National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History: Bill Clinton becomes a member

January 28, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

JAN. 26, 1996: President Bill Clinton receives his Club membership card from NPC President Sonja Hillgren after speaking to the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Showing his interest in the growing Hispanic electorate, he welcomes special guest Transportation Secretary Federico Pena.

JAN. 27, 1993: Chef, author, and popular television personality Julia Child speaks about the role of food in both our culture and in the White House, and reviews her 50 years studying and teaching cooking techniques and procedures. Concluding her talk with her signature signoff “Bon Appetit,” she is presented two National Press Club dinner plates by the Club’s chef.

JAN. 29, 2002: Interim President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai speaks of the future of his country, efforts to rebuild its infrastructure and the operations of his interim government. A year later, he appears at a standing-room only Newsmaker event just weeks before the invasion of Iraq in March by a coalition led by the United States.

This Week In National Press Club History is brought to you by the History & Heritage Committee, which preserves and revitalizes the Club’s century-plus history with revolving lobby displays, events, panel discussions and its continuing oral history project, which now contains more than 200 interviews with key Club officers and personnel.

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