The ever-quotable Bill Clinton

bill in his undiesA reader draws our attention to the fruits of US blogger Steve Sailer’s trawling of the internet’s dustier, forgotten corners — in this instance a squib of a story from The Age citing Bill Clinton, then less a year out of the White House and turning a quick dollar on the international lecture circuit. One of his gigs was a closed-door meeting with 35 Australian business leaders in Melbourne.

“He discussed the immigration issue in Australia and he took a position on it,” said Tom Hogan, president of Vignette Corporation, host of the exclusive forum.

“The (former) president believes the world will be a better place if all borders are eliminated – from a trade perspective, from the viewpoint of economic development and in welcoming (the free movement of) people from other cultures and countries,” Mr Hogan said.

Mr Clinton showed an understanding of the political problems Australia faced, but said he supported the ultimate wisdom of a borderless world for people and for trade.

He spoke for 45 minutes on topics ranging from the urgent need to combat AIDS to global economic issues. He spent another 45 minutes answering questions.

Mr Clinton said he believed the US was a better place for having opened its borders to a diversity of peoples and cultures…

Sailer notes the story was published on September 11, 2001, and adds: “Ten hours after Clinton said this, 19 diverse guys from a different culture killed 3,000 Americans.”

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