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VinVega 11-18-04 08:49 AM

Clinton Library to Open in Little Rock
 
Yahoo Story

By DAVID HAMMER, Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Bill Clinton (news - web sites) is hosting a party befitting his role as a political rock star complete with actual rock stars, Hollywood luminaries, an Air Force flyover and the whiff of scandal.

An estimated 30,000 guests were expected to pack downtown Little Rock on Thursday for the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center, the $165 million glass-and-steel home of artifacts and documents gathered during Clinton's eight years in the White House.

President Bush (news - web sites), former presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (news - web sites) and daughter Chelsea headline the event along with U2's Bono and The Edge.

But the true star is Clinton, whose library collection consists of more than 80 million presidential items. Clinton has promised to give scholars early access to previously private policy advice and other documents he isn't required to release until 2006.

When the building opens to the public Friday, visitors paying $7 can peruse the library's 14 alcoves detailing different aspects of Clinton's Oval Office years one of which is dedicated to scandal.

A presidential timeline opens with Clinton's 1993 inaugural address and his dream for the nation: "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."

In a series of eight 18-foot-wide panels, the library marks highlights and lowlights from each year of Clinton's presidency, such as the Oklahoma City bombing, Clinton-led peace efforts in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, and Clinton's impeachment and acquittal over the Monica Lewinsky affair.

The Lewinsky matter is covered in an alcove dedicated to the "politics of persecution." The display lumps together Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America," Kenneth Starr's Whitewater investigation in a collection that evokes the memory of Hillary Rodham Clinton describing a "right wing conspiracy" against her husband.

"We had to show this was a systematic attempt by Republican leaders to delegitimize Bill Clinton and the administration," said former Clinton adviser Bruce Lindsey, who worked with the ex-president through much of the exhibit-design process.

Library director David Alsobrook acknowledged that many wouldn't be satisfied.

"His supporters will say, `Oh, why did you give this so much space?'" Alsobrook said as reporters received advance tours Wednesday. "But his detractors will come up and say, `Dave, where is the blue dress?'"

Former Whitewater business partner Susan McDougal is pictured in an orange jumpsuit in the custody of U.S. marshals. Kenneth Starr is pictured prominently, but so are newspaper headlines screaming "Acquitted" after the Senate failed to convict Clinton.

Contrasting how the impeachment was treated, Clinton asked specifically for a double alcove on his diplomatic efforts in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and the Middle East, according to exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum.

On the back of each display panel, visitors can access an electronic version of Clinton's daybook. Eight touch-screen monitors call up a specific day in Clinton's presidency to discover what was on his official schedule.

Another highlight is the only full-scale replica of the Oval Office in a presidential library. Administration officials took thousands of photographs of the office to re-create the placement of every statue, photo and award.

Before the official dedication ceremony, trumpeter Phil Driscoll was to play "America," several Arkansas musicians will perform and Rita Dove, who Clinton appointed as the first black U.S. poet laureate in 1993, will read her poem "This Life."

Also scheduled to perform are bagpipers from Lyon College in Batesville; the marching band from Hot Springs High School, Clinton's alma mater; and African Drum Ballet, a group from Clinton's birthplace of Hope.

The ceremony culminates with Sen. Clinton introducing her husband for what are scheduled to be brief remarks. Their daughter Chelsea follows with the official presentation of the library keys to the National Archives and Records Administration, which takes over management of the institution from Clinton's private foundation.

Top-ranking members of Clinton's administrations are in Little Rock for the event, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (news - web sites), former Health and Human Services (news - web sites) chief Donna Shalala and former chief of staff Leon Panetta. Others spotted Wednesday include actors Kevin Spacey and Ed Begley Jr.

On the eve of the opening, Ilene and Charles Greinsky of New York City searched for a place to have dinner, wearing Clinton buttons and clutching shopping bags from the Clinton Museum Store.

"When he talks, even on TV, it still feels like he's talking just to you. There's no smirk on his face," said Charles Greinsky, pulling out of his wallet a laminated photo of the couple with Bill and Hillary Clinton (news - web sites).

classicman2 11-18-04 08:58 AM

1. Has does the cost of Clinton's library compare with the cost of other presidential libraries?

2. Who pays for the building of the Clinton library & other presidential libraries?

Groucho 11-18-04 09:06 AM

Interestingly, this is the first library to open in Arkansas, ever. "Why they done tied these pieces of paper between some cardboard? Them city folks is weird."

namrfumot 11-18-04 09:25 AM

Leno had a funny bit on this last night. There was some joke saying it took so long for this to open up because they had to seperate all the issues of Penthouse from the issues of Juggs.

