President, Secretary Clinton in town for airport ceremony

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas' most famous political couple was back home Friday to officially dedicate The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

    Now, bearing their name, The Clinton National Airport symbolizes more than just an airport for President and Secretary Clinton.

    "More than 40 years ago, the first time I came to Arkansas, I flew into this airport. I was picked up by this young man I was dating in law school," Hillary Clinton reminisced about her first trip to the Natural State.

    "All the times I flew in and out of here. I remember the night I flew back from the governor's conference in Washington in 1980. My most important arrival at the Little Rock Airport [was] 15 minutes before Hillary's water broke," President Clinton said as he told the crowd about his most memorable flight into Little Rock.

    The dedication of the newly named Bill and Hillary National Airport also marks the completion of a $67 million improvement project. Kay Kelley Arnold, chairman of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, said the ticket lobby was 40 years old.

    "Since the terminal opened, we have tripled the amount of customers that we serve and the improved lobby is modern. It's larger and it will really set an architectural standard that will be used throughout the construction," she explained.

    President Clinton said an airport allows you to never lose touch with where you came from.

    "I first flew out of this airport in college. Almost 50 years ago, so it always symbolizes to me the first airplane flight I took that gave me a sense of freedom and movement and the idea that I could go somewhere, do something else, learn something else, see something else and not lose my attachment of home," he reflected.

    Following the ceremony, the Clinton's got a look at the airport's improvements and put a face with a name for travelers flying in and out of The Clinton National Airport.

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