Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in the heart of Little Rock’s River Market District, The William J. Clinton Presidential Center includes America’s newest Presidential Library housing the largest archival collection in American presidential history. Featuring 20,000 square feet on three floors of exhibit space, the Clinton Library chronicles American history at the turn of the 21st century. It's the biggest and most popular of all the presidential libraries in the U.S.
After posing my secret service look in front of the actual '93 Cadillac Fleetwood presidential limousine, I looked around looked around a reconstruction of the White House Cabinet Room, the center of presidential decision-making since 1902. I browsed the 13 policy alcoves which documents the daily schedule of the president for every single day of his two terms, and a interactive 110-foot time-line within which the history of the Clinton Administration unfolds. Then it was just another day at the Oval Office inside the full-scale replica, and I explored the section of the library displaying exhibits about life in the White House (the splendor of state events, the spirit of holiday celebrations and how the Clintons made the White House their home). Lastly, I gave my presidential address.
Now, back to Arkansas! =)
I arrived in Hot Springs this evening and just before ordering my din-din from Starbucks, I received a wonderful phone call from Pete, a CF host who said to come stay with him! Like myself, Pete is currently taking a break from a ride on the corporate ladder. He recently spent two months at Plum Village Buddhist practice center in France. His interests are Farming/gardening, live music, live poetry, art, meditation, and peace. Did I mention is backyard is the Hot Springs National Park?
I pulled into his driveway and there was Pete, bamboo stick in hand. He didn't hit me with it so that was a plus. He was just outside finishing his stretching. He welcomed me inside his home and showed me to my own clean, tidy guest room. He delightfully whipped me up a delicious Asian tofu dish - with an Arkansas twist, lol. Later he led me through his nightly relaxation exercises, which just about put me into a coma, lol. My experience with Pete reminded me that I have a lot of energy, and I'm taking my cross-country trip by storm, and sometimes Matthew, you've just got to relax. That's what Hot Springs is all about.