Then we were directed up a flight to see a movie about President Clinton, about ten minutes long, the story of his life, Clinton speaking to the camera for some of the movie. He talked about being raised by his extended family and how they taught him the values he took with him to the White House. [Here, I’ll refrain from the usual snark I might add because if I started now, the whole post would be snark!]
The couple in front of me had their dog along on the tour. I was shocked the Library would allow pets in that weren’t assist dogs. But I guess if you travel with your pet, you can’t leave him in the hot car. Still, I was surprised.
Our guide, Michael, was raised in Arkansas, lived in New York and California before deciding to return to Arkansas. He said his father or grandfather, I can’t remember which, lived in Hope, so I suspect his connection to the Clinton Family is from that. All the guides are volunteers, a lovely bunch, all very helpful. Michael had a bit of an agenda, although he said at least a half dozen times, I’m not going to being partisan, then he’d say something incredibly partisan!!! It was actually comical.
Much of Michael’s spiel was about Clinton being strong on globalization, NAFTA his major claim to fame legislation. But there was a large section on the Economy during the Clinton years.
The third floor included exhibits of gifts to the President and First Lady, a Dale Chihuly chandelier, that here is only a portion of the larger actual chandelier.
The recreated Oval Office was last on the tour. No photos allowed standing in the room because there was a professional photographer who took your photo sitting at the President’s desk. We opted out of paying for that privilege.
Our non-partisan partisan guide snarled at Trump using these curtains early on when he moved into the WH but not attributing them to Clinton. It was that level of commentary from our guide that gave him a 1 out of 10.
The building itself is quite attractive in its setting but no display or exhibit on the architect. The top floor is an apartment that Bill uses when he’s in town. Needless to say we weren’t allowed up here!!
There’s also a building on the grounds that was a former rail station, now housing the Clinton School of Public Service. We did not go inside. The buildig is amazingly detailed and nicely juxtaposed next to the very modern Library.
I was underwhelmed by the Library, nothing to do with Clinton himself, I just thought the displays and exhibits were meh. Visually unappealing to my eye. But now it’s off the bucket list. I can say yes, I’ve been to the Clinton Library. One has to wonder had Hillary won, would this become the Bill and Hillary Presidential Library or would she erect one of her own in Illinois or New York? Thankfully, we needn’t worry about that!!!