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Osama & Bull Connor & Monica

Very Clinton performance last night receiving a civil-rights award in Memphis:

“Clinton, Smith share award stage

Rightful recipients

Former president Bill Clinton compared Muslim terrorism on U.S. soil with the 1960 brutality of Birmingham police chief Bull Connor against civil rights marchers.

`These people who killed all of these Americans thought they had the whole story,’ Clinton told his audience as he accepted an annual Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.

Former Memphis NAACP executive secretary Maxine Smith also received a Freedom Award as heroine of the Memphis civil rights movement…. Following her to the podium, Clinton said that as he watched an introductory video of Smith he couldn’t help but think as he saw her at age 21, `My God, you’re good-looking.’

As the audience laughed, Clinton was ready with a winking comeback related to his national apology after the Monica Lewinsky scandal:

`I did it. I confess,’ said Clinton, inspiring a bigger round of laughter.”

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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