Even though his favorite Menger Mango ice cream was not on the menu, former President Bill Clinton made an upbeat return to San Antonio last night, to celebrate his Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros being named the International Citizen of the Year by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, 1200 WOAI's Berit Mason reports.
Cisneros joked that even through he was the honoree, the huge crowd was there to hear from President Clinton.
"I am going to keep my remarks short, so you can hear from the person you came to hear," Cisneros said.
And, true to his lifelong form, Clinton spoke and spoke and spoke, talking for nearly an hour on everything from Cisneros' legacy to Texas' role in the world. He spoke about one of his key issues, the growing income inequality in the United States.
"The inequality is a severe restraint on growth, not just income, but inequality in education, and health care," the former President said.
Clinton said the world is more interdependent than ever thanks to the Internet, and it is critical that the United States not shy away from taking a role in world affairs.
"We have everything we need to lead the world in a positive and good way," he said. "But we have to prove that we will live in a world with shared opportunity, prosperity, peace, and opportunity."
Clinton said the great work of the early 21st Century will be to define the limits of America's interdependence.
Cisneros said Texas will also have a huge role to play in world affairs, with our large population and booming oil and gas wealth.
"San Antonio, Austin, and in many ways Dallas and Houston will become one of the mega regions of the world," Cisneros said. "Mark my words, it's coming."