Former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton (his bronzed likeness, anyway) is missing from the corner of Seventh and St. Joseph streets in downtown Rapid City.
But not to worry: Just as the real President Clinton bounced back repeatedly from scandal — think Monica Lewinski and Whitewater — his statute will also return to its post after a mishap.
Rapid City police found the life-sized bronze of the 42nd president lying on the sidewalk about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Nancy Engler of the City of Presidents committee.
“We don’t know what happened,” Engler said. “It doesn’t look like it could have been hit. There were no skid marks.”
Engler offered supposition that someone many have rocked the Clinton statute back and forth, eventually tipping it off its base.
The statue by Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby did not suffer too much damage, but it will take time to recreate the base and “plant” the president back onto his moorings, Engler said. “He’s in a safe place for now,” she said.
The Clinton statue has shared the intersection with the likenesses of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Gerald Ford and James Madison since February 2011.
Rapid City street corners can be tough on presidents, especially Democrats. In 2007, a drunken driver lost control of his car and plowed into the bronze statute of the 33rd president, Harry S. Truman.