Chew 11-18-04 09:27 AM


Originally posted by namrufmot
Leno had a funny bit on this last night. There was some joke saying it took so long for this to open up because they had to seperate all the issues of Penthouse from the issues of Juggs.
Another funny appearance by Willard J Fredericks. :lol:

Y2K Falcon 11-18-04 09:29 AM

I can't wait to see the Lewinsky "pop-up" books! :up:

bhk 11-18-04 09:38 AM

Does it contain copies of the books "My Lies" and "Lying History"?

wmansir 11-18-04 09:48 AM

Here's some more info on the "politics of persecution" alcove.

It contains such gems as:

From the start of the Clinton presidency, the administration's opponents waged an unprecedented fight for power. Seeking to steer America sharply to the right, Republican leaders pursued a radical agenda through radical means. They used new tools and tactics lawsuits, investigations, new partisan media, front groups, a secret slush fund, and deeply divisive rhetoric in their battle for political supremacy.

dick_grayson 11-18-04 09:50 AM

There must be one hell of an "adult" section.

classicman2 11-18-04 09:51 AM

I know that the Clinton library will put the best spin on his presidency as the other presidential libraries have.

It seems that sometimes even historians have difficulty in separating spin from fact. I expect they'll have great difficulty with the Clinton library. ;)

BTW: What about the plush apartment that's reserved for Bill in the library? I wonder if Hillary approved of that addition?

nemein 11-18-04 09:54 AM


What about the plush apartment that's reserved for Bill in the library? I wonder if Hillary approved of that addition?
Why would she object? It's just another "interactive" display ;)

classicman2 11-18-04 10:03 AM

I was surprised at how Clinton has aged.

I believe he should inquire of John Kerry as to who did Kerry's 'cosmetic' work. He/she did wonders with John.

Turd Ferguson 11-18-04 10:03 AM

I wonder if his apartment backs up to the Monica display so he can stick his tool through a peephole and give random lucky visitors the chance to be a "Virtual Intern".

VinVega 11-18-04 10:05 AM


Originally posted by classicman2
I was surprised at how Clinton has aged.

I believe he should inquire of John Kerry as to who did Kerry's 'cosmetic' work. He/she did wonders with John.

John Kerry won't have to worry about any premature aging due to the rigors of the Presidency. :lol:

You can say what you want about Bush and his vacations. The man has noticibly aged since he's been in the White House. You can run, but you can hide from the demands it seems. ;)

Turd Ferguson 11-18-04 10:05 AM

From the start of the Clinton presidency, the administration's opponents waged an unprecedented fight for power. Seeking to steer America sharply to the right, Republican leaders pursued a radical agenda through radical means. They used new tools and tactics lawsuits, investigations, new partisan media, front groups, a secret slush fund, deeply divisive rhetoric, and magically forcing his crank into a fat intern's mouth in their battle for political supremacy.

Corrected.

B.A. 11-18-04 10:21 AM


Originally posted by bhk
Does it contain copies of the books "My Lies" and "Lying History"?
Just think - you could be talking about our current President's future library.

classicman2 11-18-04 10:31 AM

It has been announced that the purpose of Clinton's apartment at his library:

From time to time he plans to stay over and conduct symposiums.

The subject of those symposiums was not revealed.

gettinbranded 11-18-04 10:42 AM


But it is one thing to spark an urban renewal and another to produce a memorable work of architecture, and that is where the Clinton library distinguishes itself. It rises above the imperfect standard set by the 25-year-old Kennedy Library, which was designed by New York City architect I.M. Pei and was, Polshek confides, Clinton's favorite presidential library.

For all its geometric power, Pei's library is not elegantly detailed and seems dropped onto its barren site, several miles south of downtown Boston, where there is little but Boston Harbor to relate to. Polshek's library, on the other hand, is expertly woven into a site that is rich in context, from a gracefully arching Rock Island Railroad bridge that springs across the Arkansas River to the river itself, a wide, sometimes brown, takin'-its-own-time waterway.

Polshek, an Akron native, has long been adept at what might be called "narrative modernism," infusing the abstract forms of modern architecture with the capacity to tell a story. The best example is his Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, completed in 2000 and consisting of a giant off-white sphere that seems to levitate within a transparent glass cube. He has done it again in Little Rock. Critics who once carped that the museum resembled a trailer on stilts should now be in full retreat.

