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Clinton named Father of the Year

Jan. 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM  |  Updated Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The National Father's Day Council has named former President Bill Clinton as its 2013 "Father of the Year."

The group cited Clinton's work as president and with the William J. Clinton Foundation since he left the White House in 2001. It also mentioned the Clinton Global Initiative and his position as U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti after the country had been battered by hurricanes and the devastating 2010 earthquake.

"With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the father of the year award," said Dan Orwig, head of the Father's Day Committee.

The group did not mention the sex scandals that dogged Clinton during the 1992 campaign and in the White House.

Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have a home in Chappaqua, N.Y. Chelsea Clinton, their only child, married Marc Mezvinsky, the son of two former members of Congress, in 2010.

The award is to be presented June 13 in New York. Previous recipients include Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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