ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON: Not so straight from my archives — C

Okay, I’ve had a difficult time trying to chose who would be my next subjects for this series. There are so many people whose last names start with C that I couldn’t make up my mind. Cesar Chavez, Aaron Copland, Ben Cohen, Wilson Cruz were all possibilities, however the decision was made easier when I realized that I’m writing this on President’s Day. It is only fitting that President Carter and President Clinton be the subjects for this journey to the archives.

 

President Carter answers question at a Town Hall Meeting on May 8, 1980 in Philadelphia.

I wasn’t actually media at this event. I was lucky enough to have my name drawn for one of the 1,500 tickets that were available to the public. Originally the event was supposed to take place in November and was cancelled due to the Iranian hostage crisis. However it was rescheduled in May. The President answered questions from the audience for about an hour and a half.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, President Jimmy Carter, Mrs. Trudeau and Mrs. Carter wave from the balcony of the White House on February 21, 1977.

One of the first heads of state that President Carter welcomed to the White House was Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The media stand position was changed from what it had been during previous welcoming ceremonies I had attended. So what I had thought would be a good position turned out not to be although it did allow me to get a good shot of the President, Prime Minister and their wives on the balcony of the White House.

President Clinton and Greek President Constantinos Stephanopoulos review the troops as part of the Welcoming Ceremony May 9, 1996.

The only invitation I got to attend a White House welcoming ceremony during the Clinton administration was for the President of the Helenic Republic, Constantinos Stephanopoulos. This time I was aware of were the President was going to walk when he and his guest reviewed the troops. I was able to position myself at spot where they came closest to the crowd. It was clearly difficult for the President not to acknowledge the cheers of the crowds, hence the smile on his face.

President Clinton acknowledged the crowd’s ovation at a fundraiser for Senator Chuck Robb of Virginia on October 3, 1994. Lynda Johnson Robb is on left next to Senator Robb.

This is another time when I was not media, but managed to get a front row view. I had worked on Senator Robb’s campaign. This is the year that his opponent was Oliver North. It is widely accepted that if the Republican party of Virginia had nominated anyone else but North, Virginia would have been part of the Republican gains of 1994.

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