The Oscars always seem to be behind the times. Why, for instance, wasn't Kathleen Willey in the running for best actress?

- Ghana, Mr. Clinton's first stop in Africa, is not quite as big as Oregon. And after El Nino, from what we hear, neither is Oregon.- "Growing economies are fueling a transformation in Africa," the president says. Same in the U.S. - from citizens of moral outrage to folk who don't care.

- When a crowd in Ghana surged toward him, Mr. Clinton yelled, "Back up! Back up!" But he was ready, having practiced the line on Ken Starr.

- "Every day and every individual is a precious opportunity," Mr. Clinton said on his Africa trip. At least that's Madison Avenue's theory.

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