Former President Bill Clinton Talks to KMIR6
More star sightings in La Quinta on day two of the Humana Challenge. But the person who made the biggest impression, former President Bill Clinton.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
LA QUINTA - More star sightings in La Quinta on day two of the Humana Challenge.
But the person who made the biggest impression, former President Bill Clinton.
Former President Bill Clinton is making a big impact on our valley with his involvement in the Humana Challenge.
And he promises to come back.
"I will be here, yeah I signed on, I will be here every year."
Former President Bill Clinton showed us the putter that Bob Hope gave him many years ago.
We asked what his good friend Bob Hope would have said knowing how involved health has become now with this tournament.
"Oh he would have loved it, but keep in mind, its not an accident that he lived as long as he did. First time I met him was in the late 70s and we had a dinner until late night, and he said you know I do a lot of these late night dinners doing what I do, and if I didn't walk that day, I'd go out after these late night dinners and I'd walk an hour, I don't care what time it is, I do an hour every day. And when I got older and I didn't play golf as much, I still did my hour, and he said if it snows and people tell me I'm too old to have a broken bone, I wear big boots and I take a larger than average umbrella. So he would be tickled, I think he would like it a lot, I miss him, I wish he was here."
Clinton reminisced on the last time he played the Bob Hope Classic.
"First I remember that the three of us were uncommonly bad that day, and I played Gerald Ford and George Bush both were capable of playing good golf."
"I played bad, had a great time, Hope played about four holes and he sang to us all the way."
Now the former President returns to the valley to the Humana Challenge, beginning with a conference on health and wellness and featuring a newly formatted four day tournament.
"So from a golf point of view I think is really been good, and from the point of view of trying to advance public health I think it's been good, and I'm honored that Humana and I have been able to do this with the PGA.
President Clinton says golf and politics are the perfect mix.
"I think it would help if they played golf together once a week, you know if the President announced to the country I want to take half a day a week with the Republican and Democrat leaders of Congress, I don't think the country would boo, I think the country would cheer."
And the crowd cheered for the former President here at the Humana Challenge.
President Clinton also tells us he's looking for ways to boost the quality of the tournament by encouraging even more foundations such as his, as well as more world-class PGA players to come on board in the coming years.