In the early morning hours Saturday, the day after Christmas, as yet unidentified terrorists attempted to incinerate one of the holy places in America, the once unpretentious childhood home of Democratic deity and 42nd president of the US, William Jefferson Clinton. The Julia Chester Hospital in Hope was the actual birthplace of the future president but was demolished in a fit of amnesia by local authorities. A small shrine exits in the location commemorating the wondrous event.
The home once owned by the grandparents of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the US, 1993-2001.
A newspaper account of the incident can be found here. The house, located at 117 South Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas was the home of President Clinton for the first four years of his majestic life. In 1994 the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places and its administrators, the Clinton Birthplace Foundation, turned the property over to the National Park Service in 2010 and it is now a unit of that agency.
Daily during the summer tourist season, some 60 or 70 curious travelers that have found their way to this remote hamlet take the time to wander about the two-story frame structure that was the scene of baby Bill's first steps on the road to the everlasting thanks of a grateful nation. That some un-American terrorists would attempt to defile this monument is nearly unthinkable. In addition to local law enforcement and the Arkansas State Police, the crime is being investigated by one of the National Park Service law enforcement units, the armed Special Agent (SA) branch of the United States Park Rangers. The United States Park Police could also become involved.
Preliminary estimates assess the damage to the national treasure as being in the neighborhood of $20,000. Perhaps schoolchildren can contribute their dimes and nickels to the effort to restore the building to its former glory.