Blacks Can’t Accept Clinton’s Apology if He Denies He’s Apologizing

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According to CNN, Bubba is barn storming black churches to apologize for his…’misunderstood’ comments while campaigning for his wife.

Two prominent African-American politicians plan to join former President Bill Clinton on a tour of black churches this Sunday in Los Angeles. Sources say one of the officials has described it as Clinton’s “mea culpa tour” to the black community.

But that, apparently, depends on what the meaning of ‘apologize’ ‘is’:

A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign in California confirms the former president will be visiting African-American churches this Sunday, but disputes the notion the stops are intended to make amends with the black community before the state’s voters head to the polls this Tuesday.

“He’s very popular with Latinos, African-Americans, it’s absolutely not a mea culpa tour,” says Clinton California spokesperson Luis Vizcaino.

Oh dear. Here we go again. Bill can neither confirm nor deny that he’s apologizing. Until he figures out which one will produce the desired results.

If he’s going to hit the pews of black churches tomorrow, why aren’t the “two black politicians” to accompany him named? Can it be that no one has volunteered yet and the winning chits haven’t been called in?

Update: According to the Washington Post, Rep. Diane Watson, (D-CA) will be one of his detention hall monitors. Every other black official in California must be screening calls with a vengeance. Check out how hard she works to keep from using the word ‘apology.’

Watson has assigned Clinton to write a letter to each congregation they’ll visit on Sunday “explaining his commitment to civil rights and equal rights.” She says the letter “is in development” but that “he knows what needs to be in it: He needs to renew his relationship with the South Central community.”

Code words much?

Let’s see if even one of the most ruthless competitors in the history of modern politics can pull this one out. Maybe Bart Simpson can take a line from Clinton’s “I’ve been a bad, bad black President” letter to write on the black board in a future Simpsons opening sequence.

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