Clinton Library Billboards
Posted by Peter W. Schramm
The Clinton Presidential Library Foundation "has erected 10 billboards featuring an artists rendition of the future downtown library, hoping to make Little Rock and its library complex an international tourist destination." I dont quite understand this kind of promotion for a presidential library. Maybe its just part of the eternal campaign.
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Dr. Schramm, this story doesnt really strike me as being all that odd, especially if you accept the explanation by the Clinton Library: "to make Little Rock and its library complex an international tourist destination."
Whereas many of the recently-constructed presidential libraries are located in tourist-friendly places, or at least places that are heavy on people traffic (Bush 1 has his library positioned between Dallas, San Antonio and Houston), Nixons is in tourist-friendly Southern California, Reagans is in Simi Valley, California and Carters is in Atlanta, GA) and therefore, have access to a greater amount of tourist traffic.
Its not often that you hear "tourism" and "Little Rock, Arkansas" mentioned in the same sentence. Personally, I think the goal of building business for the area is a noble one. If billboard advertising plays a role in that endeavour, more power to them.
I was thinking about posting this on someones blog, and I have posted it at some places. Since we are talking about Bill again, this seems like an appropriate time to post a link to one of the best documents that I have ever encountered.
(I have taken this, originally published by Rising Tide, a publication of the Republican National Committee, and annotated it with embedded reference links, and put it on the web. This is perhaps the only place where an annotated version of this neat document can be found.)
The Complete Clinton Calendar
Covering the first term (1993-1997) of the Clinton administration
Please look through that, and tell me what you think...