Former President Bill Clinton was awarded "Father of the Year" this morning at a reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Clinton received the award from the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council. According to the nonprofit’s website, the award is presented to fathers who have achieved professional success while serving as role models to their children.
Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, was on hand to present her father with the award and had this to say:
"My father has never stopped being an example for me, most of all, in the way that he has been my father. When he told me the importance of telling the truth about things like not being the fry guy or always being home for dinner unless he was on another continent or kind of helping me through my algebra homework or navigating sort of more serious decisions in life. He everyday is my dad and I don’t need an award to tell me that he is the best I could have ever hoped for but I’m grateful that he is getting the recognition that I, of course as his unapologetically biased daughter thinks he always deserves."
Other notable Father of the Year honorees have included Donald Trump, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former presidential nominee John Edwards, professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, Larry King, Clinton’s former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos, and film magnate Harvey Weinstein.
To celebrate Clinton’s parental recognition, the Washington Free Beacon highlighted a few life lessons that Clinton has taught us all.
If You Are Going to Cheat on Your Wife, Don’t Commit Perjury
the U.S. House Of Representatives voted on Dec. 20, 1998, to impeach President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice after lying to a federal grand jury about his sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
People Will Still Like You If You Lie and Cheat
His approval ratings spiked to 73 percent On the day of Clinton’s impeachment. Clinton was able to maintain his likeability, leaving the White House with a historically high public approval of 68 percent.
What People Don’t Know, Won’t Hurt Them
Clinton signed in December 1993 a defense directive, known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ which said members of the military could no longer be asked about their sexual orientation but continued to ban military service members from serving as openly gay.