A CELEBRATION OF HOPE

CLINTON GREETS THE MOST ECSTATIC CROWDS OF HIS PRESIDENCY AS HE VISITS A PEOPLE IN SEARCH OF PEACE

THE CITIZENS OF BELFAST GATHERED in Donegall Square last week to stand in the cold wind and hearken to the words of a man making an unprecedented visit. "It's truly grand. I've never seen anything like this before," said Paul Thomas. "Everybody's come together." Indeed they had, by the tens of thousands, Protestant and Catholic, Unionist and Republican. They carried babies, waved flags and cheered with abandon when Bill Clinton, the first American President ever to visit Northern Ireland, flipped the switch that lit up a 49-ft. white pine Christmas tree, flown in from Nashville, Tennessee, the sister city of Belfast.

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