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John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, called President Bill Clinton “my favorite public servant representative in the world.” Bryant welcomed the 42nd U.S. President to the 2015 HOPE Forum over the weekend in Atlanta. It was held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center January 15-17, and coincided with a weekend of celebrations in Atlanta in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

In delivering the keynote speech Saturday, Mister Clinton said, “the idea that private citizens can do public good is very important.” He also said that during his trip to Atlanta, he read the inaugural address of Georgia’s republican Governor Nathan Deal, who just got re-elected. The former U.S. President said “one of the nicest things about his inaugural address was a passionate and a genuine call for reducing the size of the prison and jail population.” Clinton called it “a long way from eliminating any support for college education, which happened 20 years ago”. Clinton saying, “we have a chance for all partisan differences in America to come together around this idea, around the size of our incarcerated population, and preparing people who get out for living a productive life.” He also called it an enormous opportunity for Operation HOPE.

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Posted by Natasha Eldridge, Office of the Chairman

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