Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Pass The Hat For Slick Willie

Here's your chance to donate to a statue of Bill Clinton.

Gag alert: Do not press the "read more" button if your stomach is a bit queasy.

A group of Kosovo Albanians appealed Tuesday for donations after they ran out of money to build a statue of former US president Bill Clinton.

"With this act we will express sympathy, love and respect to president Clinton," Agim Rexhepi, head of the Friends of America association, told reporters.

The three-metre (10-foot) tall monument is still under construction in a studio in the city of Podujevo, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the Kosovan capital Pristina.

"The main work that remained unfinished is casting the statue in bronze. It can only be done outside of Kosovo," said sculptor Izeir Mustafa.

According to Mustafa's estimates, the work to sculpt the statue and cast it in bronze would cost between 60,000 and 70,000 euros (85,000 and 100,00 dollars).

Pristina already has a Bill Clinton Boulevard, which is graced by a 7.5-metre (25 feet) high mural of the former US leader.

Clinton is admired among Kosovo's ethnic Albanians for his support of their struggle to separate from Serbia.

The project to erect a statue in his honour on one of the squares along the thoroughfare was approved by local authorities earlier this year.

Somehow I expect that, if necessary, a donation will come from Bill Clinton.

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