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First Lady Spots Billboards around the Globe

Date: August 21, 2003




Billboards have captured the attention of Hillary Clinton, around the world.

Alert reader Michael Colbruno (Clear Channel-California) noticed that Sen. Hillary Clinton's best-selling new book Living History includes references to billboards in Israel and Africa.

After the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, President Bill Clinton eulogized Rabin in the Rose Garden at The White House, ending his statement in Hebrew: "Shalom, chaver (good-bye, friend)."

"Those last words in Hebrew became a validating and rallying cry. When we arrived in Israel for Rabin's funeral, we saw billboards and bumper stickers quoting Bill," Hillary Clinton wrote in her book (page 316).

Later, during a trip to Africa, First Lady Clinton was impressed by Uganda's efforts to fight the AIDS epidemic.

"As I drove in from the airport at Entebbe, I saw billboards touting the ABCs of AIDS prevention: Abstain, Be faithful or wear a Condom," she wrote in her book (page 404). The campaign was led by Uganda's charismatic President, Yoweri Museveni, who believed in confronting head-on problems that traditionally had been ignored and neglected in the rest of the continent."

In the Senate, Hillary Clinton is a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over outdoor advertising issues.


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