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CRITICS TOAST END OF CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IN FAUX “FUNERAL”
Bozell To AP: “It’s Our Way of Celebrating the Fumigation of Washington”
Discuss End of Clinton Era
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001; 9:02 p.m. EST
Among all the goodbyes from
and for President Clinton, a good riddance was added to the mix Thursday
collection of his critics gathered for a mirthful “funeral” for the
Clinton administration. They feasted on filet mignon, salmon and
scandals of the Clinton era.
as Clinton said farewell to the nation on TV, they sipped wine at their
$125-a-plate dinner and squeezed the last sour grapes from the past
our way of celebrating the fumigation of Washington,” said L. Brent
Bozell III, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative
media-watchdog group that brought the crowd together.
never seen a back I’ve found more attractive,” said Robert Bork,
meaning Clinton’s back when he leaves town. Bork, whose nomination to
the Supreme Court was scuttled by Democrats in 1987, served on the
event’s “funeral committee.”
500 conservatives crowded into a hotel for the affair, its theme of
death and dishonor captured in a play on words in the night’s slogan:
“Here Lies (over and over) the Clinton administration.”
lacerating humor was hardly in keeping with President-elect Bush’s
call for politics of unity, and it was a discordant note in a city
rising to welcome a new leader and play out its rites of democracy.
as Bozell saw it, conservatives have until Bush’s swearing-in Saturday
to let off steam.
have two days before we have to become compassionate,” he cracked. A
large video monitor showed unflattering pictures of Clinton, including
one in which he appeared to be behind bars.
Rev. Jerry Falwell, a social conservative activist and founder of the
now-defunct Moral Majority, gave the invocation, thanking God “a new
wind is blowing.”
that, Bozell offered a mock invocation, a takeoff on the
[23rd Psalm]. Concerning
Hillary Rodham Clinton, he said: “Her
socialist agenda got runneth over,” and the crowd roared.
Bob Barr, R-Ga., one of Clinton’s toughest critics in Congress, was
featured on the program, along with entertainer Pat Boone and a video
from comedian Jackie Mason.
Steve Forbes, former candidate for the Republican presidential
nomination, and literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, who encouraged Linda
Tripp to tape conversations she had with Monica Lewinsky about the
intern’s relationship with the president, were among those on the
fact that Mrs. Clinton is staying in Washington as a New York senator
seemed to upset no one. Bozell said in an interview she’s a useful
information on the Media Research Center or to schedule an interview with
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