Former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush will be appearing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 29 for a moderated “conversation” that is expected to last about two hours.
Previously I had chided Calgary for hosting Bush in that most American of cities, Calgary aka “Dallas North.”
Who in their right mind would attend such a boring snorefest, Bush’s apologia for his his disastrous presidency. Never underestimate the sweet seductiveness of celebrity in the lives of people who have little confidence in their own worth and inegrity.
There were reports that Bush received as much as US $162,000 for his March appearance in Calgary, and Bill Clinton earned US $31 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2005, a figure disclosed in the Senate ethics reports of his wife, now-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In an appearance on the Charlie Rose show former RFK speech writer Richard Goodwin summed up a growing consensus of Clinton’s presidency: A time squandered by a narcissist with abundant intellectual gifts.
The Romans had a great expression which seems to fit Clinton:”Corruptio optimi pessima est.” The Corruptiopn of the best is the worst.
And now he joins the hapless Bush in their continual sullying of the office of the presidency.
And in Toronto, no less.
O tempora, o mores!