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Photo Flash: President and Hillary Clinton Attend LITTLE ROCK

The “Little Rock Nine” made history when on the first day of school, September 4, 1957, they were barred from attending Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, AR. Sixty one years later (September 4, 2018), former Governor and First Lady of Arkansas – President Clinton and Secretary Clinton – attended a performance of “Little Rock.”

Photo Flash: President and Hillary Clinton Attend LITTLE ROCK

The cast and company of “Little Rock� with President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Clinton Foundation hosts 25th anniversary event with Bill and Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton attend Clinton Foundation event in Little Rock, Arkansas celebrating 25 years since the 1992 presidential election victory. Saturday, November 18, 2017. (KATV)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) — Bill and Hillary Clinton returned to their humble political beginnings in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s presidential election victory and the 13th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center’s grand opening.

The event brought together Clinton’s campaign staff and the friends and family who played a role in the 1992 election.

Sheila Bronfam is a long-time friend of Bill Clinton and had a hand in creating the Arkansas Travelers more than 25 years ago. The Travelers were a group of roughly 600 campaign volunteers who toured the United States, urging people to vote for former President Clinton.

“It’s really, really humbling. Not many people ever get to know a president of the United States personally, so it’s a lot of fun,” Bronfam said. “He tends to keep his friends together. And so we like to do that and we’re happy to celebrate his legacy.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, relayed stories from their lives in public service to thousands in downtown Little Rock on Saturday evening, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton’s first presidential victory.

More than 3,000 people filled the Statehouse Convention Center to hear the Clintons conversation, moderated by James Carville, who ran Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 campaign.

The talk, part of the Frank and Kula Kumpuris distinguished lecture series, drew supporters and former staff members from the Clinton administration.

After watching a highlight reel of the 1992 campaign, Carville asked the Clintons to reflect on campaigning in New Hampshire during the 1992 presidential push, as Bill Clinton’s poll numbers quickly dropped.

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Here are a few memories.

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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton took the stage at the 10th Anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center today to discuss the progress of their No Ceilings initiative.

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Hillary began by explaining that the objective of  No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is to gather data to measure the progress of women and girls from the time of her speech in Beijing to the target date of 2016, the 20th anniversary of that speech.   She framed three questions:

  1. What was the agenda?
  2. What has been accomplished?
  3. What is left to do?

She noted that progress has been made extending elementary education and some secondary education to girls, more needs to be done to confront infant mortality, and a great deal must be done for women to be perceived as members of the formal labor force and to be included in the formal economy.  Identification of barriers to inclusion is essential.  Provision of child care so that women can fully participate in a transformed workplace is a goal.

Chelsea then explained that Beijing was a long time ago (“Don’t remind me!” Hillary added).  She stressed the role of technology and said that Facebook is the largest community of women in the world and that progress must be measured via data.

An example Chelsea offered is the impact of ebola.  She called it a caregivers’ disease which results in caregivers,  largely women, also contracting the disease and succumbing in high numbers, but a tangential effect, she pointed out, was the reduction in available women to perform midwife duties and care for newborns resulting in increased infant and maternal mortality.

Key to today’s discussion were questions of what works and what models are scalable and flexible enough to be modified as needed for different cultures and environments.

Hillary spoke about micro-loans and how that model has been successful in preventing dreams from “dying in bank parking lots,” as a young woman once told her.  Barriers here include husbands who want to control the assets once the women get the loans.

Guest speakers were local.  Annette Dove talked about “Changing Steps” which is meant to inspire and mentor young people from disadvantaged homes to reach higher education goals.  Dove spoke of an “imagination gap” that needs to be closed in such communities.

Pierre Ferrari spoke about Heifer, of which he is CEO and which provides livestock after training.  Chelsea mentioned that her late grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, gave her a heifer for Christmas every year,  Ferrari said the organization donates 1.5 million animals a year mostly to women who, he said, do 70% of the labor.  Training includes care of the animal (the asset)  and handling the profits.   Ferrari said 85% of the decisions are made by women and that data shows that once they have proven their economic skills in the home, the husbands of the women tend to support their participation in the larger economic community.

