No matter what people say about former-president Bill Clinton, it cannot be denied that he has been, at times, great entertainment value. He has done and said some crazy things - think saxophone, cigars, "that depends on what your definition of 'is,' is," and "I didn't inhale." He has also done some pretty amazing things - think job creation, economic growth, fiscal year 2000 surplus of $237 billion, and negotiating release of American journalists in Korea.
No matter what he has done or will do, it is likely that the public will remain split on their opinions of him. And, there is no doubt that a comment he made Sunday night while supporting a Maine democratic gubernatorial candidate, Libby Mitchell, will amuse some people and disgust others.
According to a report on The Maine Public Broadcasting Network Web site, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, President Clinton said of Paul LePage, a republican contender for the governor's seat, "'So look at her opponent: His education program is to teach creationism,' he said. 'This is a sham, this has nothing to do with anything except stirring people up. It's not going to create any jobs, it's not going to train people for jobs, it's just going to keep people stirred up.'"
I, for one, am amused that President Clinton called LePage out on this (even though it may be a feather in LePage's cap as far as some people are concerned). But, in light of how seriously screwed up our education system is, and the current focus on it, it is important that people be reminded how out of focus certain would-be lawmakers views are on the education system of the U.S. And, LePage certainly falls into that category (along with a couple of other republican candidates).
Back on May 27, 2010, during a televised debate, the candidates were asked to respond to the following question: "Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?” He responded, "I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have the better person you are and I believe yes and yes.”