Big Dog at the Bushnell|
By Lori R. Price
[Ed. Note: Ms. Price is a Master Control operator and
video technician at ESPN in Bristol, CT]
I was thrilled to be able to attend, "An Evening with Former [and last
elected] President Bill Clinton," Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at The Bushnell
Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT. According to the
program, "all proceeds to benefit Hebrew Home and Hospital."
I arrived over an hour early, expecting to face long lines for security
checks. On my way there, I actually felt that would be the one
"positive" aspect of Ashcroft's police-state - that Bill and Hillary
Clinton would be safe whenever they make public appearances. Guess what?
Not a SINGLE SECURITY PAUSE or CHECK FROM HOMELAND
SECURITY! No camera bags/purses checked, no wands for
weapons-searches, no display of ID.
I digress: We spend ten extra minutes at camp ESPN every day just to
get through the Security checkpoints, even when folks step out for a
cigarette and re-enter the building minutes later! On-premises
vehicles checked for ESPN parking tags, names cross-checked off a
"master list," mandatory display of color-coded IDs at all times! But,
necessary security for President Bill Clinton? NONE!
This is not my anti-Ashcroft viewpoint coloring reality. Two people
behind me, as we prepared to give our tickets to the ushers, observed,
"I can't believe there is no security here." I turned, and, never to
resist a political moment, uttered, "Yes, you would think in Ashcroft's fascist
police-state, there would be some security here." They both LOLed!
The Bushnell was just renovated - and it is gorgeous performing arts
center. I enjoyed being able to participate in a standing ovation for
Bill Clinton! BTW, he looked great, and although his voice sounded a little
raspy (allergies?) he sounded great to me, too!!! Bill Clinton's last
visit to the Bushnell was in October, 1996, when he debated Bob
After the thunderous applause subsided, Bill Clinton talked about the
beneficial deeds of Hebrew Home and Hospital, then moved on to the
events of Sept. 11th and the bombings in Haifa on Dec. 2nd. He
recalled the list of terrorist threats that his Administration prevented,
and added that he attempted to close the money laundering loopholes
that allowed terrorists to flourish, but congress defeated that proposal.
Bill Clinton then expressed his wishes that he hoped the anti-money
laundering bill would pass congress at this point.
The audience was politically astute. When Big Dog expressed that
the U.S. would be victorious in Afghanistan (I think he is obliged to
say that - the now-rightwing Hartford Courant already trashed him in this
morning's edition and Big Dog hadn't even appeared yet) he received
only a polite round of applause. Next, Bill Clinton listed ways that we
could avoid going to war in the future - funding education, health
care, and helping the environment in this country and abroad. He supplied
details on how this was much cheaper, in terms of both saving money
and human suffering - than funding a war. The audience applauded
wildly when he discussed ways in which the United States could
prevent terrorism and war. He noted that there would be 100 million
cases of AIDS in a few years, which would take a tremendous
economic toll on this country, in addition to human suffering world-
The most applause Big Dog received was after he declared that he
worked for a Mid-East peace plan on "the last day I was in office."
Huge outburst of applause, as the entire audience knows that Bu$h,
the Idiot Usurper, is marching us right into WWIII. His second-largest
burst of applause in the speech occurred when Bill Clinton talked
about global warming and how this country needs to take a leadership
role in protecting and saving the global environment.
Bill Clinton remarked that when he assumed office in 1993, there were
fifty sites on the World Wide Web. He noted, there are now 350 million
websites! He mentioned a Peruvian economist's view and Nano-Technology that will benefit
I digress, again: What a pleasure to listen to Bill Clinton. Think
about what we have to endure day after day: The Idiot Usurper, Ari
Fleischer, and Ashcroft. I really don't know how much more I can take.
Why don't they just repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment? Geeze,
they've revoked every other Amendment! Bill of Rights –
out the door with the Calico cats! (Referring to John Ashcroft's remark that
Calico cats are the work of the devil). Reminder to keep sending your photos
of Calico cats to Ashcroft in Washington - new symbol of the
A moderator asked him a few questions at the end - no questions from
the audience. He was asked about what influence his mother had on
him? He said he was made to feel loved unconditionally, and told to
never quit anything he undertook. Bill Clinton made the entire
audience laugh when he noted that he thought about "quitting" a few
He was asked - where he would be in ten or twenty years? Big Dog
said, after he paid a few bills - more laughter from the audience as we
knew he meant legal bills - he and Hillary would devote 100 per cent
of their time to public service. Audience erupted in absolute joy! Bill
Clinton stated that he wants to "give back," as he has benefited from
the experiences of being President for two terms.
The last question asked - with who would Bill Clinton like to play
golf? He mentioned the founder of the game from 100 years ago - "just to
see how the game was played one-hundred years ago." He also
mentioned Babe Didrikson Zaharias (audience applause,) Tiger
Woods, a couple of others - and Greg Norman, "because he likes to humiliate
me." Lots of audience laughter.
After a second standing ovation, accompanied by sustained applause,
we departed down a crowded staircase. I said out loud, for the few
folks near me to hear: "OK, we went from discussions on Peruvian
economists and Nano-Technology to 'you people misunderestimate
[sic] me!'" Laughter erupts nearby.
I chatted with a woman at the bottom of the stairs, who expressed
appreciation of my commentary. I added, "Yeah, September 11th.
FEMA was in New York on September 10th. You tell me."
A serious expression overtook her smile, and she said, "What?"
"I mean... They knew..."
She turned to her friend, "Did you hear what she said? Tell her what
you just said." I repeated the sentence, and explained about Bu$h's
father's ties to the Carlyle Group and bin Laden. They were not aware
of this information as the mainstream media fails to report these news
Another person noted that we're going to be stuck with Bu$h for
I added, "Yes, as there will be no elections, due to 'circumstances
beyond our control,' " at least that is what "they" will tell us...
Sigh... Temagami, Canada - you're lookin' better every day...