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Former US President Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year'

Reuters | 11th Jun 2013
Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton.

New York: He's been commander in chief, Time magazine's 1993 man of the year, had hopes of becoming "First Laddie" of the United States and now former US President Bill Clinton is in line for a new title - 'Father of the Year'.

The non-profit National Father's Day Council plans to award him that honor at a New York fundraiser for Save the Children on Tuesday. Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, was just 12 years old when the family moved into the White House and Bill Clinton and wife former Secretary of  State Hillary Rodham Clinton worked to keep her out of the limelight.

One of the most iconic images of the family to come out of that period was when the three were photographed, walking hand in hand across the White House lawn to a waiting helicopter shortly after the news broke of Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. That scandal lead to Clinton's impeachment for perjury.

Chelsea Clinton, now 33 and a special correspondent for NBC News, said on Twitter "I completely agree!!!" when the award was first made public in January. The National Father's Day Council cited Clinton's philanthropy work through the William J Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative, both started after he left the White House in 2001.

In addition to his charity work, Bill Clinton appeared on the campaign trail in 2008 when Hillary Clinton ran for president, joking that if she was elected his honorific title could be "First Laddie."
Clinton, 66, as well as Macy's Inc Chief Executive Terry Lundgren, will be honored for "their success in balancing accomplished careers and the demands of fatherhood," the council said in a statement.

Since the Father of the Year award was first bestowed in 1941, the citation has gone to Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, and sports notables Shaquille O'Neal and George Foreman.

Years after leaving the White House, as he prepared for his daughter's 2010 wedding to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, Bill Clinton said he was preparing for what he called the most important job he would ever do: "walking Chelsea down the aisle."

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Military MEN and WOMAN LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS speak the truth. Did we not fight for our FREEDOMS? One of them being FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Balancing... hmmmm balancing his BALLS on the CHIN of an INTERN in OUR WHITE HOUSE CAPITOL building, balancing an EIGHT YEAR = EIGHT YEAR relationship with a woman NOT his wife while governor of one of OUR great STATES, TAX FRAUD...I = I believe the man holding down WORK living without a house but has a HOME legally in OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THATS RAISING HIS OR SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILDREN wouldn't want to be compared to some one the likes of this repulsive self centered bastard. AND to think he would just soak it up and revel in the moment with that in his history. Think about why this organization chose him. Think about what kind of political advertisement this is, why and for whom. THE HEROES IN THIS COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are those dealing with cause and affect of a corrupt government. AND our GREAT MEN and WOMEN coming back from a war that will put their LIFE on the line AGAIN TO REPORT THE CORRUPTION EMPLOYED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY by this government. WE STAND TALL enough to see and protect, WE STAND TALL to serve and protect the people of this GREAT NATION and not a corrupt government .

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