Bill Clinton - yes, I took this photo

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    I stood for four hours to see our former president Bill Clinton speak in Kirwood, MO. I wasn't able to get a seat, but we stood only about 10 yards from the podium. The very tallest guy in the building was standing right in front of me. Initially, I grumbled about his being in my line of sight. Later, I discovered that he was just perfect at blocking the bright lights that otherwise would have made some horrible light flare on the photos. As it turned out, Bill Clinton looks like he was lit in a portrait studio with a "hair light".
    William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton spoke for 50 minutes without notes or a prompter. His grasp of the issues, and his ability to communicate have always impressed me, whether I've agreed with him or not. In his speech, he was making the case for now President-Elect Obama. One of the things he was most impressed by Barak Obama was how Mr. Obama seeks out and listens to a wide variety of views before making up his mind. Further, that Mr. Obama was not interested in his concerns about the political impact of Bill's advice. Rather, he just wanted to know "the right thing to do".

    I was delighted to get a couple of dozen quite good portrait shots. I may have to do a composite of "the various moods and expressions of Bill Clinton".

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    iceman9294, Random and Odd, OmMane, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. lesleyscott 86 months ago | reply

      Good shot of our past President - years ago I was able to see him when he spoke across the street from where I work - that was back when he was first running for President and yes, he is a good speaker -

    2. Umer Hameed 86 months ago | reply

      normally US Presidents are not in my good list, but for sure, i really admire the persona of Mr. Bill Clinton, he is gem of a person, thanx for sharing this beautiful portrait of him..

    3. beth_blackbird 86 months ago | reply

      Nice - you should send that to him!

    4. ms4jah 86 months ago | reply

      This is amazing that you got to see him up close like this. I like your detailed description. And this shot is great becaues you got him looking and raising his hand.

    5. flipkeat 86 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo Tim..Amazing light to be got lucky. Love it when that happens..It was like me recently in the front row at THE WHO concert with my old little sony ...the light just worked perfectly in my favour lol.
      Great shot of Mr. Clinton...wonderful addition to have..great portrait. Awesome to see.

    6. Ray Tomes 86 months ago | reply

      Great result for your efforts.

    7. rwolfert 86 months ago | reply

      This is a great shot! Excellent, thoughtful commentary on both the President and the President-elect.

    8. slclarke 86 months ago | reply

      Didn't know he was quite so grey. He still has charisma, and so does Obama, and maybe it is that they can speak "off the cuff" which makes them seem sincere.

    9. mimbrava 86 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot, Tim. Do please make a composite of the others.

      What you mention is one of the reasons I took to President-elect Obama from the beginning: his desire to seek divergent views from smart people and his ability to synthesize them to reach a decision or conclusion. Isn't it fabulous that we're going to have an intelligent president again?
      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    10. sidney flic8 86 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot. I'm so glad to hear what Bill Clinton said about Barrock Obama.

    11. JoelDeluxe 86 months ago | reply

      great lighting. close enough for a press pass. story is easy to relate to. good fleshtone, good clothes, nice relation to his words and Obama.

    12. Ali in Cali 86 months ago | reply

      Wow! He looks so much older. Do you have any of Monica. I heard she is into purses now. AMAZING!

    13. elenibass Here from time to time:happytobewithyou 85 months ago | reply

      I always liked Bill Clinton, he has a charismatic personality, intelligent, complaisant and with a great dose of fine humour..Obama seems also to have the same charisma and maybe more....Your capture make me feel that i was there...or that he is here with all of us... so clear and natural...

    14. Remiss63 85 months ago | reply

      excellent image of Clinton. a classic view with his forefinger . . .

      I'm an admin for a group called Kirkwood, Missouri, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. craig a michaud [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      Great pic.I saw him a few times here in NH.Great guy

    16. memory in time( Patti ) 55 months ago | reply

      excellent!! I met him at a book signing, but alas, no cameras allowed! I think we could use more of his politics!

    17. smithtelfer 48 months ago | reply

      Cool shot! Definitely worth the wait!

    18. rnwikwor2 48 months ago | reply

      great shot fine photo. Bill remains ever so bright and sparkling as ever. God bless him!

    19. cambiodia 18 months ago | reply

      Just stumbled across this. What a great shot! I saw him a few years back in Nashville, but didn't have tne lens or the lighting to achieve anything worth posting - I, too, was impressed by his ability to speak so intelligently and seemingly without notes or prompts of any sort.

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