Clintons celebrate big anniversary
October 1st, 2011
02:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Clintons celebrate big anniversary

(CNN) - In 2011, Bill and Hillary Clinton are both busy professionals - he developing plans to reduce America's unemployment rate at the Clinton Global Initiative, and she leading American diplomacy as secretary of state.

This weekend, the Clintons will look back two decades to a day when they first came to the attention of most Americans.

The couple is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's presidential bid this weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, alongside more than a thousand members of Clinton's presidential and gubernatorial administrations. Clinton announced he was running for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination on October 3, 1991 at the Old State House in Little Rock.

Among the notables at the event are Clinton's former chief of staff John Podesta, senior adviser Bill Galston, communications director Don Baer and Clinton adviser and CNN contributor James Carville.

The events, organized by the Clinton Presidential Center, began Friday with a bridge dedication and a film screening. On Saturday, Bill and Hillary Clinton will host an outdoor celebration at the Old State House in Little Rock.

On Monday, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will host a panel revealing some "behind-the-scenes" details of the announcement. Panelists include former chief of staff Mack McLarty, consultant Bev Lindsey and former Arkansas state treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher.

Clinton's campaign in 1992 featured some memorable moments, including the time the future president played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone in an appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show," and the time he told voters at a candidate forum that he had tried smoking marijuana, but "didn't inhale it."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. patricia

    This is so cool. I voted for him. Things were good under his presidency.

    October 1, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Congratulations and thank you former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for your service to this country!

    October 1, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. yu

    Good guy

    October 1, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa

    Just wondering which disaster in American History they were celebrating ?
    The one in which he instructed Jamie Gorelick to Iissue her Instructions on Separation of Certain Foreign Counterintelligence and Criminal Investigations that prohibited intel sharing between agencies. Or is it the anivarsary in which he arranged to have Jamie Gorelick appointed the Vice Chairman of Fannie Mae in 1997 ?

    October 1, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. lynn

    And 20 years after the GWB administration we will all look back and weep, in fact the weeping started when the Supreme Court elected him for his 2nd term..

    October 1, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Bob in Pa

    Billary is solely responsihble for so much pain and destruction in this World.
    His administration could have taken Bin Laden into custody when the Saudis offered him up. His administration could have kept the doors open between inteeligence agencies. His administration could have kept their nose out of the mortgage industry,

    Just think no 9-11 and no mortgage banking collapse. The media needs to stop painting these criminals in such pretty light.

    October 1, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Thirty years of GOP class warfare ~ and here we are.

    Clinton is loved around the world for all the good things he did in office and all the many good things he has done after he left office.
    What ever happended to the guy who came after him......Shrub, Bub, Dub, GW........something about a bush??

    October 1, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |