William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is a former President of the United States of America.
Speech at Knox
He talked a lot about the human genome project, mainly the finding that all human beings 99.9 percent the same genetically. He found great value in this concept and used it as an inspirational message about how to live with other human beings despite differences. He also used his friendship with former President George H.W. Bush and Nelson Mandela and a strange encounter with Rush Limbaugh as anecdotes.
He left the stage after B.J. Hollars delivered his commencement address because he had other engagements.
Some people believe Bill Clinton indirectly killed Maytag in Galesburg by signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (also known as NAFTA) in 1994. But others, including some former Maytag workers, disagree.
Some have argued that the Whirlpool company would have closed the Galesburg Maytag plant with or without NAFTA. Whirlpool bought Maytag in 2006 and closed all of the subsidiary's plants due to an over capacity that resulted from the merger.
- 33 Months - Free Trade's Journey Through Galesburg the project of the Interactive Journalism class in the spring of 2007.
- MP3 of Bill Clinton's commencement speech - June 2, 2007. The Register-Mail will not keep this link active for long, so downloading, rather than streaming, the file is a good idea.