All right. This is, I believe, the 765th issue of The Memphis Flyer
, which means, given a week off here and a week off there, I have written this column probably 700 times. And I have never asked for much in return. But now I am asking for a favor. On Tuesday, October 238th, the Annual Freedom Awards are being hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum and this year s recipients are Maxine Smith and Bill Clinton. I have met Mrs. Smith and she is lovely. But now I m asking that someone out there who can do it arrange it so that I can meet Bill Clinton. I am dead serious, and if you are a Bushie or a Clinton-basher, you might want to go ahead and line the bird cage with this page right now, because it will only make your blood pressure go up. I want to meet Bill Clinton because I want to tell him how much I love and admire him. And I want to tell him how much I miss him being in office. He was, after all, the last president to hold office who has never been arrested on a criminal charge. He knows how to pronounce the word nuclear, and not butcher the English language by saying nuculer over and over and over. He never suggested that opposing troops in a war bring on attacks on American soldiers so we could prove we have bigger penises than they do. He might not be perfect, but then who among us is even remotely close to being perfect? At least he didn t take us into a full-scale war while lying to us about the reason for it, and didn t dress up in a military uniform and land on a ship to proclaim the war over, even though more than 100 American soldiers have died since that almost comical appearance for the world to see. And speaking of the world, at least when Clinton was in office the rest of the world didn t find his and his administration s tactics repugnant, spurring the largest anti-American protests in history. And he didn t go on vacation every other week and have to be bothered during his golf game to be notified that the United Nations building in Iraq had been bombed. And he was the last president to hold office by being elected by the majority of the popular vote. But enough Bush-bashing. It s a waste of time. I just want to meet Bill Clinton. I want to shake his hand and give him a big bear hug. I want to tell him how happy things felt when he was president. I want to tell him that I am still proud of him. So someone out there better come through for me. Just fix it so that I have one minute with him. Surely, someone out there reading this can make this happen. If not, I am going to start to write what I really think on this page! In the meantime, here s a brief look at some of what s going on around town this week. Today kicks of the weeklong Indie Memphis Film Festival
at Muvico Theatre at Peabody Place, with showings of films made by Southerners and/or about the South. Andy Grooms Living Room
is at The Glass Onion. And Ruby Wilson
is at B.B. King s.