Arkansans write their condolences to the Bush family
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
It is widely known Arkansas's own, President Bill Clinton, had a special bond with the late President George H.W. Bush. December 5th marks the day of mourning for his death.
In observance of that day, the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock was closed, but the lobby remained open and offered a book of condolences for anyone to come sign. "It's so touching to see the relationship that they had over the years. So, it made complete sense for us to have this little memory book available for people to sign," said Ben Thielemier, communications manager for the Clinton Foundation.
Wednesday afternoon, Melissa Nelson walked into the front doors and took no hesitation to write a small note. She said, "well, I'm a native Texan because I was born and raised in Texas. Even though he was an adopted Texan, we took pride in him." Now, she calls Little Rock home. Nelson and her family are grateful for the time President Bush spent leading our country. "We have an affinity for the Bush family. I watched the funeral today. It was beautiful. I cried many times," she said.
For those still wanting to sign their condolences to the Bush family, the book will be available in the lobby for the next 2 weeks. It will then travel to Texas and be given to the Bush Presidential Library in College Station.
The Clinton Presidential Library will reopen Thursday at 9 a.m.