Like the Rose Center, the Clinton library seems fresh but inevitable. Its museum is a simple rectangular volume based on a state-of-the-art update of a tried-and-true structure, the diagonal truss. The truss immediately relates the building to the nearby bridges, yet it is no facile, retro move. The design is imbued with the dynamism of contemporary life. The cantilevered box appears perched on its off-center entrance, making it look as if it might swivel around like the boom of a construction crane. But no crane is this architecturally refined.
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The interior is also quite special, in no small part because Clinton was such an attentive client. He insisted, for example, that the museum's replica of the Oval Office be placed so its windows would let in natural light. When the designers proposed a variety of plans for the exhibition space, he chose the one that reminded him of the library at Trinity College in Dublin, a two-story room with a soaring barrel vault and columns lined with bookshelves.

Visitors to the museum will enter a sleek ground-floor lobby and head upstairs, where they will be greeted by a striking view of downtown Little Rock out of one of those rectangle-shaped cutouts. Moving toward the river, they'll pass through a replica of the White House Cabinet Room and then enter the museum proper.

There, pairs of two-story cherry wood "pylons" march along the main aisle like the columns of a Gothic church. Between each pair, on each side of the aisle, is an alcovelike space that covers some aspect of the Clinton administration--on the first level, from the economy to health care; on the second, from life in the White House to Clinton family pets such as Socks the cat. The visit ends at a full-scale replica of the Oval Office.

Even if the museum merely evokes a library rather than being the real thing, it dazzles with its fine proportions, warm materials and animating natural light--a sharp contrast from the windowless "black box" of the typical presidential library.
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The museum, it turns out, is as skilled at "compartmentalizing" the subject of Clinton's impeachment as Clinton was while he was in office. The exhibition space mentions impeachment, but hardly emphasizes it, restricting the hugely controversial matter to a single alcove on the museum's first level. The alcove also covers the political battles leading up to impeachment, further deemphasizing it. Tiptoeing has never spoken so loudly. Only history will be able to judge whether the museum's take on impeachment is too little or just right.

For now, this much is clear: The Clinton Presidential Center is a major design success. It breaks the mold of the presidential library even as it builds an extraordinary bridge between past and present, architectural object and urban context. Here, monumental modernism is liberating, not oppressive. The monument to the ruler also benefits the people. Whatever your politics, red state or blue, that ought to be a blueprint for a better presidential library.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...l=chi-news-hed

gettinbranded 11-18-04 10:46 AM


Originally posted by classicman2
1. Has does the cost of Clinton's library compare with the cost of other presidential libraries?

2. Who pays for the building of the Clinton library & other presidential libraries?

It was privately funded.

In terms of $$$, I'd bet it was the most expensive yet.

Wonder what will go into the Bush library...

classicman2 11-18-04 11:23 AM

It's raining & rather chilly in Little Rock.

Democrats don't like the rain & cold.

Their spirits will be dampened somewhat.

Question: The Clinton was totally privately funded?

If so, it's the first one.

It's more than double the cost of Bush 1's library.

Turd Ferguson 11-18-04 11:29 AM


Originally posted by classicman2
It's raining & rather chilly in Little Rock.
Must be a vast right wing weather front.

weargle 11-18-04 11:51 AM


Originally posted by Turd Ferguson
From the start of the Clinton presidency, the administration's opponents waged an unprecedented fight for power. Seeking to steer America sharply to the right, Republican leaders pursued a radical agenda through radical means. They used new tools and tactics lawsuits, investigations, new partisan media, front groups, a secret slush fund, deeply divisive rhetoric, and magically forcing his crank into a fat intern's mouth in their battle for political supremacy.

Corrected.

It's magically delicious -- ML

JasonF 11-18-04 12:08 PM


Originally posted by classicman2
I was surprised at how Clinton has aged.

I believe he should inquire of John Kerry as to who did Kerry's 'cosmetic' work. He/she did wonders with John.

The man had coronary surgery less than two months ago. Let's cut him some slack, shall we?

classicman2 11-18-04 12:11 PM


Originally posted by JasonF
The man had coronary surgery less than two months ago. Let's cut him some slack, shall we?
I've seen people who have had recent bypass surgery.

They didn't look like Bill.

JasonF 11-18-04 12:15 PM

By the way, I did a quick tally:

Jokes in this thread about Clinton's sex life: 6
Jokes in this thread about Clinton lying under oath: 1 (bhk's ever so charming play on the title of Clinton's memoirs, and bhk, don't you ever let anyone tell you that joke is getting old!)

But the impeachment wasn't about the blow job. Keep telling yourselves that.


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