SPEAKER: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
BUSH: President Clinton, Senator Clinton, President Carter and Mrs. Carter, President Bush and mother...
... Governor and Mrs. Huckabee, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:
Laura and I are really pleased to be a part of this happy and historic occasion. On this day of dedication, we honor the man from Hope, Arkansas, who became the 42nd president of the United States.
Mr. President, congratulations.
This president library chronicles a vivid era in American history for the benefit of future generations. It will contribute to the vitality of this fine city and to the great state of Arkansas.
Collections here record the dedication and hard work of thousands who brought talent and idealism to public service. And at the center of that era, at the head of that administration was an able and energetic American.
President Bill Clinton led our country with optimism and a great affection for the American people. And that affection has been returned. He gave all to his job, and the nation gave him two terms.
In the early 1990s, the American people saw a young, well-spoken, relatively unknown governor rise to national prominence, yet for decades here in Arkansas the signs of destiny were clear.
"When young William entered a new school in the fourth grade," a classmate recalls, "he didn't mean to, but he just took the place over."
BUSH: When Governor Clinton declared his candidacy of president in this city, his close friends were not surprised in the least. They had always known that Bill Clinton's moment in history would come.