In a notable event at the White House, First Lady Jill Biden and former First Lady Hillary Clinton joined forces to introduce the recipients of the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award for lifetime achievement in the arts.
Back at The White House
This gathering was Hillary Clinton’s return to the White House, a location intimately tied to her life and career that has largely centered around American politics.
The Praemium Imperiale Award is presented annually by the Japan Arts Association and is meant to recognize outstanding contributions in various artistic categories, including music, theater/film, painting, sculpture, and architecture.
A Big Moment Back
Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick, emphasized the significance of Hillary Clinton’s return to the White House, “I think for Hillary herself, I’m sure it will be quite a moment going back in.”
History at The White House
Previously, Hilary Clinton was the first lady to President Bill Clinton.
She later ran her own campaign to be the first female President in 2008 and 2016, but missed the mark in both elections.
Leading a Task Force
As the first lady, Hilary Clinton took on more responsibility than her predecessors after being put on a national task force meant to bring health insurance to every American.
The Scandal to be Remembered
Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton’s time as first lady is most often associated with Bill Clinton’s scandal and with Monica Lewinsky, where they found out the president had a sexual relationship with his intern.
Later Journeys In Politics
After her time as First Lady, Hillary Clinton continued her political journey, becoming a U.S. senator and later serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, but never achieved her dream as the first U.S. president.
A Long History with the White House
Jill Biden acknowledged Hillary Clinton’s historical connection with the White House saying,
“Secretary Clinton, Hillary, it’s an honor to welcome you back to the White House,” and “Hillary Clinton’s association with the White House spans decades, from her early visits as the wife of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton to her roles as U.S. senator and secretary of state.”
Honoring Artistic Excellence
At the event, Jill Biden expressed her admiration for Hillary Clinton stating, “Your lifetime of work has left an indelible mark on this country. Thank you for always doing all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can.”
The Critical Role of the Arts
In her own speech, Hillary Clinton emphasized the significance of the arts stating, “The artists being honored invite us to join a conversation with the world, to step beyond the limits of our imagination,” and quoted President Joe Biden who said he believes the arts “invigorate and strengthen democracy.”
Her Own Reflection
Hillary Clinton reflected on her controversial time as first lady stating, “My eight years in the White House tested my faith and political beliefs, my marriage and our nation’s Constitution.”
Despite the artistic celebration, many can’t look past the controversy surrounding Hillary with her return to The White House.
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