Former President Bill Clinton came to Newport Coast yesterday to speak at a fundraiser for his wife Hillary’s campaign.Ã‚Â The speech was a combination “what America needs to do to right the ship” and “why Hillary is the best candidate to be president.”Ã‚Â The crowd was very enthusiastic and the questions from the audience that followed shows considerable concern from the Iranian-American community, well educated and pro-west, about what President Bush and Vice President Cheney have in store for Iran.
I had a couple of favorite momments from the speech.Ã‚Â President Clinton nearly welled up with tears after being stopped by a NYC firefighter who thanked him for the legislative work Hillary did to help get 9/11 first responders funding for treatment of the air they were briefing in the wake of the towers’ collapse.Ã‚Â Many first responders have a number of respiratory ailments.
My second moment is more personal.Ã‚Â I brought my daughter with me.Ã‚Â She’s 7.Ã‚Â And she shook the president’s hand just before we had our photo taken.Ã‚Â When it was my turn, I told President Clinton that his wife’s candidacy meansÃ‚Â that when I tell my daughter she can be anything she wants to be when she grows up, I’m not lying.Ã‚Â He said he appreciated that.Ã‚Â And an hour later, after his speech was over, I had a thristy girl on my hands.Ã‚Â And in trying to get to the bar for a bottle of water, I had to wait for President Clinton to finish shaking hands.Ã‚Â He saw me, and waved, and then said, “where is your daughter?” I pointed to Madison who was behind someone, and Bill Clinton came down the line and offered her his hand and said, “Thank you Madison for coming to see me.”Ã‚Â
I have video of the speech that I will be uploading to YouTube and this blog later.Ã‚Â My kingdom for a tripod.
No coverage from the OC Register, LA Times, or any MSM in SoCal on this?Ã‚Â What gives?