Hillary, at this point, mentioned the book Beatrice’s Goat, a true story for which she wrote the foreword.  Beatrice of the story went on to study in the U.S.,  interned for Hillary in her Senate office, and eventually got a master’s degree from the Clinton School in public policy.

Hillary also said that the barriers to women’s progress is often surprising.  Chelsea offered the recently reported forced sterilizations in India wherein the mothers-in-law are often the ones forcing the daughters-in-law to be sterilized after the requisite number of sons have been produced.   One cannot help but notice the proprietary role the mother-in-law takes in such a case coming right on the heels of the livestock discussion.  Daughters-in-law are not goats.

Anna Strong from Arkansas Children’s Hospital spoke of several programs offered through the hospital’s auspices including HIPPY (encouraging parents to begin teaching children at home), a health center run out of an elementary school, and an advocacy group for children and families.  Hillary added that HIPPY began in Israel during the wave of Ethiopian immigration.  As FLOAR Hillary had the founder visit Arkansas.

I lost the feed, and sadly did not get the name of the next excellent speaker who spoke of a single-parent scholarship fund model that began with two funds and has been replicated to 62 funds (eminently scalable).  She noted that the funds make a permanent dent in poverty and raise the overall education level in the state.

The key word for the day was, as I said earlier, scalability.  All of these programs can be replicated with necessary modifications.   The key, as Hillary, Chelsea, and other speakers emphasized is what works.  No single formula works everywhere.  Hillary stressed that policy decisions should be based on evidence that a program or policy works (or does not work) and not upon ideology.

The Q&A that followed consisted entirely of people’s own creative ideas and models that they wanted to share rather than questions.  Well, after all, it was a Clinton event and people are used to CGI formats where you bring forth your ideas and projects.

There was a moment.  and it was adorable.  We all know that in addition to this No Ceilings initiative, Chelsea and Hillary also have an anti elephant-trafficking effort and Too Small to Fail to encourage parents to help their pre-schoolers be ready for reading and numbers.  Part of that effort involves talking to babies and exposing them to words.  At one point, Chelsea, in response to a remark by Hillary,  referred to “what Grandma said.”   I don’t think she even knew she did it, and Hillary did not seem to notice either.  In case you wondered what title Hillary bears most proudly, it is, obviously,  the one by which her daughter now refers to her.  It is also clear  with whom Chelsea spends much of her time conversing lately.  Earlier, she had said she was “shameless in appreciation of her daughter and her mother.”  Yes, Chelsea, we see that!  We also agree!

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Here is an account of this and other 10th anniversary events thanks to Ruby Cramer who never fails to share!  Thank you, Ruby!

At Clinton Reunion, Hillary Talks About Past With An Eye To The Future

Most speakers at the Clinton reunion in Little Rock reminisced about the White House years. At her event here, Hillary Clinton talked about women’s issues, and how to move forward. “You’ve got to be willing to let go of what doesn’t work.”

posted on Nov. 15, 2014


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Performers Nick Jonas, Amost Lee, Court Yard Hounds, and Kool & the Gang will be featured at “Celebrate 10,” an intimate musical event on Saturday, November 15, 2014, with President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton that will honor the spirit of the Arkansas community through an unforgettable night of performances and conversation that will inspire all to give back. Kevin Spacey will serve as the evenings Master of Ceremonies.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
in partnership with the Arkansas Foodbank
Clinton Presidential Center, Pavilion
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR

Presented by Coca-Cola and held in partnership with the Arkansas Foodbank, the event encourages everyone to join the Clinton family – and special guests – to give back to the community. Held just before Thanksgiving, and with the goal of collecting food to feed hungry Arkansans through the holidays, this event will celebrate what we all can do, together, to build a better tomorrow – in Arkansas and around the world.

