Enthusiastic Crowd Greets President on UCO Campus

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Oklahoman

EDMOND, Okla. — As President Clinton stepped back on stage and waved a final goodbye about 5:15 p.m. Friday, Kerri Schumacher couldn’t help but lose control.

Jumping up and down, the University of Central Oklahoma senior let out a scream and laughed with the kind of excitement usually reserved for lottery winners.

Or people who brush hands with the president.

Moments earlier, Schumacher had stood on a chair and stretched out her arms, the sardine-packed crowd pushing from behind as the president and first lady Hillary Clinton approached.

“There he is,” yelled a woman on tiptoes. “I can see his hair.”

As he moved closer, Schumacher took off her glove and extended her hand. “Hi, Mr. President.”

“Hi” he and then Hillary replied, as the president looked her in the eye and squeezed her hand.

In Oklahoma to commemorate the first anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, Clinton touted anti-terrorism legislation as he addressed thousands of UCO students and other Oklahomans.

Clinton, a longtime friend of UCO President and former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh, spoke below the historic Old North Tower, the oldest higher education building in Oklahoma.

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