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Ottawa woman crosses paths with former President Clinton

By ABBY CROSTHWAIT, Herald Staff Writer | 5/15/2013

What was supposed to be an ordinary trip to a museum, turned into a memorable visit for Nancy Sutton.

Sutton, Ottawa, was with her boyfriend visiting the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Ark., when she realized former President Clinton was in town and had been at the museum earlier that morning, Sutton said.

What was supposed to be an ordinary trip to a museum, turned into a memorable visit for Nancy Sutton.

Sutton, Ottawa, was with her boyfriend visiting the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Ark., when she realized former President Clinton was in town and had been at the museum earlier that morning, Sutton said.

“We had missed [the Clintons] that morning and we were getting ready to leave when the lady said ‘Stick around they’re going to come back,’” she said. “We thought, ‘OK, we will’ and it worked out fine.”

President Clinton and the former first lady, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were in Little Rock for an event honoring the Clintons by re-naming the local airport after them, she said. Sutton met the former Arkansas governor before the airport event.

“He was there for about 10 minutes shaking hands,” she said. “We asked if we could take our picture with him and he said yeah.”

Sutton said she was awestruck when she met Clinton.

“I was very nervous, I don’t think I even said two words,” she said. “He’s very friendly, as ordinary as a person could be. He seemed like any everyday guy. He talked to the kids. He talked to everyone. It didn’t matter who it was.”

Sutton and her boyfriend were on a short vacation in Arkansas when they visited the museum, she said. Having been to nine other presidential museums and being unaware President Clinton was in town, she didn’t expect to meet him.

“We took a five-day vacation to different places down there,” she said, noting trips to Fayetteville and Hot Springs, as well as to Little Rock. “We were just lucky we were there at the right time.”

Sutton said she’s not the only person in her family to now have had a picture taken with a president.

“It was kind of neat because my dad was in color guard for [former President Dwight] Eisenhower when they opened his museum and dad had his picture taken with him,” she said. “My family didn’t believe me when I told them. They thought he was a wax figure.”

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