This afternoon William Clinton, from Kigali, Rwanda, received a signed photograph from U.S. President William Clinton.
Last January while photographing a micro finance story for Rwanda’s Coojad cooperative bank, I met a bartender named William Clinton. Leaving with his email in hand, I planned to send him a photo of President William Clinton, when I returned to the United States. If only I hadn’t lost the email. Then I had an idea.
In October I made a 5×7 print with photos of the two Clintons side by side, and sent it to a good friend who works for the Clinton Foundation, in New York city. He passed it on to President Clinton. How wonderful it would be, I wrote to the president, if I could bring to the Rwandan William Clinton a signed photograph from the U.S. William Clinton. It never hurts to ask. I believe my wife thought I was crazy, until the signed photo came in the mail shortly before I left for Rwanda.
Today I completed my mission. Thank you President Clinton! You scored big with your Rwandan namesake.
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