Touched by greatness
July 8, 2011
Bud Wilson and I had the great opportunity to meet the 42nd president of the United States of America, William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, on the corner of Mill Street and Hopkins Avenue right here in Aspen.
I approached him and introduced myself. “Mr. Clinton, my name is Hinton. Everyone calls me Clinton, I tell them Clinton is the president and Hinton is in the present.” In that moment I was blessed by his presence. We shook hands, he smiled and said, “I like that!”
Clinton was the first president who inspired me to vote. I would have voted for John F. Kennedy had I been old enough.
I voted for the 44th president, Barrack Hussein Obama II, and will vote for him again. In my opinion the Obama family’s presence in the White House is another great moment in history, validating the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation nearly 150 years ago, and affirming the promise of American ideals embedded in the Declaration of Independence 235 years ago.
We can now say, “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all” … all men are created equal. We can now move forward as one family.
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