The View From Hillary Clinton’s Room

Masud Chowdhury, one of the instructors from IUB insisted on taking me to the Sonargaon Hotel a few weeks ago. Being a seasoned journalist he managed to get us into the penthouse “Presidential Suite” where Hillary Clinton stayed in 1995 and 2000. It was in Bangladesh that Hillary met with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who championed micro-credit loans as a tool to fight world poverty. In Clinton’s biography she described the view from her window (the slums have since been cleared and replaced with high rise buildings) compared to the inside of the hotel. Bill Clinton was the first US President to visit Bangladesh and till this day he is fondly remembered here.

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