The week of Bill

28th July 2003, Comments 0 comments

Fans, friends and detractors of the ex-US President Bill Clinton had the opportunity to hear the statesman talk about terrorism, global responsibility and the Netherlands integration challenges. Sam Coleman reports.

The Dutch and expat guests were nervous and they had a right to be. They had spent between EUR 500-650 a plate with the expectation of seeing what many feel is the greatest US president since Kennedy.

Bill Clinton, for better or worse, is more than an ex-President — he is a cross between rock star and intellectual; Master of the Great Connect; disappointment and inspiration.

When President Clinton’s plane failed to depart on Friday, the 12th, many wondered what to expect. This was after all the second major change on the visit, the first switching the venue from a small Dutch town to Rotterdam, largest port of call in the world.

The Flevum Group, the main organisers along with The Amstel Club, RIBS and Dimagroup, rushed to assure guests that Bill Clinton would indeed come, albeit on Sunday, the 15th. Some 300 guests cancelled but the 1000 that did come were primed and ready for an evening of political insight and analysis in a post 9/11 world.

a cross between rock star and intellectual; Master of the Great Connect; disappointment and inspiration.

When President Clinton’s plane failed to depart on Friday, the 12th, many wondered what to expect. This was after all the second major change on the visit, the first switching the venue from a small Dutch town to Rotterdam, largest port of call in the world.

The Flevum Group, the main organisers along with The Amstel Club, RIBS and Dimagroup, rushed to assure guests that Bill Clinton would indeed come, albeit on Sunday, the 15th. Some 300 guests cancelled but the 1000 that did come were primed and ready for an evening of political insight and analysis in a post 9/11 world.

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