The Clinton House Museum launches a new exhibit entitled “Clinton Meets Kennedy” to commemorate the famous handshake and week of profound impact that kicked off President Clinton’s life of public service in 1963. This year’s 67th session of Boys Nation marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic and cherished moments in the program’s storied history: when a camera snapped a picture of a baby-faced Bill Clinton shaking hands with then-President John F. Kennedy.
Clinton, a 1963 Boys Nation graduate, was in the White House rose garden on July 24, 1963, with the senators from his class as Kennedy addressed the group. As Clinton recalls, he “muscled his way” through the masses and made sure he was front and center when Kennedy approached to shake everyone’s hands.
Clinton addressed this year’s class saying, “I hope that whatever you choose to do in your lives, whatever career you choose, that your week in Boys Nation will inspire the same desire to give back to your community, your country and the people all over the world, the opportunity to serve, to advance the cause of freedom and to empower people everywhere to make the most of their God-given skills is greater than it has ever been.”