Fifteen years ago, I was on the top level of the press riser during the Clinton Presidential Center dedication. I was the northernmost person on the riser through most of the ceremony. The only people who received more wind or rain than I were the sharpshooters on the rooftop.
Here are some of the photos I took that morning.
Early morning on the Library Site
Dawn is breaking, and a break in the rain on November 18, 2004. Hopes were improving.
Andrew DeMillo (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) and Lance Turner (Arkansas Business) in the print media rows of the press riser. DeMillo is now with Associated Press.
Mayor Jim Dailey prepares to be interviewed by Candy Crowley on CNN.
As the rains started, staffers sought coverage.
The Philander Smith College Choir performed.
The Lyon College Drum and Pipe Band performed.
The Color Guard preparing to enter the ceremony.
The First Ladies entering the ceremony. Barbara Bush (center of the photo) looks like she is having fun!
The Presidents entering the ceremony without umbrellas.
President Jimmy Carter addresses the crowd.
President George H W Bush addresses the audience.
President George W. Bush addresses the gathering.
First Lady Hillary Clinton delivering her remarks (and getting even wetter due to an off center umbrella placement).
President Bill Clinton closing out the ceremony with his comments.