trustees, Leroy Walker Jr., believe a visit from a former president confers a seal of approval and a status from which Tougaloo can benefit. "For a small black college, this will do volumes from the standpoint of public relations," said Walker, who owns 21 franchised McDonald's restaurants. "We are proud that President Clinton hasn't forgotten that these are the kinds of institutions that make a difference to regular people." C.J. Lawrence, a graduating senior and student government association president who expects to meet the former president on Sunday, said Tougaloo students can relate to Clinton because he was in office in the 1990s. "I was one election away from being able to vote for him," the 22-year-old said. "He's a president of our lifetime. We got to see him grow just as we grew." High hopes Tougaloo is no stranger to high-profile visitors. Last year's commencement speaker was former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, a powerful Washington lawyer who drew a record crowd of 5,000. This year, Tougaloo sent out more than 10,000 graduation invitations. The school will set out 7,000 chairs on the campus green. But since the ceremony is open to the public as well as alumni, school officials are bracing for thousands more to attend. Workers have planted shrubs along the route Clinton may take when he arrives Sunday, and they plan to put up large banners welcoming him. Even Hogan's on-campus house has received a landscaping makeover. "You see how it is right now -- it's calm and quiet," Tougaloo spokesman Chip Washington said as he walked across the campus last week. "But picture how it's going to be on May 18. Mass hysteria." U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Tougaloo alumnus who helped bring the August 13 Democratic debate to the campus, said all the attention also could help turn the struggling college around. "This is Tougaloo's time to shine, no doubt about it," he said.

49 posted on 05/19/2003 7:07:16 AM PDT by Helms (Californication Beyond California)
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To: Helms
Clinton Does The Tougaloo:

http://www.tougaloo.edu/ In good Biblical style one might say that the Amistad (the famous court case which freed Africans who are accused of mutiny after they killed a part of the captor crew of the slave ship Amistad and took over the vessel) begat the American Missionary Association, and the American Missionary Association begat Tougaloo College and her five sister institutions". (Campbell, Clarice T. and Oscar Allen Rogers, Jr., Mississippi: The View from Tougaloo, Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 1979, p.3).

In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased a plantation of five hundred acres of land near Jackson, Mississippi, and established on it a school for the training of young people "irrespective of religious tenets, and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general." In 1871, the Legislature of the State of Mississippi granted the institution a charter under the name of "Tougaloo University." The Normal Department was recognized as a teacher training school until 1892 when the college ceased to receive aid from the state. Courses for college credit were first offered in 1897, and the first Bachelor of Arts degree was granted in 1901. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College......http://www.tougaloo.edu/history.html

Can Clinton visit revive Tougaloo College?-http://www.cnn.com/2003/EDUCATION/05/14/tougaloo.college.ap/

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Posted: 11:29 AM EDT (1529 GMT)

Tougaloo College president Beverly Hogan

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Tucked behind a Target store on 500 acres of shaded grounds, little Tougaloo College has survived for 134 years in a relatively obscure corner of academia.

While beloved by its 800-member student body and a hardcore group of dedicated alumni, Tougaloo has struggled with declining enrollment and a chronic funding shortage.

But Tougaloo President Beverly Hogan and other backers of the school are hoping a commencement address from former President Bill Clinton on Sunday and a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus will bring the troubled campus some positive attention.

Clinton, one of the world's most sought-after speakers and arguably the highest paid, isn't charging Tougaloo a fee. While Hogan is grateful and honored by the gesture, she said she wants more.

"I'm hoping that Tougaloo College becomes part of the things he thinks about," said Hogan, who met Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas and she directed Mississippi's Office of Federal State Programs. "I won't let him forget Tougaloo."

Though it produces doctors, lawyers and teachers, Tougaloo never attracted the enrollment, money or prestige afforded such other black institutions as Howard University -- which has an endowment of more than $300 million and more than 10,000 students.

But Hogan, herself a Tougaloo alumna, and the chairman of Tougaloo's board of trustees, Leroy Walker Jr., believe a visit from a former president confers a seal of approval and a status from which Tougaloo can benefit.

"For a small black college, this will do volumes from the standpoint of public relations," said Walker, who owns 21 franchised McDonald's restaurants. "We are proud that President Clinton hasn't forgotten that these are the kinds of institutions that make a difference to regular people."

C.J. Lawrence, a graduating senior and student government association president who expects to meet the former president on Sunday, said Tougaloo students can relate to Clinton because he was in office in the 1990s.

"I was one election away from being able to vote for him," the 22-year-old said. "He's a president of our lifetime. We got to see him grow just as we grew." High hopes

Tougaloo is no stranger to high-profile visitors. Last year's commencement speaker was former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, a powerful Washington lawyer who drew a record crowd of 5,000. This year, Tougaloo sent out more than 10,000 graduation invitations.

The school will set out 7,000 chairs on the campus green. But since the ceremony is open to the public as well as alumni, school officials are bracing for thousands more to attend.

Workers have planted shrubs along the route Clinton may take when he arrives Sunday, and they plan to put up large banners welcoming him. Even Hogan's on-campus house has received a landscaping makeover.

"You see how it is right now -- it's calm and quiet," Tougaloo spokesman Chip Washington said as he walked across the campus last week. "But picture how it's going to be on May 18. Mass hysteria."

U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Tougaloo alumnus who helped bring the August 13 Democratic debate to the campus, said all the attention also could help turn the struggling college around.

"This is Tougaloo's time to shine, no doubt about it," he said.

50 posted on 05/19/2003 7:09:22 AM PDT by Helms (Californication Beyond California)
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