The event is free and open to the public, with attendees bringing canned and shelf-stable boxed food as tickets. For admission, please register in advance at https://www.clintonfoundation.org/celebrate10.

Free admission days:

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Clinton Center’s 10th anniversary with a FREE admission day at the Library. Take advantage of the opportunity to see the special exhibit, Chihuly, as well as all the permanent exhibits. Also available are FREE Acoustiguide audio tours narrated by President Clinton!

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The current FLOAR, Ginger Beebe, in lime green,  welcomed the past FLOAR to the Walmart in Little Rock today where folks lined up to have copies of Hard Choices signed by Hillary.  She clearly was happy to greet some old friends.

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Hillary submitted to a few local interviews while in Little Rock.

Web Extra: One-on-One Interview with Hillary Clinton

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Reporter David Goins spoke with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her ‘Hard Choices’ book signing Friday morning.

Clinton discusses her book and what it means to be back in Arkansas.



Hillary Clinton’s Full Interview

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 7:13 PM EST Updated: Jun 27, 2014 7:23 PM EST


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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service will host a dynamic panel on empowerment of women and girls. From women’s suffrage movement in America to the Arab Spring, countless exceptional women have redefined their role in the world on their own terms. Yet the reality for many girls and women is still stark: over 60 million girls still do not have access to primary education. The education and empowerment of girls and women is not only a moral issue—it is also a critical economic issue. The panel discussion will explore the people and projects that are working to empower women and girls.

Panelists include:
Penny Abeywadena, Head of Girls & Women, Associate Director, Commitments with the Clinton Global Initiative
Jimmie Briggs, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Man Up Campaign
Ruby Johnson, General Co-Coordinator, FRIDA/The Young Feminist Fund
Jerry Jones, Chief Ethics and Legal Officer, EVP, Acxiom
Sarah Kambou, President, International Center for Research on Women
Immaculee Kayitare, Clinton School of Public Service Class of 2014 student from Kigali, Rwanda
Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Walmart

When: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall

*Program is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required. Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239.

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This evening, at the Clinton Presidential Center, all three Clintons hosted a reception for Oscar de la Renta whose fashions have been on exhibit there since May 18.  Here are a few photos of part of the exhibit  and of the reception itself.  The exhibit runs until December 1.

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Here is a news  article with a video from Arkansas Online about the event.

Clintons, Oscar De La Renta unveil fashion exhibit in Little Rock

By David Harten


Patrons at the Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall watched a video from “Oscar De La Renta: American Icon” during the dedication of exhibit featuring dresses from the famous fashion designer on Monday night.

The Clinton family joined famed fashion designer Oscar De La Renta on Monday evening to formally open an exhibit of notable dresses and other clothing created by De La Renta himself at the Clinton Presidential Center.

The exhibit, which features a vast number of dresses that have been worn be first ladies such as Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan, as well as designs featured in various movies, fashion shows, events and on magazine covers, will be at the Clinton Center through December 1.

Several hundred patrons were on-hand for the presentation, including Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, along with De La Renta, who has been a close friend of the Clinton family for many years.

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Here is a brief video.

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This afternoon, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) dedicated the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center with a series of activities for kids that included Hillary herself reading to the kids and a petting event in cooperation with the Little Rock Zoo.   Here are some twitpics shared by the City of Little Rock.

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Here are a few articles from local news organizations.  The first, from Arkansas Online,  has a brief video.

Hillary Clinton visits new children’s library for dedication ceremony

By David Harten


Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Little Rock on Monday as the newest children’s library in Arkansas was dedicated in her honor.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library, which opened in March, was packed with more than a thousand patrons for the ceremony, including former President Bill Clinton.

While visiting the library, Hillary took a brief tour of the facility, read to a group of children and finished with a press conference, where she expressed her gratitude for the honor and for those who attended.

