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Clinton Says Good-bye in SeacoastNH
January 11, 2001
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We got the worst seat in the house and took the worst pictures, but it was an historic moment all the same. We've long contended that SeacoastNH is the center of the universe, and outgoing President Bill Clinton said as much today. With nine days left in his eight-year term, Clinton returned to Dover, NH to thank residents for supporting him in his underdog race during the 1992 New Hampshire primary.
Protesting was mild as was the NH weather for the lame duck chief executive, and one NH group even sponsored a Thank You banner for Clinton's recent legislation to preserve NH and nation forests. After a thorough security check, we discovered that red ticket holders would only be allowed to view the president's speech on a TV screen while the real show went on next door in the gym. In a rousing farewell, looking robust and youthful even on crappy video, the president recalled his promise to stay in the race "until the last dog dies." He says he kept a painting of himself in Portsmouth NH at the Oval Office for eight years as a reminder of his ability to survive the toughest times as "The Comeback Kid." Clinton placed second in the NH primary after being counted out of the race, and his showing among Granite State residents helped him rekindle his campaign and then win the most powerful job on Earth.
Following his speech, visitors in the "annex" waited patiently for over half an hour to catch a glimpse of the president. Meanwhile Clinton pressed the flesh in the gymnasium next door and played saxophone with the Dover school band, the Green Wave. Finally Clinton appeared on stage to greet the overflow crowd as hundreds of well-wishers of all ages pressed to the front of the stage to shake hands with the outgoing commander in chief. Too polite to shove, SeacoastNH.com's Disposable Cameraman grabbed the following images of the visit just for the heck of it. --- JDR
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