Meadville Tribune

Local News

April 19, 2008

VIDEO: Bill Clinton visits Allegheny College

Click image for video

You must have Quicktime installed to view this video

By Jane Smith

meadville tribune

Bertie Tullis of Saegertown was sitting in a lawn chair Saturday before 10 a.m. on the lawn behind the Patricia Bush Tippie Alumni Center of Allegheny College.

She was waiting to experience what thousands of others did Saturday — an historic event in Crawford County: A speech by a former president of the United States.

In this case it was Bill Clinton.

It is only the second time in recent history — if ever — that a former president spoke in Crawford County. The first was the late Gerald Ford when he was keynote speaker at a Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce dinner in 1983.

“I like him. He was a great president,” said Tullis of Clinton and why she was at the scene three hours ahead of the scheduled time.

Clinton arrived on time to greet the estimated more than 1,800 persons who stood in the hot weather to hear him promote his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, as the better nominee for president.

It was clear from the start that the former president had done his homework before coming to the college and Crawford County. “This is the birthplace of the direct primary,” he said, noting “direct primaries are good.” He said they get “more democratic with a small d and a large D.”

Eleven thousand people have voted for delegates in a primary versus 2,200 in caucuses, he said. “You should be proud to have given birth to that right here.”

Clinton talked about Allegheny College joining as a partner in his foundation for energy conservation. “We are working with colleges and universities all over America,” he said, noting they produce 6 percent of the gas emissions. One reason is many of the buildings are older and use a lot of energy. Energy use is high because of the many dormitories and computer labs and buildings open 24 hours a day.

Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide