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No matter your political persuasion or party affiliation, anyone should be able to appreciate a visit to The William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The story and journey of a little boy from a small town in Arkansas, Hope, who's father dies before he is born but nonetheless he becomes The President Of The United States is impressive.

For me, William J. Clinton's rise to become one of the most important men in the world is reflective of one of the great things I love about this country, my second birthplace. It is a land of opportunity for anyone to succeed if one has the courage and fortitude to take advantage of what is offered.

Raised by his mother and nurtured by his grandparents, Bill Clinton overcame many obstacles and challenges to become not only one of the youngest governor's ever to win (and lose an election) but to also serve two terms as President. Some even believe that if it were constitutionally possible, Clinton may have even serve three or four terms.

Did you know that the first Presidential vehicle used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt was one seized from the famous gangster, Al Capone? Or that today Presidential limousines are proudly built in Warren, Michigan.

Also, did you know that after World War II President Truman redesigned The Presidential Seal? Originally, the eagle faced the talon holding the arrows of war, now it faces the olive branch. Truman believed that the President, although prepared for war, should always look towards peace.

While this is President Clinton's library, it is not all about him. Here, I have learned more about the First Lady, life at the White House and the Office of The Presidency itself. There is also currently even an impressive Lego exhibition. I did not know so many things could be made from such small colorful plastic pieces.

Done with my afternoon tour of the library, I walk back into downtown Little Rock just in time for Happy Hour. Sliders with a side order of Pickles & Peppers along with a pint or two or three of a cold micro brew hits the spot at Big Whiskey's.

Although this is no McDonalds, I have a feeling someone from Hope, Arkansas just might like hanging out here. I hope he brings his saxophone.


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