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Hillary Clinton reads as children’s library dedicated in her honor

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LIBRARY NAMESAKE: Hillary Clinton reads to the crowd gathered for the naming of the new childrens library in her honor.Brian Chilson LIBRARY NAMESAKE: Hillary Clinton reads to the crowd gathered for the naming of the new children’s library in her honor.

Hillary Rodham Clinton was front and center to read a children’s book when the new children’s branch of the Central Arkansas Library System was dedicated in her honor today. She read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” If they ever name a library for me, I’ll read “Hop on Pop.” (PS: I’m not counting on the opportunity.)

Big day for the Clinton family today. Mrs. Clinton will be joined by the former president and their daughter, Chelsea, at a reception tonight for the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center. Mr. Clinton is expected to attend a Human Rights Campaign reception at the Arkansas Arts Center with the HRC’s leader, Arkansas native Chad Griffin, who worked on Clinton’s staff and is the point man for a growing national movement to bring equality to gay people.

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Videos courtesy of Mom4Hill!

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The Clintons will continue to rock the City of Little Rock into this evening when Hillary will host a reception for her friend and favorite designer, Oscar de la Renta,  at the Clinton Presidential Center where an exhibition of his work has been on display since May 18.

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While in Little Rock on Monday for the dedication of the children’s library in her name, Hillary Clinton and family will stop by the Clinton Presidential Center where an exhibition of Oscar de la Renta’s designs has been running since May 18.  The Clintons will be hosting a reception in de la Renta’s honor at the center according to the New York Daily News.


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This original exhibit, curated especially for the Clinton Center, tells the story of the designer’s life, career, and impact on the fashion world through his original designs and features more than 30 of his iconic creations. This exhibit will trace de la Renta’s fashion evolution and inspiration from the Dominican Republic, Spain, France, and, finally, the United States. From both the red carpet and the runway, it features designs worn by Laura Bush, Jessica Chastain, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Reagan, and Taylor Swift. The dress that actress Carey Mulligan wore on the May 2013 issue of Vogue is also prominently featured. Couture pieces featured include evening ensembles from Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain.

Oscar de la Renta: American Icon

May 18 – December 1, 2013
This seminal fashion exhibition celebrates the world-renowned work and inspiring life of designer Oscar de la Renta. The exhibit will feature more than 30 of his iconic creations worn by leading arbiters of style, from First Ladies to Hollywood’s brightest stars.

In the 1960s, Dominican-born Oscar de la Renta moved to the United States, where he launched his signature ready-to-wear label and quickly became known as a leading figure in international fashion design. Oscar de la Renta’s award-winning career spans five decades and he continues to produce an exceptional body of work – a testament to his enduring creative vision.

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It is confirmed that the Little Rock Children’s Library will be named for Hillary Rodham Clinton with the dedication set for Monday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m.  Word is that this event is open to the public but reservations are necessary.  You may make reservations here.

Dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center.

Children’s programming begins at 1:30 p.m. with dedication to follow.

For security purposes, attendees must be registered in advance.  Registration is limited to 150 people. Each adult must be accompanied by at least one child.  Children must be ages 12 and under. Tickets are limited to 4 per registration.

For more information, call 978-3870.

Reportedly, Hillary will be there!

Hillary Clinton to attend dedication of children’s library named after her

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published today at 3:38 p.m. Updated today at 4:01 p.m.

Hillary Clinton will attend a dedication ceremony set next week for the formal naming of Little Rock’s new children’s library after her.

The Central Arkansas Library System says the public is also invited to attend the dedication of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center at 1:30 p.m., though advance registration is required.

The library board voted unanimously last week to seek Clinton’s permission to rename the library after her, recognizing her work as Arkansas First Lady supporting children’s programs.

“She happily accepted it,” CALS Director Bobby Roberts said, noting she also agreed to attend the program. “And we are delighted that she did.”

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Reminder: The following day Hillary will attend a Women in Public Service Event at Bryn Mawr, part of an a cooperative initiative between the State Department and the Seven Sisters that she launched as Secretary of State.

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