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In China, too, the autumn fascination with Clinton's troubles has
cooled. A few months ago, the Chinese appeared fascinated that
Americans expect their political leaders to at least try to adhere
to the law. Chinese would also often express amazement that a
U.S. political leader might be forced out of office by a
congressional vote, rather than a hidden political struggle.
Chinese magazines ran dozens of stories about Clinton's sex life.
Although officially banned as "pornography," a pirated version of
the Starr report found an avid market.
But those days are over. "Is that case still going on?" said Wang
Guoqiang, a bartender in the southern city of Shenzhen, as he
served an American a draft beer recently. "Didn't the Democrats
win something recently and the whole thing was finished?"
David Joseph Amukoye, a taxi driver waiting for a fare on Jomo
Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi's sun-splashed main street, asked: "Why
couldn't he just declare that he's marrying a second wife, so that
the case would be between him and the first wife instead of
between him and the public?"
Rueben Ondego concurred. "To me, an African, I don't see what
Clinton did was wrong. He did what a man can do. And the girl was
beautiful," he said.
"We regard Clinton as an African," put in Elias Kisia, a third
driver. "Pure African."
© 1998 Peter Langston