Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thank You, President Clinton!

Fifteen years ago, the little city of Grand Forks, ND, was overwhelmed by a massive flood, and then, as the city evacuated, saw its downtown devastated further by raging fire. My family first fled west, and then we made our way south to stay with my brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Barb, in Texas. While we were gone, then President Bill Clinton came to our town and promised aid and support. It was a very different world back then, with the belief that the role of government is to help people when they cannot help themselves, and that it is in the country's best interest to do so. We were not the victims of Katrina; we got the help we needed to build a thriving community.

Today, Bill Clinton came back to Grand Forks and toured the town, to see the outcome of his efforts, and to endorse the nomination of our hopefully future senator, Heidi Heitcamp.

I don't know if any of you have had the opportunity to hear Bill Clinton speak recently, but he continues to be as articulate and brilliant as ever!

I'm sure you can tell that I count myself as one of his fans. I'm especially impressed by his humanitarian efforts around the world, efforts to combat Aids, and efforts to mitigate violence against women. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, go!


Ute said...

What an excellent speech he made! I'm glad we got to see him.

Barb said...

I wish I could have been there.

My 365 Project said...

Good story telling pictures.

Maria said...

I'm a huge fan of President Clinton - and of Hillary Clinton as well! So nice you got to see him!