“Shred of Decency” Discovered in Clinton’s Boyhood Home

Friday, November 10th, 2000

Published 17 years ago -


By Dan Geddes

HOPE, ARKANSAS. Researchers for the future William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library yesterday visited Clinton’s boyhood home in Hope, Arkansas where they claimed to have found a “shred of decency” in the President’s boyhood bedroom.

The “shred,” a fragment from an apparently sincere apology note written by Clinton in 1956 to a fellow 5th grader named Jeanette, expressed the boy’s “deepest apology” for spilling ink on her new dress.

The unsent “shred” will occupy a central position in a future exhibit on “Clinton’s Moral Leadership” at the Presidential Library.


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