Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bill Clinton's legacy dies a little more...

William J. Clinton did a lot of things while he was president. Like every president, some were positive; others...not so much.

Today, we learned that two of his "legacies" have died.

The first: Marc Rich, the former fugitive oil trader and founder of the commodities trading giant Glencore International, died on Wednesday in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was 78. Rich, who often operated his "businesses" in the shadows (including "buy[ing] oil from Iran after the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution despite American sanctions against the country") was pardoned by Clinton "on his last day in office in early 2001. The pardon brought the oil trader back into the headlines after it was revealed that Mr. Rich’s former wife, Denise Eisenberg, had given [significant] donations to the Democratic Party in 2000, according to official records."

The second: the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which Clinton had signed into law, was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court (5-4 decision). In a statement issued jointly with his wife, Hillary, there was no mention of the role Mr. Clinton played in making DOMA the law of the land. "By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union," the couple said in the statement. "

Bill Clinton signing the Defense of Marriage Act into law.  

Two big hits like that in one day? Ya gotta feel for Bill...

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