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May 13, 2008

Bill Clinton claims not to remember 1992 campaign encounter with Jacki Rickert

Posted by Gary Storck
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Last February Ben Masel and I picketed an appearance by former president Bill Clinton at the University of Wisconsin Stock Pavilion click here. We were there to remind Mr. Clinton, who was there to campaign for his wife Hillary, of a 15 and half year old promise he made to our friend Jacki Rickert during a campaign appearance in Osseo WI in 1992, shortly before the election. Today is Jacki’s birthday, so I thought it would be a good day to share this update.

16 years later, Bill Clinton finally gets asked, “Where’s Jacki’s Medicine?”

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday, February 14, 2008

I was on the phone with Jacki right after it happened. Ben Masel and I had been standing across the street from the Stock Pavilion on the University of Wisconsin campus, waiting in the cold for the arrival of former president Bill Clinton. We were there today, holding signs that read, “Where’s Jacki’s Medicine?,” attempting to remind Mr. Clinton that as a candidate for president in 1992, he had met with Jacki Rickert at a campaign stop in Osseo, WI, and promised her he would make right the bureaucratic nightmare that had been holding up the delivery of the federal medical marijuana supplies that her doctor had gained approval for her to use.

Finally, there was a burst of activity as numerous cars pulled up. Ben noticed Bill Clinton exiting from a vehicle just inside a garage door across the street from our position. We waved our signs and shouted, “Where’s Jacki’s Medicine?” He was across the street maybe 40 yards tops and as Ben noted, “made eye contact.” He could then be seen talking to state Democratic Party chair Joe Wineke, who Ben had explained the Jacki Rickert story to when we came across him on Sept. 18, 2007, as the “Quest for Justice” last mile wheelchair march up State St. reached the Capitol for a press conference announcing the introduction of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (AB 550). Click here to read entire post.

Ben ran into Joe Wineke not too long ago and posted this report on Daily Kos: Click here.

WI Dem Chair Joe Wineke, who was escorting Bill, recently told me Bill had asked the meaning of the sign. Joe, who'd met Jacki at the ceremony marking the introduction of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act in the State Legislature click here, recounted the 1992 encounter for him. Bill denied remembering his 1992 meeting.

Ben's post was followed by this post:

Interesting considering that Clinton is said to remember every meeting with everybody. When I met him the second time, well into his first term, he certainly remembered the first time he and I met, in 1986, at the home of Stanley Sheinbaum, where Robert Scheer spoke about the end of the Cold War and Bill followed a young woman around like a bloodhound for half an hour. by Meteor Blades on Wed May 07, 2008 at 11:03:09 PM PDT

I guess if I promised a very sick woman I'd see to it that she got her medicine if I were elected president and then failed to do so in my eight years in office, I'd be so ashamed and embarassed that I'd claim not to remember too.

Posted by Gary at May 13, 2008 04:20 PM

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