President Clinton statue takes a tumble

2012-11-22T19:00:00Z 2012-11-23T07:17:05Z President Clinton statue takes a tumbleJournal staff Rapid City Journal
November 22, 2012 7:00 pm  • 

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.

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  1. Frank Smith
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    Frank Smith - November 27, 2012 3:53 pm
    Oh and BTW, that's doesn't even really look like Clinton, does it? I mean, just look at it. How is that supposed to be Clinton?
  2. Frank Smith
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    Frank Smith - November 27, 2012 3:50 pm
    Countdown to when Wooster blindly attacks most of his readers for committing this horrendous unspeakable crime, and then Fleming comes racing to his rescue. Count with me: 3 ...2 ...1... Go...
  3. westside
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    westside - November 24, 2012 10:54 am
    No real news to report here. Please move along.
  4. jackwill
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    jackwill - November 23, 2012 11:42 pm
    Bodhisattva, you just don't get it do you? Since I used the term "censorship" I am to assume I am one of the people you claims whines. Correct? Didn't I say I don't like either party? That doesn't make me a Tea Party guy either. I am probably more of a true "liberal" than you and I don't need an errand boy of the rich to define my beliefs. Clinton, Bush, Blah, Blah, Blah. . .aren't they all the same? Really? Maybe you need to look outside the box. You're just being played like a cheap banjo. Clinton did a lot of good, I agree but jobs left the country, Wall Street did well and foreign policy never changed. We get the same errand boys, just different parties, different packaging but the same bosses. It divides and united we will never stand. Oh, another thing. I think few papers, schools, scientists and gov't is all that liberal. Maybe in name only or on a shirt sleeve. Dennis K from Ohio, Paul Wellstone, Ralph Nader: Does guys are liberals. Not any errand boys that live on Penn Ave.
  5. Potatoes Browning
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    Potatoes Browning - November 23, 2012 1:49 pm
    Leave it to the RCJ to use an act of vandalism to forward their right wing agenda. Pretty lame....
  6. Bodhisattva
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    Bodhisattva - November 23, 2012 11:08 am
    I caught that too, eifeldude. More of that darn liberal media bias I keep hearing people whine about. But when it's conservative-leaning, you can bet there won't be complaints. Then you get "free speech" and "censorship" arguments from the same group that constantly whines about how schools, the media, the government, scientists, etc., etc. are all liberal. The hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.
  7. jackwill
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    jackwill - November 23, 2012 10:08 am
    Always bothers me when people insist on censorship and curbing liberties because their feelings got bruised. We live in such a sensitive time. People for the sake of being politically correct are willing to give up the right to express themselves, and worse, expect others to as well. As someone who dislikes both major parties, I can ask, what was so offensive abouth these opening lines? Didn't both scandals happen? Unfortunately Whitewater was scary stuff but it was masked with the other less important Lewinski thing. He wasn't bad and he wasn't good. Scary he quotes Carroll Quigly, but lest we forget, we are talking about a statute here and not the real errand boy of the elite.
  8. Mitt_Rushmore
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    Mitt_Rushmore - November 23, 2012 9:44 am
    Oh relax. If you don't like Conservative propaganda, don't watch Fox News or read the Rapid City Journal. It's their paper, they can use it for their agenda. If you want a liberal spin on your news, start your own paper. I'm a Libertarian, and therefore I believe in people's right to say/print whatever they want. I read the Journal for entertainment. That's what it's good for. And I have to give them props for the headline on the story about the Truman statue in 2007, "Ford Defeats Truman." ...classic.
  9. Mumblety
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    Mumblety - November 23, 2012 9:31 am
    You can't say you expected the RC Journal to come up with anything better, can you? What good's a newspaper if they can't throw in a couple winks at conservative constituents?
  10. eifeldude
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    eifeldude - November 23, 2012 8:39 am
    "back repeatedly from scandal — think Monica Lewinski and Whitewater"

    As a Democrat, I take offense to the tone in which this article was written. It is obvious the writer is conservative Republican and that personal opinion crated the way it was wrote.

    In no way was "scandals" relevant to the article.
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