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by baldilocks

Hillary Clinton’s lat­est attempts to pan­der to black vot­ers brought to mind some­thing I wrote thir­teen years ago about the prospec­tive First “Gen­tle­man.” The orig­i­nal title is Where Massa Clin­ton at?

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Here’s a copy of a let­ter I e-​mailed [in 2002] to Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press in response to her Sep­tem­ber 2002 edi­to­r­ial “Nobody’s Like Bill [Clin­ton, that is] — Let’s Get Him Back.”

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Ms. Riley:

As for cit­i­zen­ship (by birth) and alle­giance, I’m Amer­i­can. How­ever, as for eth­nic­ity, I’m half Kenyan. In the after­math of the two ter­ror­ist attacks on the US Embassies in Africa, I expected then-​President Clin­ton to hit hard and fast. After all, two sets of my peo­ple, Amer­i­can and Kenyan, had been bru­tally mur­dered and both coun­tries had been attacked. In addi­tion, thou­sands of Africans had been hor­ri­bly maimed: legs, arms, gen­i­tals, eyes, were sev­ered and these peo­ple had the prospect of hor­ri­bly maimed lives set before them.

And surely, since these weren’t the first ter­ror­ist attacks on the US/​US assets, I felt sure that this pres­i­dent would take mil­i­tary steps to ensure that any more prospec­tive ter­ror­ists would think twice before attack­ing the US in the future. I was sure that the so-​dubbed “First Black Pres­i­dent,” best friend to Ver­non Jor­dan, lover of black music, etc. would avenge the mur­ders of his Amer­i­can coun­try­men and his adopted African brethren. I was wrong.

But surely, he would go after the mas­ter­mind of these attacks and all the oth­ers, Osama bin Laden! Now I find out, from one of for­mer Pres­i­dent Clinton’s own offi­cials [sic], [Man­soor Ijaz] that bin Laden was offered to him on a sil­ver plat­ter by Sudan, and he refused to take him.

But surely, he would offer state-​of-​the-​art med­ical atten­tion and pen­sions to all of those Africans who lost liveli­hoods and aid to the fam­i­lies of the mur­dered. After all, these are our allies and the mur­dered and maimed were work­ing along­side or for the Amer­i­cans! Noth­ing from the “first Black Pres­i­dent” but sincere-​sounding words.

To para­phrase the words of King Solomon, pretty words hide a wicked heart. Or a cow­ardly one, for that mat­ter. This man knew all the right words to say to black Amer­i­cans. Knew all the fronts to put on. Knew all the frauds to per­pe­trate. And we bought the game, hook, line and sinker. But when push came to shove, he aban­doned all Amer­i­cans, black ones, white ones and all the other ones. He folded like the empty suit that he is.

It’s hard for most peo­ple to say that they’ve been wrong about a per­son or a sub­ject, and it took me some time to admit that I was wrong about William J. Clin­ton. But in the face of this man’s inac­tion or bad deci­sion mak­ing in the wake of the 1993 WTC attack, the Kho­bar Tow­ers attack, the Soma­lia deba­cle, The US Embassy bomb­ings, the USS Cole bomb­ing and, yes the ter­ror­ist attacks of 9/​11/​01 – if OBL had been in cus­tody, the lat­ter would have been less likely to occur – I have no other choice but to say it again: I was wrong.

And so are you.

Cor­dially,

Juli­ette Ochieng

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BTW, I never got a response from Ms. Riley.

You’d think some peo­ple would have fig­ured this out by now. The res­i­dents of Harlem lament the scarcity of the “first black pres­i­dent” at his highly-​touted Harlem office. Appar­ently some are Clue­bat Immune. Piti­ful.

*Bones

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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HillaryDomino
Hillary celebrates “winning” a game of dominoes.

by baldilocks

Hillary Clinton’s latest attempts to pander to black voters brought to mind something I wrote thirteen years ago about the prospective First “Gentleman.” The original title is Where Massa Clinton at?

*****

Here’s a copy of a letter I e-mailed [in 2002] to Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press in response to her September 2002 editorial “Nobody’s Like Bill [Clinton, that is]—Let’s Get Him Back.”

*****

Ms. Riley:

As for citizenship (by birth) and allegiance, I’m American. However, as for ethnicity, I’m half Kenyan. In the aftermath of the two terrorist attacks on the US Embassies in Africa, I expected then-President Clinton to hit hard and fast. After all, two sets of my people, American and Kenyan, had been brutally murdered and both countries had been attacked. In addition, thousands of Africans had been horribly maimed: legs, arms, genitals, eyes, were severed and these people had the prospect of horribly maimed lives set before them.

And surely, since these weren’t the first terrorist attacks on the US/US assets, I felt sure that this president would take military steps to ensure that any more prospective terrorists would think twice before attacking the US in the future. I was sure that the so-dubbed “First Black President,” best friend to Vernon Jordan, lover of black music, etc. would avenge the murders of his American countrymen and his adopted African brethren. I was wrong.

But surely, he would go after the mastermind of these attacks and all the others, Osama bin Laden! Now I find out, from one of former President Clinton’s own officials [sic], [Mansoor Ijaz] that bin Laden was offered to him on a silver platter by Sudan, and he refused to take him.

But surely, he would offer state-of-the-art medical attention and pensions to all of those Africans who lost livelihoods and aid to the families of the murdered. After all, these are our allies and the murdered and maimed were working alongside or for the Americans! Nothing from the “first Black President” but sincere-sounding words.

To paraphrase the words of King Solomon, pretty words hide a wicked heart. Or a cowardly one, for that matter. This man knew all the right words to say to black Americans. Knew all the fronts to put on. Knew all the frauds to perpetrate. And we bought the game, hook, line and sinker. But when push came to shove, he abandoned all Americans, black ones, white ones and all the other ones. He folded like the empty suit that he is.

It’s hard for most people to say that they’ve been wrong about a person or a subject, and it took me some time to admit that I was wrong about William J. Clinton. But in the face of this man’s inaction or bad decision making in the wake of the 1993 WTC attack, the Khobar Towers attack, the Somalia debacle, The US Embassy bombings, the USS Cole bombing and, yes the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01–if OBL had been in custody, the latter would have been less likely to occur–I have no other choice but to say it again: I was wrong.

And so are you.

Cordially,

Juliette Ochieng

*****

BTW, I never got a response from Ms. Riley.

You’d think some people would have figured this out by now. The residents of Harlem lament the scarcity of the “first black president” at his highly-touted Harlem office. Apparently some are Cluebat Immune. Pitiful.

*Bones

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks