Lewis W. Diuguid

Clinton keeps alive Truman’s spirit

Updated: 2013-05-09T16:16:16Z

Bill Clinton was right when he told a Kansas City audience that people have to do more to follow President Harry Truman’s example of being good neighbors.

Former President Clinton was in town Wednesday to accept the 2013 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award. Being a good neighbor, Clinton said, must extend to people “around the corner and around the world.”

Since leaving office in 2000, Clinton has been walking that talk, championing Haiti relief efforts after an earthquake and raising needed funds for other causes. The Truman honor for Clinton signals quite a marked change for the former president, who was impeached over a sex scandal while he was in office.

But people change, and the glow of their presidency — like Truman’s — gains added value with time.

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