THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA VISITS TROY, TENNESSEE
August 31, 1996, President Bill Clinton became the first President to ever visit Obion
County. His campaign tour traveled through Obion County and made its only stop
at the campus of Obion County Central High School in Troy, Tennessee. He was
accompanied by his wife Hillary, his daughter Chelsea, Vice President Al Gore and
During the early morning hours, Iraq's military forces had invaded the City of Irbil in Northern Iraq. As a result of that, the world's attention quickly focused on Troy when President Clinton made his first statement on the overnight developments on the situation in Iraq. His Presidential motorcade was late leaving Paducah, Kentucky that morning because the President was busy discussing this situation with his national security advisors. The national media pool travailing with the President had been advised that the President would make an official statement when the motorcade made its first stop in Tennessee at the Town of Troy. All of the networks preempted normally scheduled programming to broadcast live from Troy, Tennessee.
|President Clinton with Vice President Al Gore
on his right and Tennessee's 8th District United States Congressmen John Tanner on his
left making his first official statement in regards to the overnight situation in
Iraq. CNN News interrupted normal programming to broadcast live to the world the
statement that President Bill Clinton made from Troy on CNN Breaking News with news
correspondent Wolf Blitzer.
CNN's Transcript of Clinton's statement in Troy, Tennessee