Former President Clinton returns home to Hope, Ark.

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An historic night in southwest Arkansas, as a famous son returns home. 

Former President Bill Clinton’s visit to Hope was the biggest event the small town has ever hosted.

“I’m excited because I’m gonna meet Bill Clinton,” said 7-year-old Kiptyn Camp.

The 42nd president drew crowds of families to Hempstead Hall.

“I’m here with my dad and brother,” said Landon Camp, 9.

Parents brought their children, who may not have lived through the presidency, but understand the legacy.

“He built the bridge to the 21st Century,” said 4-year-old Griffin Ramos. 

The kids prepared questions to ask the former commander-in-chief when they met him. 

“I’m gonna ask him how much did he bowl in the White House, because it had a bowling alley,” said Landon Camp. 

“I’m gonna ask him how many bathrooms do they have in the White House,” said Kiptyn Camp. 

More than 1,200 people purchased tickets for the annual meeting of the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce. Officials said the banquet portion of the evening sold out within hours after they announced the former president was headlining the event. 

“It’s been a lot of buzz and a lot of excitement,” said Clay Lance, president of the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce.

Clinton’s keynote presentation took the form of a conversation with longtime friends from Hope Mack McLarty and Joe Purvis. 

“They’re gonna make tonight a very special night for our community,” said Lance.

Inviting attendees along for the trip down memory lane and bolstering hometown pride. 

“Big day and a big deal,” said Landon Camp.
 

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